Wyrd Question Daze : Phil Dodds

Hey – Phil Dodds from Waxing Crescent Records – thank you for having me! I live in the North East of England with my girlfriend Jasmine, two daughters Chloe and Evie and the newest addition to the family, my son Isaac. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I’ve been collecting vinyl since 2003. I share my collection over on the labels Instagram page (waxing_crescent_records) which is where I got the inspiration to start the label. I started Waxing Crescent Records in May 2021 and so far the support has been incredible and the music I’ve been sent has been unreal. You can find all releases to date here: https://waxingcrescentrecords.bandcamp.com

Where did you come from and where are you going?

I guess I came from a simpler time and I’m going into a time of uncertainty. But I think the key is to live in the moment and have fun as much as possible. 

What preoccupies your mind these days?

My mind is generally occupied by having fun with the family, running the label and doing my day job; I’m a Quality Engineer at an Aerospace company. 

Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell

Taste – rum
Touch – kinetic sand
Sound – the letterbox
Sight – the postman driving into the street
Smell – old books 

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares

I often dream about old school friends who I haven’t seen for over 20 years, I googled this and here’s a meaning behind it: “Believe it or not but these ‘old friends’ or ‘classmates’ are usually masked by our past experiences, feelings or memories that might be resurfacing in your life at the present moment”. Interesting. 

Have you ever had an uncanny experience?

I’ve been to see a spiritualist which was an incredible experience and also went for a reiki session. I had a visit from my Grandad who passed 15 years ago during the spiritualist session which was amazing. 

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?

If I’ve had a couple rum and cokes and find myself on the dance floor with Jasmine, I feel free. Going to the coast with the family and grabbing an ice cream and playing in the arcades feels pretty perfect to me. It doesn’t take much for me to feel settled and comfortable, thankfully. 

What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?

I’ve been inspired by the electronic music scene I’ve now found myself a part of. I was inspired enough to start my own label and be in a position to share music. It’s a truly wonderful thing. A few labels I would encourage anyone to check include:
https://thirdkindrecords.bandcamp.com
https://woodfordhalse.bandcamp.com
https://bricolageglasgow.bandcamp.com
https://soundtrackingthevoid.bandcamp.com
https://disintegrationstate.bandcamp.com/artists
https://anticipatingnowhere.bandcamp.com

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke

What do you call a man with a number plate on his head? Reg.

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The artwork for Waxing Crescent releases is by Eidolon. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. Some examples of her work are below.

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