Beginning with the alias P. Rogers at the age of 19, his music was released on Adelaide label Bark Bang as the first of three vinyl pressings. This was, in part, collabatory release with Sidwho (of The Swiss fame) and also featured solo work by Phil. Working with the producers involved with Bark Bang gave Phil invaluable insights into producing music at his young age.
This education continued with long stints of studio work with The Carter Bros and Sidwho on projects such as remixes of bands (including Wolf & Cub, The Swiss, LadyStrangelove) and a two month recording and post production project. The knowledge gained was put to good use in 2008 when Phil collaborated with longtime friend Ben Smith. Under the guise Flowerpot, the duo entered a Remix competition for German minimal label Rrygular, a sub label of the long running Mo's Ferry. The pair won the comp and their remix of Marek bois (aka Dapayk) was released on vinyl soon after.
All of this interest in electronic music and production stemmed from an early intoduction into night club life. At the age of 17 he was working at the infamous Sugar night club in Adelaide, a haven at the time for cool underground music, where artists like the Australian legend HMC could be found on a regular basis, as well as The Carter Bros, and Sidwho. This was enough inspiration for any impressionable young lad, and it wasn't long before hordes of records were being purchased and dj gigs were being sourced!
Listening to one of Phil's sets these days it's obvious where his first residency was; a small dark after hours night club called Mile High, where he played 4am-9am every Friday with MartinHo and Fission Theory. These late night/early morning sets were a massive influence on his djing as well as his production - sculpting a cavernous, deep, liquid feel about his music, and also a deep understanding of dance floor tracks, and how to move a crowd.
In early 2008 Phil along with his sister opened a night club in the heart of Adelaide's late night district called Cuckoo Bar. Adelaide's underground music scene had long since needed a hub for their lesser known artists to flourish and for the established creators and djs to spread their wings, Cuckoo was to be just that. With a strong focus on quality music, through a quality sound system, the club has established itself as one of the top places to hear all forms of underground electronic sounds. Artists such as Steve Bug, Robert Hood, Tokimonsta, Frivolous, Pepe Bradock, Glimpse, Recloose, Dapayk & Padberg, Tom Clark, Luca Bacchetti plus many more have all played at Cuckoo.
Cuckoo’s label, ‘Cuckoo Music’ was born out of the local network of producers and Dj’s involved with the club. Owner Phil Rogers teamed up with Adelaide legends, The Carter Bros, to launch the label, and drop the full length album ‘Metropolitain’ as the first release. So far another 3 have followed, including a full length album from Inkswel and two EPs. All are available online from JunoDownload.