Andy Phillips has been entertaining crowds for years with his diverse musical background. Starting out at the tender age of fifteen, he was first introduced to the Steelpan in his native Trinidad & Tobago through the influence of his older brothers who also played the instrument. Beginning with the steel Orchestra, “Starlift”. Andy then went on to be one of the founding members of the most innovative and known steel orchestra in Trinidad, “Phase II Pan Groove.” He then played with “Jewel 22.”
His love for music would take him around the globe on a musical journey to such places as Europe, Latin America, Canada, the United States of America (playing at Madison Square Gardens with Starlift) and many of the islands of the Caribbean. In Europe, Andy focused his attention on the bass guitar, under the mentoring of Clive Charman, bassist for Jeff Beck and Robert Bailey of Osibisa. While in London, England, Andy was given the opportunity to preform for local networks ITV and BBC and play with such talents as Allan White (drummer from YES) and vocalist Paul Corder (who is produced by Roger Daugherty). Andy himself formed the group “Roots” and toured the continent extensively, while based in Zurich.
In the early eighties, Andy returned to the Trinidad and recorded with many local artists, and proved to be one of the most sought out bass player in Trinidad. Playing with Clive Zanda, Gene Lawrence, Andre Tanka, Len (Boogsie) Sharpe, Raff Robertson, Nappy Meyers and touring the Caribbean from coast to coast in numerous venues, events and Jazz festivals.
An opportunity in the United States, would take Andy to Miami, Florida to form the group, “Zero Crew,” as the lead bass player and background vocalist.
From the United States, Andy traveled to Cancun, Mexico in the early nineties, playing with the band “Volcano” on the popular tourist strip called the Hotel Zone at Senor Frogs Bar and Grill.
A seasoned professional, Andy has played in numerous venues, including weddings, celebrity galas, banquet and reception halls and cruise ships, playing a wide array of musical genres, such as Calypso, jazz, rock, R & B, Latin Rhythms and pop chart favourites.
Currently residing in Toronto, Canada, Andy had turned his attention back to his “first love” the steelpan. Andy’s vision is simple as he says, “I would like to touch the hearts and lives of people through the joy of music as it has done so for me.”