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Meet Phil Gilchrist of MP Productions in Downtown Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phil Gilchrist.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Phil. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began to take an interest in music when I was six years old, playing the drums in a church along with my father for over 12 years. As the years passed, I started to pick up on singing, guitar, both electric and acoustic, piano, percussion and all the brass section. When I was in my middle school years, I performed at Disney as the act of Simba from The Lion King. I did many performances for the school as well, which included pep rallies, dinner banquets and benefit concerts. High school approached and I started to take music more seriously. To set myself apart from other musicians, I began to study jazz composition, different genres of music and the laws of music theory. Since there were laws to music, I wanted to make my music stand out by BREAKING the laws of theory and began to create my own unique sound.

Since making this discovery, I am blessed to say that I have performed with many different artists around the world, including Carnegie Hall, a partnership with Pepsi and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, it was attending college on a full music scholarship that made me realize the full potential of the industry and my desire to align with that potential. While I had a 3.8 GPA in school, I wanted to explore more of what the entertainment industry had to offer. I then sought out to open my own music production company.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have had struggles along the way. It was really hard to express deep thoughts and emotions, especially in my middle school and high school years. I was the type of person that wanted to fit in with the crowd. I thought that expressing my feelings through music would make me unpopular. It was a hard thing for me to except at the time. As I started to sing and create music, music became my expression, which allowed me to express emotions, thoughts and feelings, through the creative artistry of music. I had more confidence and in doing so, I was able to secure lead roles in some of the most renowned musicals, such as Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Beauty And The Beast, just to name a few.

We’d love to hear more about MP Productions.
I started MP Productions, a production company to work with upcoming musicians or beginners and teach them how to play piano, drums, guitar, brass instruments, music production, music composition, music theory, and vocal training. We believe that it is extremely important for a musician to understand how to put it all together, break it down, and put it together again. We strive to perfect the music in YOU. Recognizing that music is an art… it is the ARTIST that we seek to develop. After opening my own company, I then began to connect with some of the most renowned musicians and music executives in the world. This was extremely exciting, given the fact that my world view expanded greatly, as I met and learned from these music executives. As a result of this, I was highly recruited to the L.A Film and Recording School and have been invited to do work with major corporations such as Sony Music and Sony Motion Pictures, just to name a few.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been an inquisitive kid, wanting to learn as many things as I could. My parents have informed me even as a young child, I’ve always been a “determined” kid. I have two awesome brothers. One that’s 25 and one that’s 9. Even though I am the middle child, I have always considered myself to be the oldest! This determination is what has inspired me to become unique in my field. I am a hard worker and I don’t make excuses. I am always ready for a challenge and challenges are what drive me.

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Alex Gilchrist
Lindy Lynch

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