Hi, I'm Phil and I've been a DJ for 14 years. Since 2007 I've mostly spun vinyl records. I've DJ'ed weddings, school dances, corporate events, retirement parties, house parties, and clubs. I have my own P.A. system and gear so if you give me a power outlet I can start a party.
In preparation for each event, I work with the organizer to make sure that the music I bring matches their tastes and the appropriate tone of the party. I mix and beat match all of my songs.
My taste, mixing abilities, and vast experience playing vinyl are the things that separate me from other professional DJs. Hire me if you want to please both the music heads and the normies.
Phil was recommended to my husband and I through our wedding photographer. From our first meeting Phil came completely prepared with questions, and quoted us a very reasonable price. We had initially just hired Phil for our after party at a local dive bar, and a few weeks out from the wedding we hired him to run microphones for our ceremony. Phil did both jobs perfectly. Wedding planning is so stressful but hiring Phil made everything easy. Let's talk about his skills, Phil had us dancing all night, his transitions were seamless, all of our guests were blown away. Literally never a dull moment, Hire Phil, you wont be sorry.
Phil was totally amazing! We were referred to DJ Phil by a friend and never looked back! He brought all of the music we requested and more! He personalized our wedding party introduction, the music I walked down the aisle to and our bouquet and garter tosses. He was willing to adjust as things changed throughout the night and was all around enjoyable to have as our DJ! He brings his own vinyls for certain special songs and has really helpful suggestions when you aren't sure what you want! Thanks to him the dance floor was packed from start to finish and we had a total blast! We have gotten nothing but amazing feeback on the music from our wedding guest and could not be more grateful to have an amazing DJ to call for later events! If you want a personally curated wedding playlist that you will never forget DJ Phil is the DJ for you!
Phillip is an incredibly talented DJ! We hired him to DJ our wedding with appx. 150 guests. The dance floor was full as soon as he started to DJ and didn’t empty out until the venue shut us down! We requested that Phillip play a wide range of tunes - disco, funk, and 80’s, 90’s and some current hits. He blended these genres together seamlessly. He even brought his vinyl collection for guests to dig through during dinner and make requests. Our friends and family loved this and thought it was a really nice personal touch. Phillip was so laid back and happy to accommodate all of our requests. I highly recommend him for any event!
Our wedding was everything we dreamed of but it wouldn’t have been the same without such an awesome DJ!! From the perfectly timed ceremony music all the way through to the dance floor that was rockin all night - he was excellent. Super easy to work with. Attentive to everything we wanted. Great playlist. Kept the party going all the way to last call. Wedding planning is complicated and stressful enough - do yourselves a favor and make one thing easier — put your playlist in the talented hands of Phil!
I had never hired a DJ before. After speaking with several DJ’s I knew Phil was the way to go. He’s extremely professional and organized. He listened to our requests and styles and did an amazing job!! Everyone loved him! Thanks so much for helping make our event a huge success!!
Let me state is again: DJ Phil is the best! I booked him to play my giant event, The ATX BaconFest, and he crushed it. Phil was so easy to work with. He was professional, responsive, punctual and amazing the entire event. I never once had to ask him to change a song or even adjust the volume. He knew exactly what would sound perfect in the space throughout the entire day and maybe great music that kept people happy the entire time.
I would book Phil again anytime in a heartbeat and so should you. Book him right now, honestly, you'll be thrilled that you did.
What to Expect
The music that I play varies based on the mood of the event I've been hired to DJ. I like to play a variety of different genres and eras of music and jump between them to draw unusual connections between songs. I believe in pushing listeners' tastes and music knowledge by playing songs that work on the dancefloor and live on the edges of people's memories. I'll often play a couple of well-known songs to get people dancing before mixing in a song that is related but less well-known. I think that one of my responsibilities as a DJ is to educate listeners, introducing them to great new music ("breaking" records) and celebrating old songs that are in the canon of dance music history.
I DJ weddings differently than I DJ clubs or house parties. For weddings, I'll typically segment my DJ set into smaller sections focusing on different genres so that, over the course of the night, each demographic at the party gets to dance to a genre or era of music that they enjoy and can relate to.
I seek to understand my clients' musical tastes and the tastes, backgrounds, and age ranges of their guests so that I can play particular songs that cater to those tastes and compel partygoers to dance. I believe that you are hiring me to surprise you.
I've been a DJ for 14 years. I started as a sophomore at Kenyon College in Ohio using CD players and a mixer. As a junior I bought CDJs and learned to mix and beat-match. My senior year I bought two turntables and started buying and playing vinyl records.
While living in the San Francisco Bay Area (from 2008-2017) I had the opportunity to work at Vinyl Dreams records, DJ for Honey Soundsystem at the Paradise Lounge, perform original music at Run the Length of Your Wildness, and play records at various venues around town such as Raven Bar, Showdown, and Underground SF. I eventually bought a P.A. and began DJing the weddings of friends and friends-of-friends. As of today, at the end of October 2019, I've DJed more than 30 weddings and have signed contracts for 6 more this year and 7 weddings in 2020.
I returned to my hometown of Austin, TX at the beginning of 2018 and have been working as a full-time event DJ: booking gigs on my own and DJing events for several other companies in town and one venue.
Recently I've worked with:
* A husband looking to throw a party for his wife's 60th birthday
* 26 year-old fiances looking for a wedding DJ to pay 90's hip-hop and R&B
* A soon-to-be retiree looking to celebrate her retirement with friends and family
* A real estate agent looking to develop contacts with young professionals.
* A woman looking for a DJ to play classic hip-hop at her 40th birthday party
* A friend looking to throw a totally sick Halloween house party!
Additional Booking Notes
I need a nearby power outlet and a spot away from the elements (wind, direct sunlight, rain, etc.). It will have to be roomy enough to set up a folding table with my turntables and laptop on it. There should be enough room for me to move around behind the table and store a couple of record bags, which I'll be reaching for and digging through continuously during my set. The set-up location must be in a place where vibrations from the dancefloor or from attendee's footsteps will not shake the table enough to cause feedback on the turntable needle or record skipping. There also needs to be enough room to set up two 50 lb, 15" loudspeakers on stands pointed at the dancefloor. I bring my own folding table, black tablecloths, and facade (see my photos for pictures of my set-up).
For a good example of what I would play for a general audience, I'd recommend checking out a mix I made for a series of 5k races on my Podomatic page (click my website link).
The mix's tracklist is full of puns and references to walking, running, shoes, and boots. And because the races were to take place in the Chicago area, I included Chicago house classics (like "French Kiss" and "Percolator"). The mix was designed to start slow, then build in energy and tempo followed by a period of cooling down towards the end. The tracklist is diverse and jumps between eras and genres including some songs that are less well known and others that are totally obvious ("Running with the Devil"). It's an accurate representation of the way that I think about DJing and the diversity and playfulness I bring whenever I get to play records for people.
Influences & Inspiration
Optimo (Espacio), Greg Wilson, Maurice Fulton, Bicep, Mike Bee, Joel Conway
A location to set up that is protected from weather (heavy wind, rain) and direct sunlight.
A nearby power outlet.