DJ Profile: Phil B’s Potent Mix of House, Trance & Pop
Phil B is certainly a well-known DJ on the American and International Circuit. The mention of his name in any circle will immediately bring up memories of legendary dance parties, including White Party Palm Springs, Mass, Aftershock, venues on Fire Island, Pleasuredome, White Party Miami, Universe, Atlantis Cruises and Sundance.
With a strong pedigree and deep roots in the gay community, Phillip Bhullar, born in 1966 in West London, has been at the lead of a significant portion of the clubbing scene for nearly 25 years.
In the early 1990s, Phil B got his first break into the scene while living in Perth, Australia. He had been collecting dance records and dance music as a hobby. The owner of the local bar named Pals called Phil one evening, and knowing Phil’s love for music, asked if he could cover for a DJ that did not show up.
Pals was known for its "stand and model crowd," and not so much as a dance bar. Although he agreed to cover, he admitted he didn’t know how to mix. The owner assured Phil if he just faded from song to song, no one would know the difference.
"I walked out of that night feeling like I have never felt before" Phil recalls. "That was a high I had never experienced in my life!"
Phil B’s DJ career was born.
That same week, Phil went out and purchased decks and turntables. The owner at Pals told Phil once he learned to beat match, he could have the bar weekly. Phil quickly learned his skills under the guidance of local DJ,Rachel Harvey.
Within weeks, he started to master the turntables. "It would have taken me far longer without help from Rachel," Phil explains, "Rachel said, ’If you really love it, you will learn the rest yourself’. And she was right!"
These skills would become the foundations of what would become known as Phil B’s sound. This sound and his drive to be a DJ would secure Phil’s first dance club gig at Perth club Connections.