Phillip Hill is an American bass and guitar player. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 3, 1972. He has been involved in several pop punk bands, including Teen Idols, Screeching Weasel, The Independents, Common Rider, Even in Blackouts and The Queers. Hill also a skilled vocalist. He has worked extensively as a recording engineer. His audio engineering credentials appear on numerous albums with a wide spectrum of musical styles, from the pop-punk sounds of bands such as Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Screeching Weasel, and his own band Teen Idols, to the heavy, "death metal" sounds of Human Filleted and Catatonic Atrocity, as well as the Country-roots, folksy-blues sounds of The Clayton Miller Blues Band and Appalachian String Band.
Phillip Hill grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in a musical surrounding, he was picking out tunes on the piano before he could walk and learned his first chords on guitar at the age of 3. Phillip formed his first band at the age of 13, and within a few years was playing professional concerts around the Southeast as a hired guitarist or bassist in various hard rock bands. Phillip founded his own band, Teen Idols at the age of 19 in the spring of 1992. The band was soon topping the local college radio charts with their first recording.
Phillip graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1992 with awards in Recording Sciences and Musicianship under the instruction of Grand Ole Opry soundman, Vic Gabany. After high school, he worked as an assistant audio engineer on the live television broadcast of the Miss Tennessee Beauty Pageant. At the age of 20, he was hired in an audio/visual position at Nashville's premier amusement park, Opryland U.S.A. While at Opryland, Phillip worked as a video switcher on the stage production of Hee Haw Live, as well as running spotlight for such performers as George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Alabama, Tanya Tucker, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
After assisting in the engineering of Teen Idols recordings at the legendary Sonic Iguana Studios in Lafayette, Indiana in 1996, Phillip was offered a job as an engineer by producer Mass Giorgini. This position led Phillip to move to Lafayette, where he soon became involved with many studio projects in the pop-punk musical genre.
Phillip moved to Chicago, Illinois where he currently resides. He is currently a freelance producer/engineer and is also playing bass guitar for the indie/acoustic-punk band, Even In Blackouts.
In December of 2009, Hill was hospitalized with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung after trying to break up a fight. Because he lacked health insurance, an account was set up to help raise money for his medical bills.
On March 19th, 2010 in Chicago, IL at Ronny's Bar, a benefit has been set up to help out with Phil's medical costs featuring Gunner's Daughter and The Sky We Scrape. All proceeds will be going to Phil.