Since the 1990s, Phat Phil Cooper has been on a journey through DJ culture and electronic music with more twists and turns than your average million-selling novel. Through his work as a DJ, label manager, curator, record shop owner, event organiser and music consultant, Cooper has remained a central figure in a story that has yet to reach a conclusion.
Musically, Cooper has long been celebrated for his diverse approach to music. While naturally at home championing seductive, sun-kissed sounds, Cooper’s roots can be traced back to the dancefloors of legendary Liverpool club Cream, where during the 1990s and early 2000s he was a key resident DJ. Three decades on, Cooper’s club-moving skills remain as sharp as ever, leading some to compare him favourably to Mr Scruff, Harvey and Gilles Peterson.
Away from the dancefloor, Cooper has spent much of the last three decades assisting like-minded artists, working as a music and events consultant, and running or working for record labels including Northern Records, Sick Trumpet, KAT and the African Music Corporation. Today’s he’s best known for steering Through God’s Own Eyes and NuNorthern Soul, an imprint that has recently put out fine fare by Ilija Rudman, Jose Manuel, Blair French and Private Agenda.
Now residing in Ibiza with regular sunset sessions at La Torre, Phat Phil Cooper remains one of electronic music’s unsung heroes. Of course, he’d never think of himself that way: in his eyes, he’s just someone who lives and breathes music, showcases sounds he loves and promotes artists who inspire him.