UK house DJ Phil Asher has reportedly died, aged 50.
The sad news was shared on social media on Friday 22nd January, with tributes coming from fellow DJs, friends and music industry figures across the UK and beyond. No cause of death has been revealed.
A record collector and music aficionado, with a knowledge spanning soul, jazz and disco, Asher infused all of this understanding into his house music productions and DJ sets. He’s regarded as one of the finest DJs to emerge from the UK, playing a pivotal role in bridging the gap between 4/4 and broken beat and winning widespread admiration for his smooth mixing.
Asher played his first DJ set at seminal house venue Delirium in 1991,and went on to have a prolific career spanning many aliases and working in influential dance music institutions.
Alongside his birth name, he released music under monikers including Basic Soul, Demonstration. Phlash and E & E Sound across labels such as Strictly 4 Groovers, Versatile Records, 4 Lux, Restless Soul, Houseology and Rekids. He also curated a number of influential compilations on Slip ‘n’ Slide, including becoming part of the ‘Jazz in the House’ series.
Asher co-founded West London’s Co-Op club in 2000 alongside Dego, Demus, G-Force and IG Culture, which became a hub for the the broken beat sound. He also worked in the English capital’s Quaff & Vinyl Solution records shops, and hosted the radio program R Solution with Kirk DeGiorgio and 4hero’s Dego and Mark Mac on Kiss FM.