Find Your True North

Phil Smart


Phil has played music for people in clubs, bars, warehouses, fields, forests, deserts, basements, car parks, bunkers and now yoga studios around the world for more than twenty five years. He’s renowned for playing fresh sounds and forward thinking electronic music, and was voted Australian DJ Of The Year at the National Dance Music Awards in 2000 as well as Twice voted into DJ Magazine’s prestigious list of the worlds Top 100 DJs.

Played at the premier events around Australia including Subsonic, S.A.S.H, Spice, Picnic, Love, Sabotage, Tweekin, Mad Racket, Chinese Laundry, Honkytonks and Revolver, and festivals such as Lost Paradise, Burning Seed, Big Day Out, Good Vibrations, Field Day, Falls Festival, Global Carnival, Splendour In The Grass and Wanderlust.

Held an infamous long-standing residency at Tweekin, the Sydney clubbing institution described by DJ Magazine in the UK as “coming under the very short list of proper clubs around the world”. International DJ experience includes Funky Teknotribe, Spundaes, Basics, Sunset and Green Gorilla [SF], PS1 [NY], Shambhala [BC], Black Rock City [NV], Bedrock and Club UK [London], and E-Werk [Berlin]. As an indication of musical versatility, Phil has been chosen to play alongside visiting DJs as diverse as Michael Mayer, Steve Bug, M.A.N.D.Y., James Holden, John Tejada, Adam Freeland, Sven Vath, Derrick Carter, Sasha, John Digweed and Jose Padilla.

Promoter or co-promoter of some of Sydney’s most legendary parties and club nights, including Sabotage, The Project, NY2K, Jus Right and Organic. Co-founder of record labels Think and Thunk, which was responsible for early releases by Infusion and Pocket. Active member of the Junkbeats collective from Byron Bay in the early 2000s. Released original material and remixes under various guises, including Headland, Earthlink, Altitude and Sprocket, and in collaboration with Francis Xavier, Dave Basek, Jimi Polar and Jon Williams on labels like Motorik, Junkbeats and Future Classic.

Now resides in Newcastle, running a monthly club night there called ColourSound, and playing select gigs in Sydney and beyond. Latest EP ‘Way Down (Underground)’ with Francis Xavier out now on Motorik.