Sten Philip Mannsåker (born May 20, 1974) is a Norwegian bassist who began playing with The Cars in 2011 and became an official member in 2012.

Early career

Born in Bærum, Norway, Philip began playing bass guitar at the age of 16 and played in his school's jazz ensemble, as well as a The Cars tribute band named "Oslo Traffic". Philip had heavily listened to artists such as Billy Joel, New Order, INXS, Yes and The B-52's in his youth. By 1998 he was a session musician at Kåre Berrefjord's Heart Beat Studios, where he played bass guitar on a few pop songs and ETVKK albums, and had toured with FanGirls on their 1999-2000 Girls On Stage Tour (he was the only session musician from their albums to actually perform his album parts onstage). He also performed with Oslo-based alternative rock bands Comet and Høyt. In addition, he toured with Jimmy Buffett in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and with Billy Joel and Elton John on the European leg of their Face to Face 2009 tour.

In 2011, Philip toured with The Cars in Japan and El Kadsre, his first show with The Cars was in August at Shibuya-AX in Tokyo. In January 2012, Ric Ocasek confirmed to El TV Kadsre 24 that Philip would become The Cars' new bassist/co-lead vocalist. Philip described joining The Cars as "a great honor for me."

Personal life

Philip married FanGirls member Sammy Vue in 2008 in Toronto. The two met during the recording sessions for FanGirls' album Out to Party, and Vue was behind the decision to let Philip tour with the group to replicate his bass parts onstage. Vue appears in a cameo in the music video for The Cars' "Man". They live in Lloydminster, a Canadian town on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.


Philip uses a 1998 Danelectro '58 Longhorn Bass, a silver 1998 Danelectro DC59 Shorthorn Bass, and a black Danelectro '56 Bass. He also uses Markbass amplifiers and Nady wireless equipment.

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