- The cofounder of legendary party CoOp passed away yesterday from a heart attack.
Beloved DJ, producer and broken beat pioneer Phil Asher has died aged 50.
Asher, a stalwart of the London club scene since the early '90s, passed away of a heart attack on the night of Thursday, January 21st, Juno Daily reports. Tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the scene.
Born and raised in West London, Asher came up in the late-'80s and '90s, working stints behind the counter at Quaff Records and Vinyl Solution and DJing at acid house night Delirium. He was revered for his wide-ranging taste in house, funk, jazz and plenty more besides. In the studio, he notched up countless remix and production credits over the years, both solo (Phil Asher, Phlash, Demonstration) and as part of duos such as Restless Soul with Luke McCarty.
In 2000, he arguably left his biggest mark on the London scene, cofounding, alongside Dego, Demus and IG Culture, the now-legendary CoOp party at Velvet Rooms in Soho. The night, which later moved to Plastic People, became a hub for a new hybrid sound known as broken beat.
Revisit our feature on CoOp from 2017, and read some more tributes to Asher.