Phil Western

For decades, the Pacific Northwest has been a cradle for fostering some of the more interesting players in the various electronic music scenes. Vancouver’s Phil Western has been an integral part of that ecosystem.


Having started his career as a drummer and eventually as a programmer, Phil became a remix engineer starting in the mid-1990s. After collaborations with the likes of Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Halford and Metallica, it was his solo work which brought his abilities to light with Download – a complex approach to rhythm and programming, infused with a sense of melody rooted in psychedelia, drones and space rock.

We sat down with Phil to talk music, influences, Roland, and life….

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