Philip George: 'It's Insane To Think Stevie Wonder Knows Who I Am'
Get to know the 'Wish You Were Mine' producer...
If it weren't for the mighty Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, 21-year-old newcomer Philip George would be No.1 this week after landing at No.2 on Sunday with his infectious, Stevie Wonder-sampling dance tune Wish You Were Mine.
Speaking exclusively to MTV News UK, the Nottingham-based house producer told us it's "absolutely insane" to think the Superstition singer even knows he exists.
"For him to even know who am and to even listen to my music is an actual honour, I can’t really explain it," he said. "It’s incredible you know, I’ve grown up listening to him with my parents. He’s a legend. He’s got so many well known songs and it really is so weird for him to even like my songs. It's just incredible!"
Four months ago George was working part-time in Next and behind the bar at a golf club. Today, he's filmed a music video in New York, been No.2 in the Official UK Singles Chart and been given the metaphorical keys to the Motown Records vault.
After gaining traction with the track for two years over Soundcloud, on which his biog states: "Don't expect any specific style of house because house is house," George told us of his attitude to people's tendency to pigeonhole artists, especially dance music producers.
"I think it’s going to happen with anybody isn’t it? It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ll always get pigeonholed – you can make every style of house and someone will come up with a name for what kind of house you’re making.
"I don’t like being pigeonholed. For me, I make house music, it’s 125 bpm or around there and whatever comes out, it’s house music you know what I mean?"
Who cares what it's called Phil, just keep making it!
With a debut album now on the cards, doors must be opening all over the place but who would George ideally love to vocal a track?
"I said on the radio and I’ll stick by it, someone like Sam Smith because his voice is actually incredible. Him or John Newman. They’ve already done tracks like this but I just think their voices are just unique compared to any other artists in the charts. They’ve just got a different style to everybody else, that’s what stands out for me."