Something In The Water Music Festival Full Schedule Released

The Something in the Water Music Festival Full Music schedule released and it is insane!

You all know that I’ve Never blogged so much. That’s how proud I am of this festival coming to my hometown area (Norfolk grown and raised)!

Check out the full schedule below:

Friday, April 26

  • 2 p.m. – Radiant Children

  • 2:40 p.m. – Masego

  • 3:35 p.m. – Maggie Rogers

  • 4:40 p.m. – Lil Uzi Vert

  • 5:45 p.m. – Janelle Monáe

  • 6:50 p.m. – Migos

  • 8 p.m. – Dave Matthews Band

  • 9:25 p.m. – Pharrell & Friends

  • 10:30 p.m. – Diplo

Saturday, April 27

  • 12:40 p.m. – John-Robert

  • 1:15 p.m. – Amber Mark

  • 2:05 p.m. – Rosalía

  • 3 p.m. – Mac Demarco

  • 3:55 p.m. – Ferg

  • 4:55 p.m. – Kaytranada

  • 6:15 p.m. – J. Balvin

  • 7:20 p.m. – SZA

  • 8:30 p.m. – Travis Scott

  • 9:25 p.m. – Pharrell & Friends

  • 10:30 p.m. – Virgil Abloh

Sunday, April 28

  • 1:30 p.m. – Kap G

  • 2:15 p.m. – Leikeli47

  • 3 p.m. – D.R.A.M.

  • 3:50 p.m. – Jhené  Aiko

  • 4:50 p.m. – Pusha T

  • 5:55 p.m. – Teddy Riley & Friends

  • 7 p.m. – Charlie Wilson

  • 8:10 p.m. – Chris Brown

  • 9:15 p.m. – Anderson.Paak & the Free Nationals

Something in the Water runs from Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28.

The Mood Designers Performing During Something in the Water Music Festival

The Mood Designers have a unique opportunity to perform at Cocos on The Beach Live Music Venue (perviously known as Shakas Live on Atlantic Ave.) during the Something in the Water Music Festival!

This adds to my excitement to just attend the music festival, but to come home and perform during this iconic event is priceless. There are a ton of moving parts that need to take place so stay tuned for updates.

Chances are, if you’re reading this you know me (NaturalPhil) as one 1/2 of The Mood Designers Duo. Check out a glimpse of who we are here; making history: The Mood Designers with CFCArts 100 piece Symphony Orchestra

UPDATE: April 23, 2019

The Mood Designers will not be performing at Cocos on the Beach during the Something In The Water Music Festival this year. Due to the amount of moving parts with the short notice and the possible bad weather on Friday. However, we are looking forward to potentially performing at the actual Festival stage next year! Let’s go!

Something In The Water Music Festival Countdown

The Something in the Water Music Festival Countdown has begun. Putting Hampton Roads on the map and opening it up for more business, development and economic growth.

Tickets sold out fast! If you haven’t gotten your ticket limited passes may still be available on the website, check it out below.

Something in the Water | Virginia Beach | April 26 - 28 2019

More news to come of a possible performance from The Mood Designers at Coco’s on The Beach Live Music Venue (previously known as Shakas Live on Atlantic Ave) Friday April 26th! Stay tuned…

In the meantime, check out the full lineup which includes our very own, Virginia grown Missy Elliott, Dave Matthews Band, Push-T and DRAM. Of course Pharrell & Friends will also be there (including Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Usher and others to be announced). Also including, Anderson Pack & The Free Nationals (I’m highly anticipating this performance), Travis Scott, Migos, Jhené Aiko, Janelle Monáe, Lil Uzi, Mac Demarco and Maggie Rogers.

Something In The Water Music Festival Lineup

Something In the Water Music Festival is Coming to my Hometown!

Something In the Water Music Festival is coming to my hometown area! As soon as I heard of the event I bought tickets. I didn’t think twice about the cost. Not just because I knew it was going to a an amazing show of talent, but because I was proud to see something of this magnitude happening to bring a ‘revival’ to the area. I think that happened in a figurative and literal sense.

Something in the Water Music Festival Wrist Band

While I currently live in Orlando, Florida, Tidewater will always be my hometown, it’s where I’m from. It is a stomping ground for great musical an artistic talent. Most people don’t realize the competitive bed of artist that lie in the Bible Belt state. It was an honor to grow up with some of the best artistic talent I’ve ever known in the Tidewater Bureau and surrounding areas (i.e. Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News and even Williamsburg).

I can not explain how proud and excited I am to experience Something in the Water Music Festival by Pharrell Williams! Let’s go!

NaturalPhil in South Korea

The landscape, the culture, the food, the nightlife...there is so much to say about my recent stay in South Korea. The audience was great and the experience was amazing. Check a few pics and video clips from a concert in Seol, South Korea.

Before Or After - Behind The Scenes with F8te

F8te, aka Veit Renn, is a singer/songwriter that has written and produced songs for Jennifer Hudson, N Sync, Backstreet Boys and many more . Fate released his debut Album "Overdue" in March on his label Celerity Records. The album features a mixture of Pop and R&B/Soul which reflects his lifelong love for artists like Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Eric Benet, Musiq Souldchild and Mint Condition, just to name a few. 

"This Video was shot during the recording of the rhythm section and vocal session. It shows the flow of some of the most incredible musicians in our area, Derrick J Harvin, Jamaal Andrews and NaturalPhil playing with F8te on vocals and guitar." 

You can download the album at and also on itunes.

It only takes "One Hit Song"

Honestly, it only takes one hit song to launch you to the level you dream about. As an artist/musician and songwriter its easy to get caught up in the difficulties, disappointments and ideals that you have for your 'perfect' career path, but maturity teaches an expert class on how life doesn't happen as planned. We just have to roll with what we are determined to accomplish and not give too much over to the mountains that we run into on the path to the top. Go around, them, knock them down, climb over them, find a cave and walk through them, what ever it takes, just so long as we remember that our goal is to get to the other side.

This inspirational post was inspired by the a success story that I read about one of the hottest, most in-demand, writing/production teams in the business, titled Matrix from Song Writer Universe. Their lasting comment was, "It that just goes to show, that if you keep working hard, it can turn around with one hit song,' said Edwards. 'You have to keep the faith, and keep writing. It all turns around.'

It's 2014, Let's Go! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I'm looking forward to a few BIG plans in the New Year...

Thank all of you who have supported and inspired me throughout the year! Your support has motivated me in more ways than you know.

Looking back at 2013, I...

  • Formed a band, NP Article, that became the staple band for Bar Louie
  • Became an endorser of Amedia Cymbals
  • Represented Amedia Cymbals at NAAM
  • My family and I was featured in Parents Magazine
  • Judged the 2013 Guitar Center Drum Off in Orlando
  • Grew my fan base in the UK by over 45%, it's my second largest fan base (next to the US).
  • Now have followers in 45 countries including Greece, Egypt and Hong!
  • Accepted the position to Manage the B.B. King Holland America Band...hence my new year cruise ship view.
  • Recognize the release of two singles, "ONE DAY" and "Dream Honest" as my biggest personal accomplishment. If you haven't already, you can download them here.
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[Hopefully, I didn't leave anything out.]

Looking forward , I...

I plan to release more music, make many more videos and form new exciting collaborations! This is going to be an awesome year! As things unfold, you'll be the first to know. STAY TUNED!


Phil “NaturalPhil” Johnson featured in Modern Drummer Magazine

NaturalPhil (Phil Johnson) is honored to be featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, the worlds largest drum magazine in the world. You can read this article and check out his playing here in collaboration with fellow Mood Designer, DJ M-Squared.

To read more on NaturalPhil and how this Drummer/DJ Collaboration came about read the full Modern Drummer feature article.

Compared by many to Travis BarkerDJAM / TRV$DJAM, to see the video teaser Click Here.

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