The life of Phildel has been anything but ordinary, and she uses the power of her personal experiences to create extraordinary music.
As a child, Phildel found herself entrapped in a religious household void of power and deprived of music. Wordsworth put it best: “We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” She left home at the age of seventeen to rebuild her personal identity and to develop the musical visions that had been manifesting in her imagination. The result of those visions can be heard in her debut album, The Disappearance of The Girl, with the title alluding to her past.
Following a stellar performance in Vancouver last week at CBC Studio 700, I had the opportunity to talk to Phildel about the effect that music has had on her, the most rewarding process in making her debut, and the message of her music.
asapmusicblog.ca: To get to know you a little better, I know that you graduated with a degree in English Literature. I was wondering what your favourite course was during your time in university?
Phildel: It was poetry – a general, basic course. In that we studied so much different stuff, from Wordsworth’s The Prelude to T.S. Eliot. Actually, Wordsworth… The Prelude really defined a lot of my artistic vision in many ways, It’s sort of about the landscape and the sublime of the landscape, and the feeling like you can almost go on a spiritual journey within yourself by traveling through the landscape and connecting with nature, and it was something that I found really resonated with me later in my life. But yes, so I’m really close to nature now, and that’s partly why The Glass Ghost is kind of winter-inspired.
A: You grew up in a household void of music, as a form of oppression in the hands of your stepfather. When you finally had access to all of this music you were deprived of, what aspects of it did you connect with the most?
P: I’d say the power of it, and I think because I came from a very… I don’t know if disempowered is even a word, but I came from a place of real vulnerability. The first thing that I loved about music was the power behind dance music and really powerful music, I suppose, that whips you up and gives you this energy and that’s quite euphoric – those are all the things that I loved first off about the music that I was getting into. I think I still kind of have that a bit, like my angriest songs are all dance-y songs that really kind of energetic.