This year had a real steep re-learning curve for me; Releasing new tunes, diving back into TV appearances, radio gigs, giving concerts & performing at festivals. I’m in awe of the deepness of this connection, the freedom to do new things and excite everyone involved. To see how many people in & out of this business want me to succeed is a wonderful thing and I couldn’t be more grateful. Stepping back into performances & promotion this year with most (but not all) of the music & story still locked in the studio, what I represent got warped in all different, interesting and also super frustrating ways. In part because click bait culture demands we pick sides, but mostly because performing songs celebrating perseverance alongside many interviews focused primarily on struggles with no corresponding album to reflect it, evades the real story. Telling the real story is my sole responsibility to the music. My thoughts have been recorded & distributed for public record, since I was eighteen. I don’t take my relationship with you lightly nor this chance to represent something real. Lotta shit happened going back in this year and I REALLY want to address it as part of a concise project, on as well as off stage. So, despite the fantastic feedback & successes of the shows, I’ve decided to push the October tour back, whilst I lay a new hand on what I believe this piece needs to be. If you bought a ticket, you KNOW I live to perform live. So this choice was a tough one to make, but I’m making it worth it. I want you to get the deepest of me, nothing less. You can hold on to your tickets for the new dates or get them refunded. In the meantime much much LOVE & see you soon.
It’s been seven years since Pete Philly performed live – but that’s all set to change in 2018. After his first shows in Amsterdam and Rotterdam last April he is ready to share his new tracks and live band with a bigger audience and therefore announcing new tour dates in Belgium, France, UK, Germany and of course the Netherlands.
“The glorious return of Pete Philly” as The Independent have already called his re-newed entrance in music – the Aruba-born Amsterdam-based hip hop artist is back after a seven- year hiatus following his diagnosis with Lyme disease. Last January he released his first single ‘Come Together’, followed up by early 2018 Summer hit ‘Favorite Song’. He teamed up with Red Bull Music to make his takeoff even greater, resulting in a very special version of Favorite Song recorded as an Uncut at the Red Bull Music Studios in Amsterdam, showing his new band to a worldwide audience for the very first time. Pete Philly is performing live with his producer Melle Jutte as well as the Bliss quartet – four talented singers blending with his electronic tracks and adding some true energy to the live performance. Again, Pete Philly has succeeded in finding a live performance formula that is new and fresh, just as we know him from his earlier days with his musical partner and cellist Perquisite.
„He blends elements of Pharrell (circa 2015) style production with his own signature neo soul flow. The overall motive; pushing the importance of reconciling the different sides of oneself.” Bonafide Magazine