PHIL FEARON

 

Phil Fearon is widely known as the driving force behind 80s Brit Soul act Galaxy. Far less well known, however, is what Fearon did next.

As the 80s drew to a close, the singer was growing weary with the fickle machinations of the music industry, so he decided to build something for himself. He piled the cash he'd made from Galaxy into setting up a state of the art recording studio, determined to help young artists who - despite immense talent - couldn't get signed elsewhere. Fearon used this studio to form the back bone for his new label, which he'd titled Production House. Within the space of 4 years, the tiny independent had gone from an obscure house/ electro label to one of the greatest breakbeat hardcore factories of all time, churning out hit after hit over an all too short period. I've been trying to track Phil down for a few months now, and I'm incredibly happy to have caught him, just back from a tour of South Africa. Luckily, he was more than willing to talk about a part of his career that has, thus far, been barely touched on; transitioning from being a chart topping smooth soul star, to owning a rave label making some of the most futuristic pop music ever written...