Phil Dockerty began DJing in the 1980’s inspired by New York radio mixers like the latin Rascals, Shep Petibone and Tony Humphries he taught himself to edit creative DJ mixes using Reel to Reel tape. Before long he was creating mix shows for radio and contributing to the DMC series of mix albums (the original publishers of Mixmag). He’s probably best known for his work as part of Futureshock, the electronic duo he formed with Alex Tepper at the end of the 90’s.
The duo met when Tepper signed to his Urban Hero label in the mid 1990s, around the same time Dockerty was starting up another significant partnership launching the “What U Like” club nights with Pete Gooding.
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.
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).
Having remained friends for many years, Dockerty and Gooding came together again to start the Secret Life Music blog in 2013 (with mutual friend Murray Mckee) Originally started as a “labour of love” blog site it’s since evolved into a record label, DJ representation and events programming business. Recent gigs have included a residency at Ibiza Rocks (Pikes Hotel) at DJ Harvey Mercury Rising, La Torre Ibiza and the Secret Life curated Kaleidoscope stage at Bestival.
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