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This is the homepage of Phonetix. Phonetix is a UK-based artist & producer responsible for hundreds of releases over the last 15 years. He specialises in UK Garage, specifically his trademark niche “Jazz Step”. With this signature “Jazz Step” sound, Phonetix has drawn comparisons to legends like MJ Cole & Mondo Grosso.

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Also known as as Mr Jazz Step, Phonetix (pronounced “foh-net-ix”) is Rob Thomas – an Artist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Engineer, Producer, DJ, Podcaster & Label Executive from the UK.


Phonetix is a veteran of the game, having kick started his career all the way back in the early 2000s, boasting impressive early support from DJ EZ & many more. In 2021 he was on a serious grind, featuring as an original producer, remixer & collaborator on 50 tracks. This includes a fabulous label run with the likes of Garage Shared, Nuvolve, Strictly Flava, Strictly House & Garage, Downplay & more, alongside a full length album drop of ‘Jazz Step FM’ back in February… his catalogue is pretty exceptional, covering a range of different styles within the UKG spectrum with a serious level of consistency that very few others have been able to either match or beat.

~ taken from 3000 blog

Thomas has been praised for taking a refreshingly sophisticated & musical approach to contemporary stylings, with reference made to social media videos showing him performing a number of live instruments during the recording of his works.

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He was recently invited to perform in the BBC's Live Lounge alongside long-time collaborator Harsh: -

Outside of his production work Phonetix has also hosted the monthly Garage Essentials show; along with topical Garage & Bass podcast In The Garage (alongside Sub FM’s DJ BrainZ).


He has also written music which has been used everywhere - from programming on the Fox Network to advertisements for Serato.


Additionally, he runs successful UK Garage labels Riddler Records, Strictly Flava & Downplay; & is heavily involved in A&R and distribution for several more - including Nine2 Recordings & AI Records. Owing to this & his keen ear for detail, he is therefore responsible for mastering a significant percentage of current UK Garage releases.

Some of the stations & channels you may have heard broadcasting music recorded by Phonetix