Drawing inspiration from artists such as Damien Rice, Ben Howard and Michael Kiwanuka, Belgium based singer-songwriter Diego Philips creates music inspired by his travels. His latest release Smile is filled with hazy guitar rhythms and smooth vocal melodies – weaving intimate anecdotes into every lyric and verse.
Drawing on personal experiences, “Smile is about the first feelings of love after meeting someone new”, Diego explains. “Those light and easy feelings that overwhelm you.”
Finding inspiration from people and places, Diego reminisces on the things he has observed around the world to create his rich soundscapes. His stay in Spain and a trip to Carthagena ignited his love for Latino rhythms, with a visit to Japan, in particularly Hiroshima, striking a particular chord.
Smile is out now, alongside Diego’s album Tides.