Phil Gould Artist

Phil is appearing in association with Sakae



Phil Gould was born in Hong Kong, raised in the U.K. on the Isle of Wight where he began his drumming career aged 15. Phil studied classical percussion in London at the Guildhall School of Music, and later at the Royal Academy.

Whilst at the Royal Academy, Phil took part in sessions for the studio band ‘M’, where he met synthesizer genius Wally Badarou, and which spawned the international hit ‘Pop Muzik’. The following year, together with Wally, fellow student keyboardist Mike Lindup, and fellow Isle of Wight musician’s bassist Mark King and guitarist brother Boon Gould, he formed Level 42, a band that achieved success internationally having several major hits, including ‘Something About You’ and ‘Lessons in Love’. Their biggest selling albums were ‘World Machine’ and ‘Running in the Family’.

Phil is now an independent writer and producer, as well as a player. In 2009, Phil released his first solo album, entitled ‘Watertight’, recorded in collaboration with Mike Lindup, Wally Badarou, Berenice Scott, Fabio Balestrieri, Miles Bould, Yolanda Charles and many other artists. A new album and other collaborations are to be released in the coming months.

Phil is an official endorser of Sakae Drums in the U.K.


Vintage Club Oyster Trilogy

Sakae Drums is revisiting a legendary drum sound with the introduction of the Trilogy series. “Our approach was to utilize the three-ply shell in a way that would have a distinctive Sakae sound, but still pay homage to that vintage sound so loved after all these years,” states Eizo Nakata, president of Sakae Drums.

Sakae’s proprietary Maple/Poplar/Maple 3-ply shells are at the heart of Trilogy’s vintage sound. 4-ply North American Maple reinforcement rings at the top and bottom of the shell help to dry the sustain and keep the ultra-thin shell in round.

The hardware is from Sakae’s PAC-D and Road Anew series. It is lightweight and helps allow the thin shell to resonate as much as possible. Also, the Trilogy series is extremely lightweight, making the perfect kit for the classic Jazz tones of the 50’s. Sakae’s distinctive attack, when utilized with thicker drumheads, creates the punchy, dry tones of early R&B and 70’s Rock.

 “I feel very privileged and proud to be part of the Sakae family at this exciting time in the company’s already illustrious history. These great drums represent everything I’ve been looking for to make the step forward in both my playing and in my sound.” – Phil Gould.

Phil Gould Kit