DJ PHAT PHILLIE
Phat Phillie is a resident DJ (and promoter) of some of Zagreb’s coolest weekly & monthly events. Held at the city’s urban nightspots such as The Garden Brewery, Tvornica, Aquarius, Super Super these events hosted sold-out shows by artists such as Redman & Method Man, GZA, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, Masta Ace, Raekwon, OC and Big L (R.I.P.), Tha Alkaholiks, Dilated Peoples, Naughty By Nature, The Brand New Heavies, Big Daddy Kane to name a few.
Phillie got into hip-hop way back in 1984 after hearing UTFO’s Roxanne Roxanne on Zagreb’s legendary station Radio 101 and watching classic films such as Beat Street, Wild Style and Breakin’.
Following a brief stay in the US in 1991. he met DJ Frx with whom he co-hosted Blackout Rap Show since 1993, Croatia’s number one rated hip-hop radio show on Radio 101. To mark the show’s 10th anniversary, they released a double vinyl: Blackout 10 (The Best Of Hip-Hop), a compilation of the most important tracks released by artists from Croatia’s richly diverse and exceptionally creative hip-hop scene. Most recently Phillie has switched a station and now hosts his rap show at Radio Student in Zagreb.
Phillie has DJ-ed not only in Croatia but also in New York, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, Holland and Russia. A regular guest on numerous Croatian television shows, he has appeared on Germany’s music television station VIVA TV (Mixery Raw Deluxe)and MTV Europe (MTV Mash). Phillie has also penned articles for a number of the world’s leading hip-hop magazines including Backspin (Germany), DJ Mag (UK) and The Source (US) and interviewed artists such as 50 Cent, N.O.R.E., Wu-Tang Clan, Ice-T, Nile Rodgers (Chic), DJ Premier. He can even be heard in a skit on the Dilated Peoples LP ‘The Platform’.
As CEO of Blackout Entertainment Croatia, Phillie also manages three of Europe’s hottest hip-hop producers – Koolade, Baby Dooks and Dash, who have worked with the likes of Bow Wow & Omarion, Jadakiss, Erick Sermon, Redman, Lil’ Mo, Styles P, Fatman Scoop, Sean Paul, Fat Joe, Angie Martinez, Das EFX, Joy Danelane,Masta Ace, Edo G, El Da Sensei, Consequence, Sadat X, Baby Bash, Pitbull, Masta Killa (Wu-Tang), Ghostface Killah, Mizz Nina (Maylasia), Flo-Rida, Peedi Crakk and Colby ‘O Donnis.
His Blackout Entertainment company does street, radio and club marketing for companies such as Olympus, Adidas, Rbk, Axe, Hennessy, Tuborg, Becks, New Yorker, Belaire Rose as well as booking shows for artists like Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Ice Cube, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T and DJ Premier.
He was one of the judges of the European Heineken DJ Thirst competition and started a specialized hip-hop website/blog: www.blackouthiphop.com
Most recently, Phillie started playing a role of an executive producer for a second installment of the classic “Heavy Rhyme Experience” album by the UK acid-jazz band The Brand New Heavies as well as a debut album “The Makings” for a Croatian producer Koolade.
Phillie’s latest endeavour is Croatia’s only Hip-Hop/R&B festival “Fresh Island” held at the infamous Zrce beach on the Island Of Pag. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Iggy Azalea, Nas, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign have all performed there in the last five years.