Hi there disco boys and girls-
There are times when a great night out becomes unforgetable thanks to the talents of a DJ connected with his community. I was lucky enough to have one of those nights thanks to the talents of DJ Phillip Kimball.
A couple years ago while on a trip to New York, after an already exciting night in the Village, my partner and I happened upon the historic Stonewall Inn. As we walked in, the historic place came alive with a beautiful set of music being spun by Phillip.
Surrounded by a large group of enthusiastic flaggers, (always a good sign), Phillip brought the dancefloor to life. His music was eclectic, unconventional, and yet beautiful and uplifting - a perfect set of music to celebrate the historic and important place we were lucky enough to find. In just a few hours, Phillip spun classic disco tracks, soulful house, ethereal trance and techno together seamlessly to create an beautiful experience. It felt like magic.
Phillip has had a long career in the gay dance scene crafting his skills. He began his journey as a DJ in 1990 in Honolulu at Fusion Waikiki. After only three months of training, he was thrust into the spotlight when one of the resident DJs departed for greener pastures. With his skills and talent blossoming and his reputation growing, Phillip was urged by his friends to take a leap of faith. So in the fall 1991, Phillip leapt from the isle of Oahu to the isle of Manhattan.
In 1992, Phillip began his long association with the Saint-at-Large. Working with the original management of the Saint & being part of the this organization allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of the musical journey and the story telling involved, all created by the incredibly talented DJs the Saint-at-Large hired.
Phillip’s first public performance was at the New York Lesbian Gay Bi & Transgender Community Center’s “Dance 208” in 1996. These bi-monthly dances are a wonderful local tradition which gives up and coming DJ talent the opportunity to shine.1997 and 1998 found Phillip spinning frequently at lounges, bars & other events throughout New York. A chance meeting with DJ Andy Fuentes in 1999 led to two years at Cherry Grove’s legendary Ice Palace. Andy Fuentes was also instrumental in granting Phillip’s wish to play in the Pines on Fire Island. His guest spot at the Island Club aka “Sip ‘n’ Twirl” was so well received that management gave him the coveted weekend slots the entire 2001 season. Coming back for the summers of 2002, 2003 & 2004 seasons Phillip continuously kept the Island Club full of happy and joyous revelers.
Phillip’s talents have benefited the American Foundation for AIDS Research by DJ-ing for the “TRIBE” parties in 2000, 2001 & 2002. He was also honored to have been selected as the DJ for Heritage of Pride’s Official After-Parties in June of 2003 and 2006. From there he went on to be selected as an opening DJ for the Dance on the Pier 23 which was also the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
2010 was one of Phillip’s busiest years with numerous Sassy Bitch Productions (SPB) events and his exciting return to Fire Island. After two years each as House DJ at The Ice Palace and Sip-N-Twirl, DJPK took a hiatus from Fire Island. DJPK’s return was “record breaking” as he was the first DJ ever to play Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove throughout the same season. In the Pines at the Blue Whale, DJPK spun several knock-out sets for Low Tea and also kept them on the dance floor til 4AM at Sip ‘n’ Twirl. In the Grove, Cherry’s came alive in a whole new way prompting a club manager to say, “The music was so good, I thought it was a CD!”
DJPK’s unique ability to be in tune with what’s happening on the dance floor, and the energy being exchanged between the dancers and him, is what sets him apart from many others. This has always allowed him to play the type of set that is right in the moment, and for the moment.
I believe Phillip has a special gift to spin music that connects our community and history, and that makes his music so much deeper. I was very lucky to experience a night of Phillip's music. I look forward to many more. Phillip, much respect, and thank you for giving me a truly incredible night. You can find out more about DJ Phillip Kimball at his website, his Facebook page, and can hear his music at his Podomatic page.
With much respect,
DJ Craig Gaibler