Transforming an Oil Drum Into an Instrument – Jimi Phillip Making Steel Pans for “Sounds Like Steel”

n this video, award winning steel pan maker Jimi Phillip shows the process of making a steel pan from an oil drum, and talks about the development of the instrument over time.
This behind the scenes video was made during the filming of “Sounds Like Steel,” a documentary that takes a detailed look into how a steel orchestra is run, and how bands prepare to compete and win in the national Panorama competition.
Sounds Like Steel will release for free online in summer 2023, but until then, I’ll be releasing clips and behind the scenes content on YouTube, as well as on my website and social media.


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