Music has been a passion for me since I was very young. I hail from a musical family...my father a music teacher, guitarist, and singer and my mother a classically trained pianist. As a child growing up in England, it was hard to walk around the house without tripping over a musical instrument.
Everything changed when I turned 14 years old and my father handed me a copy of Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 music production software and I began experimenting with live instrument recording and working with electronic music. This was the start of my voyage into production and engineering.
Graduating from high school, I returned to America where I studied Audio Engineering and Music Business at Greenville College. As a way to make additional income, I worked with a Malaysian company to do commercial scoring for companies such as Sony, IKEA, and Victor & Ralf. On top of that, I took every opportunity to mix music projects for my friends and signed to a label in London where I did professional dance music remix work for various artists from large and small music labels. To this day I continue to actively produce music of various styles.
Today, I enjoy using my range of experiences to help my customers make the very best choices.
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1663E-mail Phil
Education: Audio Engineering, Music Business, Business and Accounting.
Sweetwater struck me as one of the rare companies that goes far and beyond for both the customer and their employees. I had been searching for a job to utilize my musical talents and when I came across Sweetwater I realized I'd found the perfect match!
Working with DAWs, software plug ins (specifically synthesizers), electronic/dance music production.
OverClocked Remix - A website devoted to the arrangements of video game music. This was a key part of my development as a producer when I was younger, fueling my passion for composition and remixing other music.
My family is scattered across the globe. As far as my close familky, my parents, sister and her husband live in Birmingham, England and my brother and his wife live in Bowling Green, Ohio.
I enjoy staying healthy, working out, and playing sports when I have the opportunity (Soccer/Tennis/Badminton).
I've always been fascinated by the Asian music scene and discovering Japanese Pop in high school, then Korean Pop in college. Although I have no idea what the lyrics in any of the songs are, I find the background music is often very enjoyable.
Many years of experience in production and engineering has given the knowledge and enthusiasm to use to apply to my customers' situations to help them make the most of their music.
When I enter the building, I know I am finally home.
In the electronic/dance music work: Zedd and Madeon (both touring with Lady GaGa). Additionally, Jhameel from LA. I have also had commissioned work for Kylie Minogue and iSquare (Insterscope Records).
I just wanted to take a minute to let the managers and top people at Sweetwater know my thanks for shopping with you guys. I've ordered 2 higher end guitars and a mixer over the past year dealing directly with Phil Schwan. It's been nothing short of a great experience in customer service. How things should be done...each and every time. I'll be back.
Derich from Costa Mesa, CA
This is the first time I have ordered anything from this company, and I am really glad I did. Phil has excellent customer service skills, and was available for anything I needed. It's nice to speak to someone who is actually interested in hearing about my hobby. From the email with pictures, to the quality check before shipping, was more than expected. Everything arrived in good timing, (regardless of my impatience to play on my new bass) and arrived in beautiful condition. I am very happy with my decision to order from Sweetwater, and will definitely be ordering again in the future as well as recommending to friends and family. Thanks again!
Billy from Owosso, MI
It was nice doing business with Phil and Sweetwater. He was very helpful in every respect, and I won't hesitate to contact him in the future.
Art from South Haven, MI
Nothing but GREAT things to say about my experience with Sweetwater! This was my first order with you guys and it was significant (over $5k). I was hesitant at first to make a purchase of this size online however several friends recommended you so I took a chance. Not only were your prices very competitive but the personal service I received from my Sales Engineer, Phil Schwan, completely exceeded my expectations! Part of my gear was backordered and I was working against a deadline. Phil assured me that he could get it to me in time and followed up at every critical point to ensure I was informed and satisfied. The gear arrived in perfect condition 3 days before I needed it and I received a follow up e-mail from Phil that same day to confirm that I had gotten it. All in all, it was a great experience! I am now a loyal Sweetwater client and a raving fan and I'm not just telling you, I'm telling all my friends, too! Thanks again guys!
Wendel from Houston, TX
Unbelievable Job! The best guitar purchase online I've ever made. Phil Schwan is fantastic!
Michael from Scarsdale, NY