With a style very much grounded in modern funk and progressive fusion guitar, married with gutsy rock delivery, Phil Short has earned a name as one of the UK’s best session guitarists, demonstrators and tutors. having toured arenas & performing at sell out shows with band Westlife, Phil knows a thing or two about gear & pro level playing.
Phil started playing classical guitar at the age of 9. He received his first electric guitar for his 11th birthday, and by the time he was 14, was already playing in bands and gigging. At 16, Phil did his first live TV performance for the midlands regional BBC Children in Need programme with his pop punk band Forgotten.
He moved to London aged 19 to study at BIMM London (formerly Tech Music Schools) for 3 years under the tuition and guidance of John Wheatcroft (Head of Guitar/Guitar Techniques magazine) and Jim Clark (Deputy Head of Guitar/Guitar Techniques magazine/Guitarist magazine), graduating with a BMus (Hons). Since moving to London, Phil in his professional career has gone on to perform, record and tour as a session musician with a number of artists, most notably Chipmunk and Tyler James.
Phil's session career has seen him work at Maida Vale studios, perform on live television such as Channel 4, and play at major UK festivals such as BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend and the Isle of Wight festival. His radio work includes BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, Capital (as part of the Global Radio network), and regional radio all over the UK. Beyond his industry work Phil has been involved in numerous live albums in the contemporary Christian music scene, recording and playing with American songwriter Devon Kauflin and UK based gospel singer, Mark Beswick. Phil's most recent and prestigious achievement was to win the international Guitar Idol competition in 2016, earning him recognition as one of the UK's best up-and-coming guitar players. He also the touring guitarist for band Westlife.
His musical inspiration is diverse. Having grown up on a diet of Queen and Pink Floyd in his early years, he then discovered 90s/00s Nu Metal and a hunger for heavy music begun. Listening to bands in the melodic death metal genre like In Flames and Arch Enemy, a craving for melody and lead guitar playing was kindled. It wasn't until the age of 17 that a school friend introduced Phil to the music of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Dream Theater. This was his main musical diet until the age of 19 when, through his studies at BIMM, he discovered jazz, funk, blues and soul for the first time, and came across guitar players like Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe and Richie Kotzen, who combined a hard rock style with jazz, blues and fusion influences. Phil now enjoys a much wider variety of musical genres, particularly groove and funk, which all add to his chosen style of playing and composition.