Since his first DJ slot at Delirium in 1991, Phil Asher has slowly built an extensive résumé as an international jock, producer, and integral figure in London's dance music community. In the late '90s and early 2000s, Asher was central in the evolution of broken beat, as a founder of West London's Co-Op club, and as a prolific artist with countless remixes and numerous recording projects under his belt.
Asher started his life in music in a rather unique fashion. As a youngster, he'd sneakily filch some of the records his father would bring home from a record store job and sell them to his schoolmates. Later on, he followed in his father's footsteps by working at record shops and developed his taste for several styles of music, encompassing jazz, funk, soul, disco, and house. He ventured into DJ'ing in the early '90s, became part of Slip 'n' Slide's extensive Jazz in the House compilation/mix series, and by the late '90s, he was into production work and even began hosting a radio program -- R Solution with Kirk DeGiorgio and 4hero's Dego and Mark Mac -- on London's Kiss FM.
The producer's role as a driving force behind broken beat hit full speed in the early 2000s. Not only was he a member of the duo Restless Soul, releasing 12" singles with Luke McCarthy and numerous outside collaborators, but he presented a full-length project called Focus for 2002's Sweet and Sour.