Prolific UK House DJ Phil Asher Has Died
Prolific UK House DJ Phil Asher Has DiedJanuary 22, 2021
Phil Asher, undoubtedly one of the UK’s most distinguished DJ/producers, has passed away at age 50 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep.
With a career spanning almost three decades, he rose to international acclaim through his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, jazz, disco, breaks, and more with his incredibly smooth mixing skills and quality track selections that set dance floors ablaze. Famous for linking 4/4 and broken beat in a way that had never been heard before, his acclaim would land him regulars gigs all over the UK and take him to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Brazil, Japan, Canada, United States, New-Zealand, Australia, and beyond.
Asher was instrumental in pushing house and soulful music in London through his work at two of the UK capital’s finest record stores, Quaff Records and Vinyl Solution.
Working under numerous groups and monikers such as Basic Soul, Demonstration, E & E Sound, and Phlash, Asher boasts hundreds of releases that have appeared on imprints such as Rekids, Versatile Records, Reel People Music, Slip N Slide Records, Houseology, and dozens more.
As quoted by journalist Jan Peeters, “With an admirable sense of energy and spontaneity, he’ll encounter anything that crosses his many paths and turn it into a musical piece of art. Phil Asher truly is…a master at work.” (Plastiks 58)
Tributes to Phil Asher have been pouring in on social media as the dance music world mourns the loss of a legend. Read a selection below.
RIP Phil Asher. A really nice guy that made lots of great music. pic.twitter.com/qJVDp4YhPp
— Mark Farina (@djmarkfarina) January 22, 2021
L O S T
for words. RIP #PhilAsher
One of the nicest, most talented people in our scene I ever met. Departed way to early. Condolences to his family.
— Ralf GUM #Progressions (@RalfGUM) January 22, 2021
Im not often lost for words, but this one hit hard!
— D-Malice Official (@DMalice) January 22, 2021
Rest in peace my dear friend Phil Asher.. When I was coming up you always had time for me and you was a lovely kind guy..
My thoughts are with your family and friend’s right now . I’m absolutely gutted pic.twitter.com/W7iwHqrK3v
— Jumpin Jack Frost (@djjjfrost) January 22, 2021
Heartbreaking to hear about the death of @philasher. Genuinely one the most talented and nicest people I have met in the music business, sending my condolences out to his close friends and family
— FABIO (@fabiodnb) January 22, 2021