Bio

Vancouver Drummer Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips is a Vancouver drummer and graduate of the Master’s of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Victoria. Though he is most at home in popular music, his formal studies have made him equally comfortable performing with an orchestra. Rob is currently focusing on building his professional experience as both a live drummer and session drummer working with Vancouver musicians, while also offering local and online drum lessons for beginner to advanced drummers.

Rob has collaborated with Canadian artists Cat Thomson, Amble Greene, Paige Morgan, Kieran Mercer, Gio Levy, Mike Edel, Amy Wood, Chelsea-Lyne (Ciele), Opera-Club, Chris Ho, Chelsea Sleep and many others. Teaming up with the talented folk/pop artist Chelsea-Lyne, Rob was sampled by Gotye for his mashup YouTube video “Gotye – Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra”, which features many covers of the hit single “Somebody that I Used To Know”.

Check out the video, with more than 3 million views – Skip to 2:00 to see Rob and Chelsea-Lyne.

In the summer and fall of 2013, Rob played with Amble Greene in the Peak Performance Project, an artist development competition put on by Music B.C and 102.7 The Peak.  

Beyond the pop world, Rob has performed in jazz ensembles for various dignitaries including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Governor General of Canada, and the Premier of British Columbia. He has also played with the Victoria Symphony, where he shared the stage with acclaimed Canadian fiddle player Ashley MacIsaac, as well as New York vocalist Emily Braden.

Whether in a band or with an orchestra, Rob’s artistic goal is to serve the song in the best possible way he can.

For stage and/or studio work or lessons, contact Rob.

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