Phil Stoodley has seen his fair share of travelling; whether from stage to stage with a guitar in hand or just jumping borders with a map and a whim, a desire to fill pages with fresh creativity has driven him for the better part of his adult life.
As fate had it, this musician was given his first guitar at age fifteen after his dad ‘got lucky’ at the horses. By seventeen he was bashing out tunes in heavy metal rock band “Silent Scream” and making a name for himself at pubs and festivals throughout the lower North Island of New Zealand.
Phil then went on to spend the best part of his youth dedicating himself to working as a musician travelling across New Zealand in various covers and original bands. Also working in music production for festivals and concerts for international acts such as Tina Turner, Crowded House and Joe Cocker.
Come the early 2000s, Phil was touring the UK, Europe, the US and Asia as a session player for one of New Zealand’s best loved and multi-platinum selling bands, The Feelers. A number of other successful musical ventures followed; Phil brought together and fronted the rock band STOODS (2001 NZ Battle of the Bands winners). Phil’s various musical projects went on to support a number of leading international bands such as Velvet Revolver, Simple Minds and Neil Finn.
Early 2010 brought Phil more recognition with the release of his debut solo single ‘Waiting For Thursday’, co-written with acclaimed New Zealand actor Leighton Cardno, before later releasing his self-produced debut album ‘No Surprise’. In 2011, Phil co-wrote and produced Hanna Grace’s debut album ‘Concrete & Roses’ and later went on to collaborate and feature in a duet with Hanna called ‘In The Rain’. He has also written a number of compositions for TV, film and commercials. 2012 also saw the EP release of the electronic project ‘Shaker Zulu - Funking Bell’, a collaboration project with New Zealand’s piano/ keys extraordinaire Andy Cochrane (Andy Keys).
In mid 2012 Phil took time out for a year, travelling extensively around Southeast Asia, India and Australia, performing, writing, and adding weight to his already heavy pack of experience, while also using his time in these exotic locations to film music videos on this intrepid journey.
With a passion for travel, cultural diversity and anything creative, Phil moved to Bali in 2015 where he quickly established his position as one of the top entertainers on the island, performing across the island’s top venues and collaborating with its most respected musicians.