Melbourne-based DJ/producer Phil Krokidis, who was better known as Phil K, has died following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 51.
Krokidis was diagnosed in July 2018. In February 2019, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise money for his medical expenses.
During his career, he helped popularize the sound of the Aussie breaks scene. He dropped his first record called “Summer Breeze” as The Free Radicals with Andy Page and Ivan Gough in 1996.
He went on to release music on Global Underground, Lobotomy Records, Audio Therapy and Institution Recordings.
He also mixed a selection of well-received mix albums, including 2002’s Balance 004: Phil K (EQ/Stomp), 2003’s Retro>Future (Functional Breaks) and 200’s: Renaissance Presents The Therapy Sessions: Dave Seaman & Phil K (Renaissance).
Krokidis was also half of Lostep, a production duo featuring fellow Australian Luke Chable, and in a trio with Damon Fonooni and Dave Preston, known as The Operators.