Phil Hancock is a balladeer.
His music has been christened as “theatrical piano pop” – a unique subgenre of pop music that is melodramatic, quirky and emotional. It is “pop that punches you in the heart” – powerhouse vocals, catchy hooks and sincere lyrics that hit home.
“I consider myself a songwriter foremost. All my songs start with me at a piano and a story to tell.”
Phil is a self-taught pianist and a self-assured optimist. Two things he always had growing up – a piano and a smile on his face.
“I’ve been playing piano since I was nine, but I never got lessons. I’ve been told I have really bad habits and a strange way of playing. I prefer to keep it that way.”
In school, Phil Hancock was the tall, skinny music & drama nerd with pale skin, curly hair, freckles and glasses. With the unlikely dream of being a pop artist. And after studying Music at university in Brisbane, he began working on that dream.
He has just released his latest single, “Orchestra”, and is a few months shy from releasing his sophomore EP, “Fox”. And with this release, he wants it to be about the songs.
“I don’t fit into the traditional pop mould, but I want the music to speak for itself. I write about being the outsider, getting your heart broken over and over again, and how that screws you up.”
It’s all a bit exaggerated, but that’s what theatrical pop is all about.
AAA Backstage: Interview (2016)
Photography by Daniel Klocek, DJZK Photography