Phil K

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Phil K
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Background information
Birth namePhillip Krokidis
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 49)
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Occupation(s)Disc jockey
Record producer
Associated actsThe Operators, Lo-Step, Hi-Fi Bugs

Phil K (full name Phil Krokidis) is an electronic music DJ and producer from Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the "Aussie breaks" music scene which also includes other Melbourne DJs such as Nubreed and Andy Page.[1] In addition to DJing, Phil K also produces alongside Habersham and Dave Preston in The Operators and is also a member of Hi-Fi Bugs and Lo-Step. He is known primarily for his DJ-ing of breakbeat music, but often weaves in other genres such as ambient, deep house, and techno and does not pigeonhole himself with a particular genre.[2][3]


Phil K started DJ-ing in 1985, performing at his school's disco.[1] He soon started working for a disco hire company setting up sound systems at venues.[2] In the 1990s, Phil K worked for DMC, a seller of DJ gear and records.[4][5] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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".[7] Phil K started working with fellow Australian Luke Chable and the two released "The Roots" on Boxed in 2002.[8] 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.[8] 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"[9] and won Phil K the 2003 DMA award for "Best Mix CD".[7]

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.[1] The mix album featured "Cloudbrake", a "tech-edged" bass driven breakbeat track written by Phil K and Habersham.[10] In 2006, Phil K and Chable as Lo-Step released Because We Can.[11] The album combines emotive breakbeats and dirty, electro rhythms with strange synths and samples.[12][13]


Phil K with Luke Chable as Lo-Step

With Pioneer, Phil K developed a prototype for the DVJ-X1, the first visual and audio live mixer.[14] Unlike some other DJs, Phil K does not hold vinyl "sacred" and enjoys using newer digital technologies due to their flexibility.[15]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 2000: Sound Not Scene (Global Recordings)
  • 2002: Balance 004: Phil K (EQ/Stomp)
  • 2003: Retro>Future (Functional Breaks)
  • 2004: Renaissance Presents The Therapy Sessions: Dave Seaman & Phil K (Renaissance)
  • 2005: Phil K Presents: Y4K (Distinct'ive Breaks Records)
  • 2006: Lo-Step - Because We Can (GU Music)
  • 2007: Hi Fi (Central Station)
  • Shpongle - "Dorset Perception" (Lo-Step's Balearic Breaks Re-Edit)


  1. ^ a b c Irwin, Tim (2005-03-01). "SPECIAL K: AUSSIE BREAKS JOCKS AND DJMAG FAVE PHIL K". DJMag. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  2. ^ a b Pandzic, Tom (2005-05-01). "365 INTERVIEW: PHIL K". 365mag. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  3. ^ Anderson, Rick. "Y4K >> Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  4. ^ Cato, Andre (2003-07-20). "Mixing Music Media - Phil K". Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  5. ^ a b "Perth Event Listings". Teknoscape. Archived from the original on 4 January 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
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  7. ^ a b "Dance Music Awards: History". Dance Music Awards. Archived from the original on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  8. ^ a b "About at Lostep". Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  9. ^ Y, Robbie (2002-10-17). "RA: Phil K - Balance 004 - Album Review". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  10. ^ Jones, Simon (2005-02-03). "Music Reviews: Phil-K & Habersham "Cloudbrake"". Progressive-Sounds. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  11. ^ Calvert, Jason (2006-04-11). "Music Reviews: Lostep "Because We Can"". Progressive-Sounds. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  12. ^ Rusu, Dragos (2006-03-14). "Review: Lostep - Because We Can". Beat Factor. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  13. ^ Goodwin, Oliver (2006-04-25). "RA: Lostep - Because We Can - Album Review". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  14. ^ "Phil K: Interview" (PDF). 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  15. ^ "Lostep interview 5 2006". Progressive Sounds. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2007-07-24.

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