His dad was a well-known local musician, but Phil Power’s passion for creating music never really emerged from within him until he was in high school.
Power, who just released a debut EP of original music, said he never got to see his father, the late Denny Solo, perform live and only saw him playing drums at home on a few occasions.
Even their conversations about music were fairly general.
Solo, a renowned drummer with a particular prowess for complicated jazz, died in 2011 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Around that same time, Power’s love of music awakened. He had been maintaining a journal and, during his Level 2 school year, he began to notice rhythms and melodies enveloping the sentences he was writing.
He started turning the most intriguing of these entries into lyrics and songs.
“It was a strange thing that happened,” he said. “All of a sudden, I was writing songs.”
Since then, Power has been constantly writing music. He has ideas for multiple albums and is recording and engineering them himself in his home studio.
While he says bigger projects are yet to come, he has just released a four-song record titled “A Taste For Who Likes It.” As the title suggests, it’s a sample of what Power hopes to offer more of to anyone who will listen.
“I keep telling friends and people I know about what I’m doing, but none of them really knows what it sounds like or has any idea,” he said. “So, I wanted to throw out this raw little taste of what I’ve been doing.”
Power, who plays in a Corner Brook cover band called GIRLS, is a huge fan of Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, and says rhythm and blues is his musical true love. He described the tracks on the EP as being a mix of pop, funk and rock with a splash of R and B mixed in.
While the record can be purchased on iTunes, Power has made it available for free on just about any music streaming website he could think of, including YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud.
“This has been more of a matter of the experience for me and being good enough to do it,” Power said of producing and distributing his own material.
He wanted to make sure his songs were up to snuff, given the inherent challenges of trying to produce a final product that resembles the way the artist wants the music to be heard.
Power, who played all the instruments and synth patches on the recordings, said he is happy with how the songs on the EP turned out.
He has plans to eventually move away from Corner Brook and pursue a career in music elsewhere in Canada and, perhaps someday, in the United States.
In the next year, before he leaves western Newfoundland, he hopes to release two more albums of his original work.
He says he would give anything to have more in-depth discussions about music with his dad, but isn’t sure what his father would think about his creations.
“If he listened to this, I’d be scared he would think it was crap,” Power said with a laugh. “If he tweaked it, it would be better, but it would probably be 90 per cent go back and fix it.”
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