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by Tori Sharp

SAINT PHNX take us to their ‘Happy Place’.

This week’s Facing Forward with SAINT PHNX feels more apt than usual. These two brothers from Glasgow have recently released a touching tribute track to their Dad who sadly passed away this year. ‘Happy Place’ is the Atlantic Records debut from the band and it is a truly uplifting, rousing sonic.

Stevie and Alan Jukes, AKA SAINT PHNX, started making music together back in 2016 and have hit milestone after milestone until 2020 saw a bump in the road. After their father, Bertie, was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition, the brothers remained close to home. They worked in a studio above their parent’s garage that their Dad built for them and that is where they wrote and recorded ‘Happy Place’.

The magic of the story behind this song brings its own chills but the track itself is really powerful, with energy-building instrumentation and soaring hooks. Let ‘Happy Place’ be your stirring song of the day today.

What do you envision the future of music to look like?

Music always seems to adapt no matter the situation. With technology advancing all the time, we think it will lean towards there. We already have the likes of streaming and social media. Just recently NFTs have become a thing for artists to create further digitally. We can see it going that sort of way. That said, nothing beats a real live show!

“Music always seems to adapt no matter the situation."

What is one change you’d love to make to the industry?

Probably the cost of touring. When you start out in a band, playing live is one of your biggest assets to grow your fanbase. The cost of touring can be a burden, especially if you want to try and tour internationally.

If you could collaborate with any musician in the future, who would it be and why?

We love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar. He is very forward thinking and we are big fans of his music.

Where would be your dream venue to play?

There is nothing like a hometown show in the iconic Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow!

Who are you betting on for future stardom?

There is an artist from our area called Ghost Boy. This kid has it all and doesn’t even know it. That’s what makes him so special.

Where do you hope to be in the next year?

Music has taken us all over the world and the pandemic has made us miss playing live more than ever so hopefully we are on tour playing arenas!

The next 5 years?

We’re brothers so more than likely we have fallen out, don’t speak to each other and split up for a few years. Then just when you think it’s all over, we announce the reunion tour haha.

Press play on SAINT PHNX’s ‘Happy Place’ below now…

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