Phelps & Munro Profile

aka Gerald Phillips
Gary Steel
5 Nov 2013

For a brief moment at the dawn of the century, it felt like a fledgling IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) movement was about to leap up and grab some limelight on the local scene.

A small contingent of clever laptop and sampler-based sound creators had broken out of their bedrooms, and were playing at parties, clubs and intimate electronic music festivals around Auckland, performing tricky, tongue-in-cheek grooves for those who weren’t afraid to die trying to dance to those indecently tricky rhythms.

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No known photos of Gerald Phillips exist and all the shots on this page feature an unknown person standing in for Mr. Phillips. Early shots of "Phelps & Munro" featured two women.
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Ex-exotic Dancer
This may or may not be Gerald Phillips
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To The Spazmobile
Phelps and Munro's 2003 album, Slowpoke
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Gerald Phillips grew up listening to gaming music on his Commodore 64, and still counts that as an influence.

Phillips started making Pavement and Fugazi-influenced recordings on a 4-track in 1996, but soon after bought his MPC 2000 sampler with its famous drum pads.

Phillips describes his music as “guitar layers with jiggy beats and whatever.”

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