Phil’s love of music began back in the late 70s where as a child living in the Handsworth, Birmingham area of the UK, he would go to the local community centre, or sports halls to listen to reggae sound systems play.
Back then the speaker boxes were about 6 feet tall, and the hypnotic drum and bass lines of the roots and culture/Rastafarian/dub genre of music literally shook your body to the core.
In the early 80s Phil and a close friend with the same interest decided to put their extensive record collections together, and form their own Sound System called Master Blaster, whilst still at school. Phil was given the nickname Juneadan (pronounced Junior Dan ), his role at the time was emcee/DJ.
Instead of making magazine racks, or tables during woodwork lessons, they would make 18” bass bins, and cabinets to house 15” midrange speakers, and tweeters, and of course writing lyrics to recite on the microphone.
Starting off just playing school discos, they soon grew popular, and began playing at local community centres, and travelling around the country, having sound clashes against other soundsystems representing neighbouring towns.
After leaving school they devoted all their time to promoting their sound system and playing music. They were rewarded by being booked by all of the biggest promoters, and found themselves opening/providing the music at reggae concerts for artists such as the late Dennis Brown, Tenor Saw, Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, and Beres Hammond just to name a few.
However, in 1987 due to differences between a number of the members of the crew, all parties decided to call it a day, and go their separate ways.
It was at this point Phil decided to give the reggae scene a break, and started to listen to Hip Hop/Electro, and House music in 1988. He was particularly drawn to the art of mixing with 2 turntables, and the production skills used for remixing tracks. This curiosity drove him to seek out a Birmingham based production team The Commission, whose mixes were constantly being played usually every Friday night on BBC Radio 1.
The team were Phil Dockerty (see soundcloud profile), and Adam Presdee, a couple of Birmingham based DJ's who also ran mixing classes, and put together megamixes/remixes for Radio, and DMC to name but a few.
Phil quickly struck up a good relationship with the duo, and was invited to become a part of their backroom team. As well as DJ’ing at night clubs in and around the Birmingham area, Phil also gained valuable experience in the studio sitting in on remixing sessions, and helping out with production of a 3 hour syndicated radio mix show called Hot Mix which went out every Friday night. This alliance went on for about 8 years.
The Commission eventually decided to part ways, and Phil’s good friend and mentor Phil Dockerty went on to form a DJ’ing/Production duo by the name of Futureshock with Alex Tepper (see soundcloud profile) in 1999. Phil still maintained his studio presence, and toured around the country, and overseas with the duo, whilst still DJ’ing with his own sound system, and doing the occasional club night here and there.
After quite a long break, Phil resurfaced in 2010. Although not currently active on the DJ’ing circuit, He is still keeping his head in the game by producing a mix every month, and posting it on his Soundcloud page. He is also a resident dj on BeatWinus Internet Radio.
Although Phil has a very varied musical background, and can draw on many different styles for inspiration, he tends to go for the more Tribal sounding feel, building into a nice warm soulful set.
I hope you enjoy listening to these mixes as much as he loves putting them together.