PHIL SMART (Junk Beats, SYDNEY)
Phil has played lots of records to lots of people in lots of clubs, bars, warehouses, fields, basements, carparks and bunkers for the last twenty years. He’s renowned for playing the newest sounds and forward thinking electronic music.
Voted Australian DJ Of The Year at the National Dance Music Awards in 2000. Twice voted into DJ Magazine's prestigious list of the worlds Top 100 DJs.
Infamous long-standing residency at Tweekin, the Sydney clubbing institution voted Best Club Night at the 2000 Dance Music Awards and described by DJ Magazine in the UK as "coming under the very short list of proper clubs around the world".
As an indication of musical versatility, Phil has been chosen to play alongside visiting DJs as diverse as Michael Mayer, M.A.N.D.Y., Adam Freeland, Sven Vath, Derrick Carter, Sasha, John Digweed and Jose Padilla.
Promoter or co-promoter of some of Sydney's most legendary parties and club nights, including Sabotage, The Project, NY2K, Jus Right and Organic.
Co-founder of record labels Think and Thunk, which was responsible for early releases by Infusion and Pocket..
Released original material and remixes under various guises, including Headland, Earthlink, Altitude and Sprocket.
For the past couple of years has been working with the Junkbeats collective in Byron Bay, producing and releasing more new music, including the critically acclaimed Lighthouse mix compilation. Recently relocated to Newcastle.
Currently playing and making various styles including deep house, techouse, minimal and warm techno, head music and eclectic bar room beats.
SIMON CALDWELL (Mad Racket, SYDNEY)
Simon Caldwell is one of a handful of DJ's whose name adds a certain integrity to an event. Throughout the 12 years he's been playing records to beer drinkers, bum shakers and radio listeners alike, he has managed to avoid the stifling 'style' classification so many other DJ's trap themselves into, keeping himself free to draw on his varied loves of deep, soulful house, techno, funk, jazz, electro, booty, hip hop and anything else which catches his ear.
As Simon's notoriety slowly spread, club promoters started to take notice. On a club dancefloor Simon could finally indulge his other musical passion * soulful house and techno - and it didn't take long before he was being booked, not only at clubs, but at larger events too. At first in back rooms, then in main rooms, Simon acquired a reputation for playing "The Morning Set", and began to develop shocking sleeping patterns. To the present day Simon has rocked the dancefloor of practically every venue and clubnight in Sydney, with notable residencies at Home on Saturday nights and The Chinese Laundry. He is regularly booked to play peak sets at some of Sydney's biggest house events and has pitched his skills alongside dozens of internationals, including Derrick Carter, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, DJ Godfather, Richie Hawtin, Kelli Hand, Frankie Knuckles, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, Ian Pooley, Luke Slater, Chris Duckenfield/Swag, Charles Webster, Metro Area, Steve Bug, Daft Punk, Recloose, Common Factor, Patrick Forge, Losoul, Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, Rolando, Blake Baxter, Claude Young, Ectomorph, Dave Clarke, Russ Dewbury, Jamie Liddel and Ark.
Although Simon can hold his own in the big arena, his heart remains true to the intimate vibe of the underground house scene. He still presents the 'All Funked Up' radio show on 2SER-FM and also co-promotes 'Mad Racket', one of the freshest and friendliest underground parties in Sydney, held at a lawn bowls club, which has toured the likes of Herbert, Metro Area, Steve Bug, Swag, Charles Webster and Tom Middleton. Simon has also released two mixed CDs * the first with Ken Cloud * "DJ Excursions Vol.5" through MDS in 1998, the second with Mako * "Mixed Business" last year. He regularly plays interstate at the cream of Australia's underground clubs, from Melbourne's 'Honkytonks' to Perth's 'Maw Funk' parties to Adelaide's 'Cargo' and 'Minke'.
MURAT KILIC (Still Vor Talent, SYDNEY)
As well as being a respected long time DJ in the Australian electronic music scene, Murat Kilic is also a profilic producer of tech house, minimal and techno over the last few years with releases on some of the world's most forward thinking labels like Stil Vor Talent of Berlin, Germany and Stereo Seven Plus of Milan, Italy. He has also completed remixes for labels such as BEEF, Kaato, Subsonic and Tribal Vision.
Murat Kilic is the founder, booker and resident DJ for one of Australia’s longest running and best known After Hour Club called “SPICE” held at HOME Terrace every week from 5AM on Sunday. SPICE is in its 5th year now and during this time Murat has booked DJ's such as Oliver Koletzki, Paul Ritch, Shonky, Style of Eye, Stephan Bodzin, Phil Keiran, Marc Romboy, Mike Monday, Phonique, Luca Bacchetti, Tiefschwarz, Adam Beyer, Joel Mull, Simon Baker, Martinez, Tocadisco, Claude Von Stroke, Martin Eyerer, Alex Kid to name a few.
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