Simon Philips, born on February 6, 1957 in London, is a gifted jazz and rock drummer whose talents have had him sharing the stage with musical luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck Jack Bruce, Judas Priest, Jon Anderson, Derek Sherinian, Tears For Fears, Whitesnake, and many more.
Philips began his musical career at the age of 12, touring and recording with his father’s Dixieland band, until the age of 16. An offer to play in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar set fire to Philips’ career, eventually making him one of the most sought-after session players in London.
In 1988, Philips wrote and recorded his first solo album, Protocol. Many solo records followed throughout the years, ranging from jazz to rock recordings.
In 1992 Philips released two instructional videos and joined Toto, replacing Jeff Porcaro after his sudden death. Philips has remained a full-time member of Toto ever since. In 1997 Philips took his own band on the road, touring Europe, Japan, and the U.S.
In addition to writing, recording, and performing many different styles of music, Philips also serves as a producer and engineer for several artists including Toto, Planet X, and Derek Sherinian (formally of Dream Theater).
Philips is very precise and creative, fusing jazz and rock techniques on the set. He also plays open-handed, with his left hand on the hi-hat and his right playing the snare.