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One of the most prominent players in the electronic music scene since its early
days in the UK, Phil Hartnoll needs no introduction. As one half of the world
renowned duo Orbital, Phil has helped to produce some of the most
groundbreaking works in the history of electronic music. Additionally, he has
established himself as a prominent solo DJ through his extensive playing over
the past 10 years.
Phil’s passion for performing as an individual DJ as well as for playing live with
Orbital has served to broaden his musical scope and reach, allowing him to
share his wealth of talent through multiple channels. As a DJ, he draws much
inspiration from music that other producers are making, and loves searching
through tunes in order to find that perfect juicy track. Phil’s DJ sets are
streamlined while still maintaining unpredictability and eclecticism. While he loves
to mix it up, playing old tracks and new, the message it always the same – it’s
Due to his parallel roles as a solo DJ and as half of Orbital, Phil’s DJ gigs must
often coincide with live performances, and are therefore exclusive and esteemed.
These performances are in high demand wherever he goes, as his reputation as
a solo artist has grown to match that of his live Orbital performances. Phil’s DJ
gigs this year include noteworthy locations such as Ministry of Sound London,
Ibiza, Madrid, Valencia, and a few shows in Asia alongside the likes of Mark
Knight, Basement Jaxx, Cristian Valera, and Marco Bailey. In the past, Phil has
taken his DJ set all over the world frequenting seminal London clubs as The End,
Turnmills and Fabric.
Named after Greater London's own circular autobahn, the M25, and central to the
early rave scene and party network in the South East during the halcyon 'daze' of
Acid House, Orbital was formed by Phil and his brother Paul in the late 1980s.
Orbital released a string of classic and celebrated 1990s singles including
"Chime," "Style," "The Box" and "Satan." Their performance at Glastonbury in
1994 is rated as one of the top 10 live performances ever at the festival.
Paul and Phil put their partnership on hold in 2004, Phil moved on to form
"LongRange" and produced the album"Madness and Me” while also developing
his love of DJing, but a five-year absence from Orbital only increased demand for
their exhilarating music and legendary live shows. Decades after they first
crossed over from rave-scene favorites to charts stars with their evergreen
electro anthems, you can still hear echoes of their pulsing, melodic, emotionally
uplifting sound everywhere you turn.
In 2012, Orbital have played noteworthy European festivals and venues,
including Space Ibiza, Creamfields Andalucia, Secret Garden Party, and Royal
Albert Hall in London. Orbital are also returning to the United States for the first
time in many years, playing massive electronic festivals such as Nocturnal
Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Decibel Festival.
Currently, Orbital are back in the ring with Wonky, their first new album in 8 years.
Both timeless and contemporary, Wonky puts a vividly modern spin on their
signature blend of richly melodic, deeply emotive electronica.
Phil recently produced a remix of “Where is it Going” from Wonky with Steve
Mac. This remix is a club oriented dancefloor track that will get you up and on
your feet. After all, Phil just wants everyone to have a good time.
PHIL HARTNOLL-ORBITAL’s tracks