dustin phillips

The “Color of Love” Project

What is love to you?

In a world driven by money, power, and politics, it seems that so many people neglect to stop and really think about what is truly important.

This Summer, I will be releasing a new single titled “Color of Love”. Over the next few weeks, I am asking you to join me and show the world what love means to you. Illustrate a photo, using the guidelines below and send it to me via email or twitter. I will choose the top 20 to be featured in the music video for the song!

You don’t need to be Picasso to be a part of this. All submissions will be considered, but here are a few things I am looking for:

-hand drawn, or computer animated photo that demonstrates what love is, or what it means to you.
-simple or complex, multiple submissions okay
-color is highly preferred, black and white acceptable
-real life Polaroids/photos may be accepted with signed consent of all parties in the photo (must be 18 or older).

Song keywords (keep these in mind for your submission): love, color, top of the world, music, rhythm, paint, upbeat, happy, passion, harmony

Send your submission by June 21, 2013 to contact@dustinphillipsmusic.com, or post it on Twitter to @dustinphillips with the hash tag “#coloroflove”. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Dustin Phillips
Twitter: @dustinphillips
Instagram: @youjumpijumpmusic

Studio Update (10/19)

So far things have been going great in the studio.  We will have 7 songs produced by Rob Freeman on this album and today I completed the drum tracks for all of them today! This record will be the best that this band has ever put out, and I’m so glad to be collaborating with Rob.

This has so far been such a great experience, and I’m having a great time, although, I’m definitely a little home sick.  I have many emotions swarming through me right now, sometimes I worry that I’m literally going to explode.  Hopefully not!

Here is a chart of our studio progress



Apple Ice Creams with Brandy Caramel

25g butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup golden syrup
¼ cup cold water
pinch salt
1x tin (400g) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
2 Tbsp brandy
apples (use nice round red ones that ‘stand up’ nicely)
ice cream
chopped nuts

Place the butter in a saucepan and melt it gently. Add the brown sugar, golden syrup, water and salt. Heat gently at first and stir constantly as the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, still stirring, until the mixture really bubbles like mad. Reduce the heat, and add the condensed milk, vanilla and brandy. Stir until it’s nicely combined and a good caramel colour, then take it off the heat.

Cut the top bit off the apple, and scoop out all the inside flesh. I used a melon baller which was handy, I’m sure a teaspoon would do the trick. If you want to do this more than 5 minutes before serving, squeeze lemon juice over the apple to stop it browning. Fill the apple with a scoop or two of ice cream, and drizzle with the warm caramel (if the caramel has thickened while you got the apples ready, just gently heat it again, or add one more dash of brandy). Top with chopped nuts and serve.

I really really want to try these. Really badly.

(Source: youmustbelaufeysbastard)

Via Take it or leave it

Studio Update

Well, we arrived in Newark, NJ late last night — and by late last night, I mean 6am.  We managed to find a hole-in-the-wall motel for the week — and by motel, I mean straight out of a horror film, dirty, smelly, hub of filth.  After checking in, we sprayed the room with febreeze, and wrapped ourselves tightly in sleeping bags (no way we were going to use the sheets at the motel).

After 2 hours of sleep, we managed to crawl out of bed and get to the studio on time — and if you know my band, you would know this is a near impossible feat.  Although we were exhausted, we came in ready to rock this out.  8 hours later, we sit here, with tones ready to go and have already started knocking out drums for a few tracks.

I couldn’t be more excited to be learning from a producer like Rob, and I can’t wait to hear how this album turns out! More coming soon!

Heading to New Jersey

As many of my friends and family know, I left the great city of Minneapolis (for ten days) yesterday for an adventure out to New Jersey — where my band will be recording a new album with producer Rob Freeman.  So far, all that has happened is a lot of driving, but we made it to the halfway point of Toledo, OH late last night where we were able to catch some Zzzzzz. 

Today, we will head out and complete the 21 hour drive to Newark, New Jersey and find a place to lay low, and get rested up for the early morning tomorrow at the studio!  I couldn’t be more excited to work with and learn from Rob for the next week and a half, and will try to post updates of my adventure along the way.

I often give up the battle because its not worth the war.

What a nice thing to come home to. :)

This graphic is for my new postcard advertisements for music lessons. Stoked. :)

Now enrolling new Drum, Guitar, Bass & Vocal students!!

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