Phelo The Great
Phillip Anthony Driskell, II, aka Phelo The Great, is an American “SPOTH” (Sophisticated Prophet of the Hood), a businessman, and a military veteran. Phelo exhibits selflessness, strength, courage, and pride. The mission of the Phelosophy EP 2018 Collaborative of Nashville, Tennessee is to create and present exceptional experiences that enrich the artistry of SPOTH’s who make a positive impact on humanitarian work. Phelo wants to spread recognition of hood arts and artistry and the value of humanitarian organizations helping these communities.
Take a moment and check out his “BOUT DAT” promo on YouTube!
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
Yes. The catalyst for me was Azez Ellis, who was known by Zee. When I met Zee he was recording, making beats, and writing music. He was already on his third or fourth album when I met him but had a ton of lyrics written. Zee showed me a formula to writting which help shape me in the artist I am today.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that has ever happened to me in my music career, was thinking because I had a hot song after I put it on social media I would go viral and become wealthy.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path thus far was being nominated for a HMMA Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2016.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My favorite part about being an artist is the entire process that goes into creating the song. First, the production. I enjoy listening to beats to find that one that speaks to my soul. The track influences my soul on what topic to write about. I like to refer to the production as the "Father". Next, you have the composition or lyrics. The lyrics must complement the production to produce a hit song. I have found that songs written with emotion respond well amongst consumers. I like to refer to the composition as "Mother". Now when the composition (Mother) is combined with the production (Father) then a song (Baby) is created. I am in love with this entire process from beginning to end.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I feel the biggest challenge facing indie artist today is knowing the right people to spend money with to get proper results. As an indie artist myself I have spent money on three seperate occasions to get results for one job, and that is a waste of time and money.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Jay-Z. I respect his business savoy and I had a dream we shared a stage together just waiting for it to come into fruition.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearshals are intense because you practice , practice, and practice cause nothing can go wrong, with often times does but you work or perform right through them realizing were not perfect just striving to be.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
No song has been a challenge thus far because my music is my life. I feel when your music is real it doesn't take long to write. I believe writing music is only a challenge when it's not real or made up.
What's coming up in the future?
On the horizon for Phelo The Great in the next year we will be on a world-wide tour starting in the Caribbean. I will have new music for my love ones with some industry features. I plan to do some independent films as well, so stay tuned for that. I own a radio network, so I plan to have some more shows on the 4E Radio Network. I am in a group as well called "TG" which stands for The Group. TG has a great sound and some great singles set to be released this summer.
Tell us where fans can access your music.