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“At most places I lecture at, kids seem to be concerned about getting ahead and earning money. I teach them that they need to be good at what they do and then they can think about getting paid.”
He stressed the importance of musicians earning their “apprenticeship”, playing on as many songs as they can. When Phil started playing semi professionally, he was on 50 a week and living in a council house.
“I never went into music thinking about money. I went into it because I loved it. It was only by the fourth year of that journey I started earning money that I could waste,” he said.
However, Phil also said it was vital that youngsters look after their own interests saying it had taken him years to develop a better business sense.
Asked what advice he’d give his younger self, Phil said: “Be aware and sensible. No one gives you anything in life. You’ve got to stick up for yourself. I wish I’d had a better business head.”
Phil, who believes he contracted Hepatitis C during a long drug taking career and now runs support project Hep C Positive, also advised youngsters to be careful around drugs: “Drug taking isn’t good for you if you have an addictive personality.”