PHIL JOHNSON (NaturalPhil)
Phil Johnson (NaturalPHIL) was only 11 years old when he played his first professional gig. Since then his versatile and driving drumming style has garnered endorsements and seen Phil share stages with renowned performers around the world.
Phil has toured with platinum recording artist Don Omar and served as the Music Director and drummer for the B.B. King All-Star Band. His endorsements currently include Pro-Mark and Amedia cymbals.
More than just a performer, NaturalPHIL created and managed his own drum school, produced music for international brands such as
Disney among others, judged The National Drum Competition, hosted by Guitar Center, Formed a artist collaboration band to support local artists and is one half of he Drummer/DJ Collabo, The Mood Designers. Modern Drummer published a featured article about Phil and his remarkable video collaboration with Michael McPherson (DJ M-Squared) on Sam Spence's "The Equalizer.".
NaturalPhil rings in the 2018 New Year running full throttle: stay tuned for the debut of new music and a more robust show schedule from The Mood Designers. Phil's latest EP is being considered for television episodes.
Phil takes his inspiration from his mother, who had also been an accomplished drummer and the first female drum major at Elizabeth State University. He is also quick to credit his early drum teachers, who laid Phil's percussion foundation from 7th to 12th grade. In particular, he appreciates his high school band director, who supported and allowed him to switch from brass to percussion. Professionally, Phil's influences include Bernard Purdie, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, and Brian Blade.