Phonetix (pronounced “foh-net-ix”) is Rob Thomas – a gold-certified (BPI), award-winning electronic artist, multi-instrumentalist, mix engineer and producer from London. Having initially found success during UK Garage’s forgotten years, Rob spent years compiling a versatile discography which encompassed a variety of genres under numerous pseudonyms – featuring on and remixing releases for the likes of Sony BMG, Ministry Of Sound, Spinnin Records, Demon Music Group & more.
In the latter part of 2019, he released multi-genre album 27 Months – which received support from the likes of Roni Size, DJ EZ, the Wideboys, DJ Q, Dexta (Hospital Records) and Kissy Sell Out. The standout single from the release was Blue Step: an experimental fusion of traditional Jazz & 2 Step sounds.
Since then, Rob has worked to establish this niche & has created a trademark vibe - for which he has come to be affectionately known amongst supporters as Mr Jazz Step. His sound has been referred to by some as “grown up Garage”, & is showcased on his third studio album, Jazz Step FM – a recording which has drawn comparisons to the likes of MJ Cole & Mondo Grosso.
Outside of the music for which he's more commonly known, Rob is also CEO & Executive Producer of leading beat-leasing team Beatshotters®, whose instrumental pieces form the basis for numerous notable acts & have also been used in advertising.