New interview with Phil Stiles with The Independent Voice
‘The Anchorite’ sees you step out as a solo artist for the first time – what inspired you to do a solo release?
It was a number of things really. Final Coil is and has always been, my primary project, but time moves very slowly because it’s a band that comprises four individuals who have their own lives and I always want to be making music so, over the years, I’ve amassed a large number of tracks of which I’m proud, but which just don’t fit with the band. So, I guess it was only a matter of time before I decided to do something like this. The music, in many ways, exists in the same realm as Final Coil – I see it as an appendix to the band in the same way that Tribes of Neurot is related to Neurosis. The real catalyst, though, was when I was invited by The Way Of Purity to write an outro for them. I sent a number of pieces in and when they’d chosen one, I fully expected it to need remixing. However, when it got to the studio, they opted to take my original mix and simply master it – it really gave me a confidence boost in developing this material in my own way, and I think it was only a month or so after doing The Way Of Purity track that I had everything finished and ready to master. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE