Singer-songwriter-guitarist Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.

Live Interview 

Episode #596: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2018/06/07/episode-596-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoInterview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio

Artist: Phil Circle

Song name: What I Mean

Music: Singer-songwriter/ Folk-rock / Adult contemporary
Chicago Songwriter

Conquering despair, resilience, survival. It’s when that little glimmer of hope, that last barely burning ember, is all you’ve got left, and yet that’s all you need. You pull yourself through, stand up, and say, “Well, I made it through once again. I guess I’ve got it; that drive, that hopeful spirit, that sense of a deeper reason for living.”

Link to play:: http://philcirclemusic.com/music_listen__buy/a/what_i_mean1

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Phil Circle has always preferred to pursue his career on his terms, mostly by disregarding the much sought-after “record label” in favor of his own, booking more intimate venues that appreciate the musician and his work, and receiving radio play on stations all over the country and world that look for independent talent.

 

Phil Circle is by no means your ordinary songster picking away quietly on his acoustic guitar. He manages to blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, folk, and even classical, to seamlessly create a style truly his own. Add to this his often flawless and always energetic live performance, and he lands far away from what most people think of as “Singer/Songwriter.”

 

Phil’s debut release in the 90s was hailed by In The Mix as “just what the doctor ordered” and they pointed out that his music “defies rock, jazz and blues” saying his songs were “from the master class.” 20 years later, Illinois Entertainer referred to his latest full band effort as proof that Phil is “one of our town’s most unique voices.”

 

“Phil Circle’s prolific songwriting and powerful performance make him a staple of Chicago music.” – Centerstage Chicago Who’s Who in Music

After 30 years of doing this…
I’ve realized I don’t need to explain myself anymore. I’ve always written whatever came to heart, but then I’d stress on whether it would be acceptable to my listeners.

 

Now, I continue to write what comes to heart, but with a sense that I’ve made it all these years with an intact listening audience. Who am I to guess what they’ll like or not? Clearly enough people have enjoyed my work.

 

Coincidentally, this new single is getting the most response of any song I’ve ever released. A lot of people are saying it’s the most mainstream tune I’ve ever written, ha. Go figure. Free yourself from constraints and you’ll appeal more widely? Who knows.

 

Click on the photo to review the book. 

I’ve also written a book, “The Outback Musician’s Survival Guide: One Guy’s Story of Surviving as an Independent Musician. If there were a song that could sum up the overall arc of the book, “What I Mean” would do the job nicely.

 

“If it sounds good, it IS good.”
Duke Ellington said that, and it was conveyed to me by a mentor of mine who worked with him.

 

Website & social media links:
 http://philcirclemusic.com
@philcircle on Twitter
#philcirclemusic on Instagram
http://facebook.com/philcircle
http://facebook.com/guiltbyassociationrecords
http://patreon.com/philcircle
http://youtube.com/philcircle