Phil Braithwaite is a guitarist, session musician, musical director, producer, songwriter and author currently based in London.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Currently guitarist for the internationally renowned violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae, other credits include Shane Filan, Westlife, X-Factor, The Game and many more.
After struggling at school, Phil got an opportunity to study music at Coventry University. In that time he practiced guitar between 8-15 hours every day. This period in his early 20's changed his life. Upon completing his degree he achieved the two highest grades the university had ever awarded, 95% and 98% for his final performances. Phil attained a First Class Honours Degree in Music and Professional Practice. Following these achievements, Phil got offered a scholarship from the record label EMI to study the master performance course at Tech Music Schools in London. Upon graduation Phil was given the award for the 'Best Performer' on the course.
At 23 Phil became the youngest university lecturer in the UK, lecturing at The Academy of Music and Sound in Southampton and Birmingham as well as Coventry University.
In 2011, wrote his first book 'Adventurous Open Chords for the Creative Guitarist'. This book was really well received by the guitar community and picked as one of the Best Guitar Tomes by Guitarist Magazine. He followed this book up two years later with his second book 'Developing Phrasing and Solos for Guitar'. This was again picked up by Guitarist Magazine as one of their Best Guitar Tomes in 2013.
Since then Phil has toured the world as guitarist, session musician and musical director for some of the biggest names in the music world as well as performing on major TV and Radio shows. Also featuring on ex-Westlife singer Shane Filan's top 10 debut solo album, playing guitar, ukelele and backing vocals.
The last few years has seen Phil turn his hand to writing and producing. In this world he goes under the two names 'The Rebel Scientist' and 'Braith'. Under the name The Rebel Scientist, Phil's debut EP 'Never Stop Waiting For You' came out to rave reviews in 2015. He has also co-written and produced two albums that have featured in the top 10 of the iTunes and Amazon music charts. As well as writing for TV and composing jingles and tracks for major companies around the world.