ABOUT Known for his forward-thinking sound that at times defies definition, Auxiliary Phoenix is a producer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Carlow, Ireland who draws from a vast pool of influences, most notably future jazz and hip-hop, to create music that is truly unique.
On his debut album 'Petrichor', Auxiliary Phoenix delves fully into the inspirations from classic 70's groups like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever and Soft Machine, along with contemporary acts such as Yussef Kamaal, Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat and Robert Glasper. These influences are filtered through his approach to hip hop production, a self-produced and self-engineered home recording aesthetic, and instrumental skills and inclinations learned from the years performing with his trio live.
The 12 tracks that make up 'Petrichor' were whittled down from a batch of 50 total songs recorded for the project between 2015 and 2020. While all of the instruments on the album are performed by Auxiliary Phoenix, he is joined for 5 of the album's tracks by vocalists Senita Appiakorang (X Collective / Shookrah), L. W. Clay Sr., Infinity Calling, and previous collaborators James McDermott and Knowah. These vocal tracks tilt the sound towards progressive R&B, with lush harmonies sat atop experimental rhythms. The remaining 8 tracks make full use of the instrumental palette to playfully explore melody, harmony and rhythm within a modern jazz hip-hop form.
From 2015 to 2019, Auxiliary Phoenix performed live with the Auxiliary Phoenix Trio, which included James McDermott on keyboards & Jake Quinn on drums, with Auxiliary Phoenix on bass. The Trio performed extended and alternative versions of Auxiliary Phoenix productions, along with original jazz music informed by hip hop, neo-soul, future beats & progressive rock. Heavy on grooves, synths, rhodes, bass & beats, the songs range from laid back lounge vibes to hectic syncopated rhythms. The Trio have performed sets at Body & Soul Festival, The Sugar Club (ChoiceCuts FutureJazzSeries), The Workman's Club & Whelan's amongst others.