I desire I wasn’t writing this and Dom Phillips was nonetheless with us. There will be lots of in dance audio who will have followed the story of his latest murder in the Amazon with distress and shock.
Dom was editor of Mixmag for a great deal of the ’90s just before moving to Brazil as a freelance news reporter for The Guardian, Washington Article and many others. There will be quite a few tributes to his work in Brazil but it truly is also significant to recognise his contribution to dance tunes much too.
On the lookout again, the ’90s was a wildly artistic time for dance audio with new genres exploding, artists breaking by means of from all corners and new music bursting out from Chicago and New York and boomeranging as a result of the United kingdom, Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, just about everywhere, and morphing and evolving in an ever-altering maelstrom of new sounds and kinds. Anything could come from any individual wherever. As editor, Dom built absolutely sure Mixmag charted all of that. He was similarly centered on the under no circumstances-ending dramas of clubland, charting the increase of superclubs and particularly the emergence of superstar DJs, which he went on to cover more deeply in his initial e-book, Celebrity DJs Right here We Go! The Increase and Fall of the Superstar DJ.
But the journalist we now see much more definitely in Dom’s perform preserving Brazil’s Indigenous communities was just as powerful in his time as editor of Mixmag. There was the entrance address tale of a riot in Trafalgar Square as police fought from the underground rave scene. There were being features exposing gang action, other folks highlighting racist doorway procedures, undercover drug stories and considerably a lot more. Dom’s Mixmag was on the aspect of the reader, their truth was the just one he was most interested in. It took two several years to pull off but it was Mixmag that thoroughly investigated: How medication have an impact on your driving. On a disused airfield with actual lifestyle volunteers.
There was also a lot of exciting. The go over with a cow in a area for reasons I can no lengthier bear in mind. My favourite characteristic headline of all time — Would You Let This Horse Into Your Club? with two unlucky Mixmag staffers stuffed inside of a pantomime horse. He took media over and above the London bubble: pushing a persistent fundamental insistence that the ideal golf equipment in the entire world had been in the North of England. With so much audio to explain issues acquired peculiar at instances, with a couple of months when a specifically banging Belgian techno audio needed “trousers on the head and pencils up the nose”.
There are a million stories and I am positive quite a few reading this will have their personal — there are hundreds and countless numbers of DJs, club promoters, history labels, artists and, most of all, clubbers and audio fans who crossed paths with Dom in this time. He was a single of us, on our aspect, just a different punter on the dancefloor or listening to a great new tune. And his Mixmag captured that, turning out to be a substantial accomplishment in the system.
In so several methods, Dom’s everyday living and work touched us all. Let’s salute him and might he rest in peace.
David Davies is Mixmag’s former Editor and Taking care of Director