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Artists to Discover: KILL PHIL

Interview with KILL PHIL, a rising Maryland dubstep and riddim DJ

KILL PHIL, born and raised in Maryland as Philip Havens, has always had a strong passion for music. When asked about his first musical memory, one of his first Christmas’s came to mind. That being said, his music takes no inspiration from Christmas carols. He throws down hard. His main styles are dubstep and riddim, but he likes to experiment with all styles of EDM. At 22 years old, he plans to throw himself into his music to give himself the push he needs to make it in this industry.

Cullen Bunker: What inspired you to start making music?

KILL PHILL: From a young age music was always a major aspect of my life, and it was always something I relied heavily upon. It wasn’t until later in my life that I actually got into making music. This actually happened when my buddy, Rocky, showed me his mixing board. He let me mess around on it for a little bit and I loved every second of it. The next day I went out and bought my first board and I haven’t looked back since. 

What inspires your music now?

My inspiration comes from my emotions, how I’m feeling at that moment will come out in musical form. Also, other artists dropping music inspires me a lot   

KILL PHIL/Philip Havens at Forbidden Kingdom
Havens (right) with friends at Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival

How has quarantine been so far?

During quarantine, I’ve been able to take the time and really work on a ton of new music, and I’ve been able to connect with people over social media. 

In terms of social media, how has it helped your music?

Social media has given me a platform to be able to share my music virtually with anyone. So, social media has really benefitted me and allowed me to connect with a bigger audience. I’ve been doing my best to be super active with my followers on my social media platforms, I want them to be able to connect with my music as well as me as a person.

Do you have any favorite memories of attending music festivals?

Some of my best festival memories would have to be enjoying great music with my friends. I just love being able to look around and see a smile or bass face on all my friends. 

KILL PHIL/Philip Havens at Liquid Stranger
Havens (left) with friends at Liquid Stranger

How do these memories influence who you want to be as an artist?

The memories are huge because it allows me to really find myself as an artist. I can think back and remember what I loved about a set and then try to bring it out in my own style. 

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

My dream collab would be Excision, because I’ve always idolized him and looked at him as the best in the industry, so making a track together would be a dream.

You recently dropped Volume III of “KILL PHIL: Revenge Served Cold”, how has the feedback been so far?

The feedback and support have been amazing, I wasn’t expecting as big as a response on it, but I’m just really thrilled that everyone’s been enjoying it. 

Check out “Revenge Served Cold Vol. 3” by KILL PHIL!

What’s the best thing about your local music scene?

I’d have to say the best thing would be having so many local clubs and venues.

If you could book yourself at any event, which one would it be, and why?

It would have to be Lost Lands. My style is typically a heavier style of dubstep so I would see myself thriving there.

Finally, what’s next for you?

I have tons of things in the works right now that I can’t spoil yet. I will say that I’m working on some originals to release for you guys. Other than that, you’ll just have to wait and see!

KILL PHIL is definitely a name to watch. With his mixes throwing some serious heat, one can only imagine what his originals will be like. Be sure to check him out on Instagram, Facebook, and Soundcloud!

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Cullen Bunker

Cullen is a music lover with many genres on her favorites list. You'll find her running from stage-to-stage at a festival, and discovering up-and-coming artists in her free time. From big room house to dubstep to hardstyle, she rarely finds an artist she can't dance to. Cullen is always preparing for her next festival, with Tomorrowland being at the top of her bucket-list.

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