Phil Lee

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Phil Lee is the creative director at XL Recordings, the London-based independent record label that has worked with Radiohead, Adele, Dizzee Rascal, Tyler the Creator, Kaytranada, M.I.A and King Krule. In his role, Phil oversees the visuals that accompany each new release, from album art to music videos. As part of our Talent 2.0 series exploring how creatives think about – and find – good people in the internet age, Phil opened up to us about the fall of gatekeepers, the rise of social media, and the importance of knowing your limitations.

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You used to have to make content with gatekeepers in mind, as well as the final demographic. Now there are no gatekeepers – we can put things out there on YouTube.