Here’s a set recorded for the 25 Years of House Music event in Birmingham. In 1988 a sound called Acid House spawned a youth culture that has seen it’s legacy continue till this day. House music had been played in Birmingham since 1985, but in 1988 a weekly night called Hipnoziz at a club called The Hummingbird set the ground of what was to come. The following year the Snapper Club continued and truly cemented The Hummingbird as part of the city’s House history.
The original creators of those early Hummingbird parties invited our own Phil Dockerty to play a DJ set that features many of the classic house moments of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, a period he spent Djing in the city, while running the Urban Hero label, before forming Futureshock (with Alex Tepper) and launching the Fuju label with Junior Boys Own.
As a DJ Phil has played across the UK, Europe, South America and Asia both solo and as Futureshock. The list of venues he’s performed at includes most of the acknowledged ‘best clubs in the world’, these include: Pacha (Ibiza), Amnesia (Ibiza), EL Divino (Ibiza), Privilege (Ibiza), Yellow (Tokyo) Ageha (Tokyo), Womb (Tokyo), Pacha (Buenos Aires), Fabric (London), The End (London), Ministry of Sound (London), Sankeys (Manchester), The Arches (Glasgow), Zouk (Singapore), Propaganda (Moscow), Paradiso (Amsterdam) La Mania (Constanta, Romania) and Kristal (Bucharest).
The period between 1998 and 2003 saw Futureshock create a staggering list of remixes and by the time this remix work was scaled down, to allow time to work on their own productions, the list included: The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, New Order, Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Green Velvet, Luke Slater and Saint Etienne. (see discogs link above for full list)
Their Debut single ‘Sparc’ launched the Futureshock & Junior label Fuju the genre defying track found It’s way into record boxes of DJ’s from across the scene and it was this and other mixes for labels that included Bedrock, Defected, Yoshtoshi, Azuli that helped them achieve the award for ‘Best Underground Act’ (Dancestar 2001)
Futureshock released the album ‘Phantom Theory’ (Parlophone/EMI) in 2003 receiving star reviews in the dance press and launched into a diary of live shows that included Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading Festival, Homelands and Creamfields in the UK. International appearances included Dance Valley (NL), Skol Beats (Brazil), Gatecrasher (Moscow) and Zoukfest (Malaysia). They also supported Underworld on live shows across the UK and on shows in Asia, a highlight being electraglide in Tokyo.