The electronic music industry awoke early Sunday morning to the devasting news that beloved Australian DJ and artist Phil K lost his long battle with cancer. Revered by friends and industry for his charisma, humble, yet playful nature, Phil was the embodiment of being an innovative, pioneering DJ and artist with a profound love of broken beats, house and electronic music. He will be sorely missed.
In a moving tribute from Balance Music
FOR THOSE WHO KNEW PHIL K THROUGH HIS MUSIC WILL KNOW HE WAS A ONE-OF-A-KIND TALENT, A GLOBAL DANCE MUSIC PIONEER WHO PROMOTED NICHE PRODUCERS, AND PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND RAW SKILL.
Those lucky enough to have had Phil in their personal life can attest that he was that rare kind of human, a man who approached everyone judgement-free, and with an open heart. He was also the type of person that treated everyone he met with love and respect, and, is if they were a good friend.
We were also privileged to have known Phil personally and also honoured to have him as part of the Balance Music family. Back in 2002, he compiled a release that for many is still one of the most significant entries into the Balance Series. It was a statement of the intense passion that Phil had for electronic music, and his ability to effortlessly connect dots between many shades of dance music. At the time no one fused genres like break-beats and house together, but that all changed with Phil K.
Even though it’s with great sadness that we share the news of Phil passing, the joy and the music he gave us will remain forever.
As a tribute to the great man, we offer you Phil’s incredible Balance Series compilation album number 4 in its full glory… Rest In Peace
Phil K started DJing in 1985, performing at his school’s disco. He soon started working for a disco hire company setting up sound systems at venues. In the 1990s, Phil K worked for DMC, a seller of DJ gear and records. In 1996, Phil K released his first record, “Summer Breeze” as The Free Radicals with Andy Page and Ivan Gough. He co-founded a new label, Zero Tolerance Records, in 1998 with Page to release material by their duo, Hi-Fi Bugs. Now defunct, ZTR released electronic music from 1998 to 2004, releasing singles by artists such as Ivan Gough, Luke Chable, Hi-Fi Bugs, Andy Page, and Gab Olivier.
In 2000, Phil K created his first commercial mix album for Global Recordings. This album won him the “Best Dance Compilation” award at the Dance Music Awards in 2001 his Kiss 100 “Friday Tapes” garnered him the award for “Best Radio Show”. Phil K started working with fellow Australian Luke Chable and the two released “The Roots” on Boxed in 2002. After sending Sasha a demo of their next track, “Burma”, he included it on the album Involver and the track was subsequently released by GU Music as well. He also signed onto EQ/Stomp to mix the fourth entry in the Balance series. Balance 004 is a two disc release consisting of a “Breaks Mix” and a “House Mix” and won Phil K the 2003 DMA award for “Best Mix CD”.
In 2005, Distinct’ive Breaks Records released Phil K’s entry in the Y4k series and features a combination of melodic breaks, bassy techno, and glitchy electro. The mix album featured “Cloudbrake”, a “tech-edged” bass driven breakbeat track written by Phil K and Habersham. In 2006, Phil K and Chable as Lo-Step released Because We Can. The album combines emotive breakbeats and dirty, electro rhythms with strange synths and samples.