The voice of the Lloyd Dobler Effect. One half of folk duo The Bubbas. Now, a solo musician who tries to make people smile at every performance. A musician who strives perform any song request asked of him, no matter the genre. A musician who loves to write, record and perform music. Phil Kominski is someone who has no other employment ambition other than to be music.
“I love when the crowd is involved and enthused… the end of the night when people are all singing and making requests and asking you to play longer. For me, when people are happy and having a good time through music that I am performing, there is no ‘last call’ until the venue needs to shut down”. – Phil Kominski.
As a founding member of the popular Washington DC rock band Lloyd Dobler Effect, Phil has toured the world (Japan, Singapore, Afghanistan, Africa, UAE, Guam, Qatar, Kyrgijthan, Bahrain, Diego Garcia and most of the 50 states including Hawaii). He has opened for a wealth of famous musicians (Eminem, Goo Goo Dolls, Kansas, Santana, Grouplove, etc). He has recorded with legends (Gary Katz, Camille Barbone, Elliott Randal, etc). He has performed over 3000 shows from venues as small as a pea (sandwiched between two Golden Tee machines at a Green Turtle) to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC (65,000 people in attendance). He has been on two record labels. In addition, he has been a Booking Agent (and still does some work at this profession), a guitar instructor and a session musician. He has written over 200 songs and released 18 CDS.
“In 2014, after sixteen-plus years of LDE’s existence, I found myself as the sole remaining member of the band who’s only profession is music. I honestly can never envision myself doing anything else. I feel so completely at home when I am writing, recording and performing… my songs or someone else’s” – Phil Kominski.
Phil’s belief is that one has to be flexible to make a living through music. “You have to find something that you like and can relate to in all genres of music”, Phil says. “You have to learn to play a little bit of every genre and you have to not only be willing to play the kinds of music that a venue wants, you have to like it… otherwise, it will show and honestly, you are just wasting your time”.
A native of Silver Spring, MD, Phil grew up and still lives just next door to Washington, DC. “When I was younger, all I wanted to do was get out of DC”, Phil says. “Now that I have traveled so extensively, I realize how much I love my home and how fortunate I feel to live here”. Phil is grateful for the abundance of venues and private events that are in the greater DC area and their support of artists and live music. “This town and the cities near by keep food on my table and diapers on my babies!”
Phil has recently started a new group (THE BUBBAS) with his wife of ten years, Elizabeth Coyle Kominski. The Bubbas’ first CD, “The Winter 3 E.P.”, was released in December 2014. Plans are to release a full length CD in 2017. Phil is also planning to release his first solo album in 2017. Phil and Elizabeth have two children, Tyler (age 7) and Harper (age 5), both of whom love music.
“I started writing songs when I was about 14 years old, but I never imagined that one day I would actually be performing them in-front of thousands of people, over 300 days a year! I basically used to come home from High School and just sit in my room and play whatever came to me for hours and hours… it was honestly a form of therapy and relaxation” – Phil Kominski.
In addition to marrying the love of his life in 2005 and being half responsible for creating the two most important things in his life (Tyler and Harper), Phil considers his music and it’s endeavors to be his crowning life achievement. “If I can make people happier than they were before they heard me perform, I feel that I have done the most important thing I can do. People need to smile and people need to feel that some weight has been lifted from their lives… if I can do this just a little bit, then I feel I have lived up to what my responsibility is in this world” – Phil Kominski
Pachabel’s “Canon In D” performed by Phil Kominski Guitar Duo
The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” performed by Phil Kominski Guitar Duo
Mendelssohn’s “The Wedding March” performed by Phil Kominski Guitar Duo