Singer songerwriter Joel Phil has released his latest single, ‘Monster’, on 19th October. The track is the follow-up to his debut, ‘Raise Up’, which was released in 2017.
Joel Phil was born in Brooklyn, the son of Spanish/Dominican immigrants, and the struggle with his identity has always been a running theme in his life, and the motivating force behind his music. Inspired by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, and George Michael – all of whom had their own demons to battle – he began writing and performing his original music from a young age, with support from the local community centre and their resources.
Following a break to concentrate on his studies, he got back into music and spent time with mixing engineer, Jaycen Joshua, known for his work on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’, Justin Timberlake’s ’20/20′, and ‘Coloring Book’, from Chance The Rapper. The result was his debut single, ‘Raise Up’, which to date has over 85,000 streams on Spotify, while the accompanying video has so far garnered over 500,000 YouTube views.
Joel’s new release, ‘Monster’, elicits a darker, more serious tone, as opposed to the empowerment of ‘Raise Up’, and therefore shows a different side to the artist. Speaking of the track, he said he wrote it “out of frustration”, and it was completed in only a few minutes. Originally written for the film, ‘Fifty Shades Freed’, the song contains themes of intense lust, love, and jealousy.