Who is Phil K? Phil K Bio/Wiki
Following a prolonged struggle with cancer, electronic music producer Philip Krokidis aka DJ Phil K has passed away. He was 51.
Born on May 7, 1969, Krokidis, particularly in the breakbeat sound, helped form Australia’s dance music scene.
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RIP Phil. I’m profoundly saddened to have lost my friend Phil. For those that aren’t aware, DJ Phil K was a Breakbeat innovator and an amazing technical DJ residing in Melbourne who was a great inspiration to me. He mixed the @balance_series 004 (!) compilation way back in 2002* (link in my Bio for anyone wanting to listen). Before I’d crossed paths with Phil, I can remember @djsashaofficial saying something to me about how I was “going to love this guy”. He was right. Phil was someone who had a hugely positive impact on me. It was Phil who opened my eyes to what was possible with some CDJs and an FX unit, beyond mixing just one track into the next. He was my favourite DJ to just stand and watch (and learn) and I have him to thank for both my obsession and involvement with Pioneer. I recall Phil telling me that the Pioneer’s EFX500 was actually a sampler. He made me look for all the cheat codes. Whenever we DJed together Phil would often pull off some wizardry that would leave me in awe and I would always try and do something to impress him, because impressing him was important to me. You always want to impress your heroes and Phil was definitely one of mine, on either side of the decks. His enthusiasm was contagious and after every encounter he always left me feeling inspired. He was like a spark plug. I could’ve done with being on the same continent as him more often over the years. He was generous, funny and always encouraging. I feel lucky that I was able to tell Phil how much he meant to me, we don’t always get that chance and if any of you ever have the opportunity to do the same to someone that means a great deal to you, then my advice is to spill it. My love to Phil’s family and friends. I will miss him.
He was one of the biggest and most creative DJs in the country in the ’90s and’ 00s, with a knack for technological wizardry on the decks and CDJs when they first appeared. The Balance 004 mix, which arrived in 2002, is his best-known album.
He was 51 years old.
Phil K (real name Philip Krokidis), a leading figure in the Australian breaks scene, was a member of Hi-Fi Bugs and Lo-Step and created in The Operators, among many others, alongside Habersham and Dave Preston.
Before loading his vinyl crates with breaks, techno, and house tunes, Phil K cut his teeth DJing back in 1985, originally playing party classics.
Phil found his groove, securing slots at festivals such as The Big Day Out, Vibes on a Summer’s Day, Gatecrasher and Two Tribes, and performing alongside DJs like Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Dave Seaman, Freq Nasty, Craig Richards, and more, as dance and electronic music emerged from the underground.
Beloved Australian DJ Phil “K” Krokidis died after a two-year spell of bladder and prostate cancer at the age of 51. The innovator based in Melbourne lost his fight some two years after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I’m profoundly saddened to have lost my friend Phil Krokidis
For those that aren’t aware, DJ Phil K was a…
A GoFundMe campaign, which launched in early 2019 to help pay for his care and rehabilitation from many operations and hospital visits, was supported by friends and family.
Within 24 hours, donations topped $30,000, announced DJ Magazine at launch, and went on to raise just short of $75,000.