Melbourne DJ Phil K has died following a battle with bladder cancer

He was diagnosed with the illness in July 2018

Melbourne DJ Phil K, full name Phil Krokidis, has passed away at the age of 51 following a battle with bladder cancer.

The producer was first diagnosed in July 2018. Months later, in February 2019, his condition had deteriorated, with friends and family launching a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his growing medical expenses.

As reported by The Music, he sadly lost his battle with the illness yesterday (November 1).

Tributes from the electronic music community have poured in since news of Krokidis’ passing broke. Victoria’s large-scale electronic festival Rainbow Serpent paid their respects to the late DJ with a post on their Facebook page, saying “our community lost one of its finest yesterday”.

“Phil K was a pioneer of the Australian electronic music scene, a Rainbow legend and, most important of all, a truly wonderful and kind person who will be sadly missed by so many,” read the caption.

“The entire Rainbow Serpent Festival crew would like to acknowledge his contribution to our scene, to music, to our lives and to send our condolences to his family and friends.”

Our community lost one of its finest yesterday. Phil K was a pioneer of the Australian electronic music scene, a Rainbow…

Posted by Rainbow Serpent Festival on Sunday, November 1, 2020

British DJ Dave Seaman also expressed his sadness at the news on social media, posting a heartfelt tribute to Instagram.

“Absolutely devastated to hear that one of the best human beings I ever had the chance to meet has lost his battle with cancer,” wrote Seaman.

“Phil K was not only one of the best DJs ever but more importantly, was one the kindest, most genuine human beings whose enthusiasm and lust for life was so infectious, it was always such an enlightening and inspiring pleasure to spend time in his company. He was a real one-off. I will treasure all the wonderful memories mate. RIP my friend. You will be truly missed.”

Tributes also flowed in from English producer James Zabiela and Melbourne’s Piknic Électronik festival.

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RIP Phil. I’m profoundly saddened to have lost my friend Phil. For those that aren’t aware, DJ Phil K was a Breakbeat innovator and an amazing technical DJ residing in Melbourne who was a great inspiration to me. He mixed the @balance_series 004 (!) compilation way back in 2002* (link in my Bio for anyone wanting to listen). Before I’d crossed paths with Phil, I can remember @djsashaofficial saying something to me about how I was “going to love this guy”. He was right. Phil was someone who had a hugely positive impact on me. It was Phil who opened my eyes to what was possible with some CDJs and an FX unit, beyond mixing just one track into the next. He was my favourite DJ to just stand and watch (and learn) and I have him to thank for both my obsession and involvement with Pioneer. I recall Phil telling me that the Pioneer’s EFX500 was actually a sampler. He made me look for all the cheat codes. Whenever we DJed together Phil would often pull off some wizardry that would leave me in awe and I would always try and do something to impress him, because impressing him was important to me. You always want to impress your heroes and Phil was definitely one of mine, on either side of the decks. His enthusiasm was contagious and after every encounter he always left me feeling inspired. He was like a spark plug. I could’ve done with being on the same continent as him more often over the years. He was generous, funny and always encouraging. I feel lucky that I was able to tell Phil how much he meant to me, we don’t always get that chance and if any of you ever have the opportunity to do the same to someone that means a great deal to you, then my advice is to spill it. My love to Phil’s family and friends. I will miss him.

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Phil K was hero to Melbourne weather he liked it or not and will be missed by everyone. Much love to his family and all…

Posted by Piknic Électronik Melbourne on Sunday, November 1, 2020

Krokidis was well-known in Australia’s breakbeat scene and heralded as one of the country’s biggest dance acts during the ’90s and 2000s.

As well as his solo work, Krokidis also played as part of electronic duo Lo-step alongside Luke Chable, and in a trio with Damon Fonooni and Dave Preston, known as The Operators.