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Phat Phillie

Promoter & DJ,
Fresh Island Festival
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
@phatphillie
When it comes Croatian hip-hop, there’s only one name and one crew you need to remember…

Phat Phillie (Blackout/Fresh Island crew) is a resident DJ (and promoter) of some of Zagreb’s coolest weekly & monthly events. Held at the city’s urban nightspots such as Pepermint,Tvornica,Aquarius, Super Super these events hosted sold-out shows by artists such as Redman & Method Man, GZA, 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 '93, 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 location 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, Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, 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) 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, 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 as well as booking shows for people like Naughty By Nature, Masta Ace, Ice Cube, De La Soul, DJ Premier...

Phillie was one of the judges of the European Heineken DJ Thirst competition and started an online Blackout TV Channel (www.youtube.com/BlackoutTV1) & a specialized hip-hop blog www.blackouthiphop.com . He is a part of the international crew of DJ’s called “The Bumsquad” and was publishing a hip-hop magazine of the same name.

Most recently, Phillie started playing a role of an executive producer of a second installment of the classic "Heavy Rhyme Experience" album for a UK acid-jazz band The Brand New Heavies as well as a debut album "The Makings" for a Croatian producer Koolade. He also formed a soundsystem called Likwit Bumz with MC J-RO from a hip-hop group THA ALKAHOLIKS. The guys have been rocking clubs and festivals all over Europe (Chemnitz, Rome, Luzern, Frauenfeld Open Air, Hamburg, Frankfurt (Cocoon), Sofia...). Phillie's latest en devour is Croatia's only Hip - Hop festival "Fresh Island" held at the (in)famous Zrce beach on the Island Of Pag. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Mobb Deep, KRS-One, Iggy Azalea, Nas, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Action Bronson performed there in the last 4 years. More info at fresh-island.org

He remains committed to raising the profile of his team of producers and to securing Croatian hip-hop’s rightful place at the forefront of the global hip-hop evolution.

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