Carl Craig

Carl Craig

Barrio Loco

Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.

“My livelihood is making music that I can perform, whether I’m doing orchestral production or modular strangeness or generating club music. I don’t restrict myself,” said Craig. “I defined myself by being who I am. The ultimate self respect is when you say you’re going to do something and you go and do it to the best of your ability.”

Craig released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin UK compilation album, two singles followed on labels run by his first collaborator, Derrick May. After a series of ambitious releases for his co-owned Retroactive imprint, in 1991 Craig launched his record label Planet E, with the groundbreaking EP “4 Jazz Funk Classics”, under his alias 69. Planet E turned 20 in 2011 and Craig celebrated the label’s history by taking Planet-E and its artists and collaborators on a world tour for the first time ever. As well as this, Planet E invited friends of the label – including Luciano, Kirk Degiorgio, Loco Dice and more - to pick their favorite Planet E track to remix and re-release. Reflecting a year that was packed with events and releases, Craig readily admits that when he started the label he was hoping “it would last forever.” He cites artistic freedom as the highlight of running the label and adds, “It was never a struggle for the label to be an outlet for my or other people's music. It was always a struggle to stay in business, actually a war to stay in business.” In 2012, Craig took his 69 alias on a live tour; ‘69 Live’, headlined festivals and clubs around the world, fusing masks, darkness and the music of 69. In the same year he was also voted in the top DJs that rule the Earth in Rolling Stone and appeared on the cover of the world’s biggest electronic music magazine, Mixmag. In 2013, he released a 3-CD album on Ministry of Sound, entitled ‘Masterpiece’. The album includes one disc of music Carl was inspired by, one disc of current selections and one special disk of new music, entitled ‘Meditation’, a modular jam of Moroderesque compositions, inspired by David Lynch’s meditation techniques (Lynch, a great advocator of Transcendental Meditation), and an electronic tribute to his beloved city of Detroit.

Looking back now to Craig's early releases from 1989-1992, one can see how much the wild variety found in his early music set the groundwork for his diverse career. He's fortunate to serve as an inspiration and influence to countless artists in the underground electronic music scene, as well as crossover acts like Underworld, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. His 1992 Innerzone Orchestra cut “Bug in the Bassbin” was credited as the spark that inspired the evolution of drum‘n’bass. In typical Craig fashion, “Bug...” continued to develop, morphing into a live jazz composition in 1996. In turn, those experiments laid the ground for Craig to incorporate Jazz elements onto his 1999 I.O. album “Programmed.” Then in the 00's Craig explored jazz further still as producer on the albums “The Detroit Experiment” and “Rebirth” (2009) for legendary Detroit Jazz collective, Tribe. This is but one example of Craig's continually evolving exploration of sound. Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording projects he has used throughout his career including 69, BFC, C2, Innerzone Orchestra, No Boundaries, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. This rotating cast of aliases has enabled him to continually explore new directions through a long succession of full length albums, mix CDs and singles including “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “The Secret Tapes of Dr Eich” (1996), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997), “Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004), “Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2005), “Paris Live” (2007), “Sessions” (2008), “Recomposed” (with Moritz Von Oswald) (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009), “Modular Pursuits” (2010) and “Last Decade” (2012).

Craig’s interest in collaboration continually grows. For ‘Versus’, one of his boldest endeavors to date, Craig combines techno and classical music, opening himself up to working in a new format by collaborating with orchestrator / pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor Francois Xavier Roth and Moritz Von Oswald. Inspired by well-received performances in large concerts halls in Paris, Milan and Germany, Craig started the process of developing the project into an album. He also performs as a Trio alongside Von Oswald and Tristano. His occasional appearances with the electronic collective jam band Narod Niki, alongside Villalobos, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Zip and others, have led to him appearing in part live / part DJ gigs with Luciano. Additionally he’s taken to occasionally bringing keyboardists like Mike Banks (UR), Amp Fiddler and Tristano into the DJ booth with him for special one-off gigs. These mixed performances add some variety in a non-stop DJ schedule that finds him spinning at top clubs worldwide. Craig acknowledges, “Touring has always been the most important aspect of the music industry for artists. There will always be that desire for human interaction.” Let’s also mention that he has recently performed live soundtracks to films, first in Amsterdam then in New York, where he improvised live to an Andy Warhol film at Unsound Festival. The fact is unpredictability is the only predictable thing about Craig and his music.

Outside of his Planet E recordings, Craig also continues to be one of the most sought-after remixers in the world. He has produced a seemingly never-ending list of remixes that now extends over 100 cuts, including mixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Junior Boys (Grammy Award nominated), Gavin Russom & Delia Gonzalez, Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Can, Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, Tom Trago, Slam, Caribou, Tiga, Unkle, Henrik Schwarz, Life & Death, tINI, Yello and others. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his mix of the Junior Boys “Like a Child.” “It’s been proven that the remix is a valid art form,” Craig said. “When I take on a project, the ultimate goal is that it becomes my record. In many cases I’m actually recomposing the track and the time that I spend reflects how personal it becomes.” Fortunately there is no shortage of artists looking for that Carl Craig touch, so rest assured you'll hear Craig reconfiguring many of your favorite artists for years to come.

In the same way that he likes to make tracks he's remixing his own, Craig’s commitment to his home in Detroit is also something very personal. After launching a festival to rival that of any in Europe with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 (now entitled Movement, which today he still has a strong role in). This commitment to Detroit music also extends to how his Planet E family of labels is run. Not only has it given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists including Francesco Mora Catlett, Naomi Daniel, Flexitone, Jason Hogans, Kenny Larkin, Monty Luke, Ezana Harris, Moodyman, Mike Agent X, Terrence Parker, Oliverwho Factory, Recloose, Reference, Kevin Saunderson, Big Tone, Tribe, Urban Tribe, and Chaz Vincent, it has also been serving as a distributor for Detroit imprints including Derrick May's Transmat and Stacey Pullen's Black Flag. “The reality of the business is that you have to change. That’s a very difficult process, especially as an independent. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to invest in what I do. It’s turning it around and putting it into the studio and the label for my music to develop. We’re fighters around here. We fight to find new ways of selling. We do manufacture vinyl and there are people who want it. We’re fighting to keep it alive. Fighting for music that we have a vision for,” Craig says about Detroit. “My commitment to the city is like a commitment to your family. I’ve been here all my life and I’ve seen great things happen elsewhere, why not be involved in making my home great?”

In 2014, Carl Craig began a new event concept ‘Detroit Love’, designed to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit and take a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over. “My love for Detroit is my inspiration, my inspiration is ‘Detroit Love”, says Craig. Detroit Love was launched at ADE 2014, in the underground recesses of Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz club. Craig invited Detroit natives Recloose, Moodymann - who played a set encompassing disco, soul, house and hip-hop, and Mad Mike Banks to play keys over Carl Craig’s Moog infused 4-cd-deck closing set, which included live editing, sampling, scratching and looping of soundscapes ranging from ambient textures to masterful techno. A Detroit focused line-up, showcasing only a few of the sublime talent that Detroit has to offer, the launch was a special and unforgettable night for those who attended. At year’s end Craig remixed Caribou’s ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ – which became an instant classic. “Carl Craig is a peerless remixer, I’ve dreamed of having him remix one of my tracks for ages. He was one of the first people to publicly mention how much he liked ‘Swim’ when it was released and we’ve been in touch since then. Before I’d gathered up the courage to ask him to remix a track on this album he got in touch and suggested it himself. The result is superlative and speaks for itself.” – said Dan Snaith. Pete Tong made ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ his first Essential New Tune of 2015, setting precedent for the year to come, with the remix gaining over 500,000 listens on soundcloud in only a few weeks.

When Craig explains his philosophy, his wry sense of humor seeps into his explanations of far-reaching concepts that merge worlds together. “I have a very special career. When I feel that I’m tired of going on the road I can go in the studio. When I’m tired of concentrating on the studio I can go on the road. I can work with concert pianists, jazz musicians or rock guys. Very few people have that range of interests. Very few people juggle a career that they choose specifically.” No one else can pull it all together quite like Carl Craig.

Artists

  1. 2 BAD MICE

  2. 47 Soul

  3. 6Foot7

  4. 7 Seconds Of Love

  5. AAA BADBOY VS DUB BOY (SOCA SET)

  6. AARDVARK

  7. Ace Ventura

  8. Agbeko

  9. Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band

  10. Agressor Bunx

  11. AJ Tracey

  12. Alabama 3

  13. Alfresco Disco

  14. Alice Francis

  15. ALIX PEREZ

  16. Almatic

  17. Alpha Portal

  18. Altern 8 LIVE

  19. Amy Becker

  20. ANJELO DISONS

  21. Aphrodite

  22. AQUASKY

  23. ARCON

  24. Aries

  25. Ariwo

  26. Arrested Development

  27. ASIAN HAWK

  28. Astrix

  29. Atterkop

  30. AUSTACTION

  31. Baby Queens

  32. Back to the Planet

  33. BAR STOOL PREACHERS

  34. BARBARIX

  35. Bare Knuckle Parade

  36. Beans On Toast

  37. BEARDY WEARDY

  38. Beating Heart

  39. BEN UFO

  40. Benjamin Zephaniah & the Revolutionary Minds

  41. Berg

  42. Big Swing Sound feat. Hypeman Sage

  43. Big Youth + U-Roy

  44. BILLAIN

  45. Binker & Moses

  46. BIRINIGHT

  47. Black Sun Empire

  48. Black Water County

  49. Blaggers ITA

  50. Blend Mishkin feat. Peppery

  51. BLOCK DODGER

  52. Bobbie Johnson

  53. BODDIKA

  54. BOOKA SHADE

  55. Boys Noize

  56. BRAINCELL

  57. BRAINIAC

  58. BREAK

  59. Brinsley Forde, Founder of Aswad

  60. BROKEN NOTE

  61. Brooksie

  62. C@ In The H@

  63. Captain Accident

  64. Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots

  65. Captain Hotknives

  66. Carl Craig

  67. CASPA

  68. Casual Nausea

  69. CATJAM

  70. CaveMouth

  71. Chainska Brassika

  72. CHALI 2NA and KRAFTY KUTS

  73. Champion

  74. Channel One

  75. Chavo

  76. CHEROKEE

  77. Cherry Bandora

  78. Chimpo B2B Sir Spyro B2B Spooky ft Killa P

  79. China Shop Bull

  80. CHRIS LIBERATOR

  81. Chris Liberator and Sterling Moss LIVE

  82. Chris Wood

  83. Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5

  84. Conners & The Con Men

  85. Coppa

  86. COUNTING COINS

  87. Crash Nomada

  88. Cut Capers

  89. Cypress Hill

  90. D-BRIDGE

  91. D-Dots

  92. Danny Wav

  93. Dat Brass

  94. Dave Clarke

  95. D.A.V.E the Drummer

  96. Dawn Penn

  97. Dazee

  98. DEAD PLAYERS

  99. DEADBEAT UK

  100. Deathmachine

  101. Deekline

  102. Delhi Sultanate

  103. Destructive Tendencies

  104. Dirty Diesel Outlaw Orchestra

  105. DISMANTLE

  106. Disorda

  107. DJ Billy Nasty

  108. DJ CARTIER

  109. DJ DAPPER DAN

  110. DJ DIE

  111. DJ Format

  112. DJ Kobayashi

  113. DJ Luck and MC Neat

  114. DJ POD

  115. DJ Storm

  116. DJ Vadim

  117. DJ ZYCO

  118. Dolphin

  119. Donae’o

  120. DONUT

  121. Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon

  122. Dry White Bones

  123. Dub FX

  124. Dub Phizix & Strategy

  125. DUB TREES (dj set)

  126. DUSKY

  127. Dutty Moonshine

  128. E-COLI

  129. Earl Gateshead

  130. Earthling

  131. Easy Stride Band

  132. EAT STATIC

  133. Ed Solo

  134. Ed West & Inja

  135. EEON

  136. Efa Supertramp

  137. El Gadzé

  138. Elder Island

  139. Electrikal Sound System

  140. Elijah & Skilliam

  141. Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band

  142. EMILY DUST

  143. Empatee Du Weiss

  144. Emperor

  145. Erik & The Worldly Savages

  146. ESCAPE

  147. Escape Roots and Tom Spirals

  148. Eskorzo

  149. EURYTHMY

  150. Eva Lazarus

  151. E.V.P

  152. Extra Medium

  153. F000l

  154. Fabio and Grooverider

  155. Faintest Idea

  156. Faith i Branko

  157. Fandjango

  158. Ferocious Dog

  159. FILTERHEADS

  160. First World Pros

  161. FISH

  162. FISH AND SHERRY S

  163. FLAVA D

  164. Floxytek

  165. Forbidden Society

  166. forest of fools

  167. Fourward

  168. Fox (Swing Tings Takeover)

  169. Frank Turner

  170. Freestylers

  171. Friction

  172. Fungus Funk

  173. Future Frequency

  174. Galak Spiritual

  175. GANCHER AND RUIN

  176. GARDNA

  177. Gaudi

  178. Gentleman's Dub Club

  179. GEO

  180. Gilles Peterson (DJ Set) + Earl Zinger

  181. Ginkgoa

  182. GoGo Penguin

  183. GOLD DUBS

  184. Gypsy Hill

  185. Gypsy Unit

  186. Hallouminati

  187. Heartless Crew

  188. Hedge Gods

  189. Hellfish

  190. Hepcat

  191. Heymoonshaker

  192. Hiphoppapotamus

  193. Hodmadoddery

  194. Hoffmaestro

  195. Holly Holden y Su Banda

  196. Holy Goof

  197. Holy Moly & The Crackers

  198. Hoopy Frood

  199. HORSE MEAT DISCO

  200. HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR

  201. Hujaboy

  202. HYBRID THEORY

  203. Hylu feat. Zico, A.P Grimshaw & Kosher (Unit 137)

  204. HYPNOCOUSTICS

  205. IAMDBB

  206. Iba Mahr & Harar Band

  207. Icicle

  208. IKZIO

  209. Imperial Leisure

  210. Imprints

  211. Indian Man

  212. INNER TERRESTRIALS

  213. Jade

  214. Jago

  215. Jah Scoop

  216. Jah9 & The Dub Treatment

  217. Jake and the Jellyfish

  218. Jake Martin

  219. James Ray & The Black Hearted Riders

  220. Jamie Berry

  221. JAMIE RODIGAN

  222. Jaye and Foe

  223. Jesse Royal

  224. JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND

  225. JOURNEY

  226. JOY ORBISON

  227. JUMPING JACK FROST

  228. Jungle Brown

  229. Junior Bill

  230. Junior Jungle + Breakdancing Gorillas

  231. Juno Reactor

  232. Jus Now

  233. Just Say Nay

  234. Kaligola Disco Bazar

  235. Kelvin 373

  236. KENTA HAYASHI a.k.a Loop Pedal Ninja

  237. Kid Carpet

  238. Kíla

  239. killbox

  240. K.I.M

  241. KING PRAWN

  242. King Sub

  243. KINGS OF THE ROLLERS

  244. Kioko

  245. Kirsty Lee James

  246. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

  247. KOKO

  248. Kool Tur

  249. KOXBOX

  250. Kumbia Queers

  251. L 33

  252. La Inedita

  253. L.A. Salami

  254. Lakuta

  255. Last Edition

  256. Layfullstop

  257. Lazy Habits

  258. Lead Shot Hazard

  259. Legendary Shack Shakers

  260. LEMON TREE

  261. Leo Samson

  262. Liam Bailey

  263. LIMEWAX

  264. LION UNIT (Lionpulse + Unit 137)

  265. Lionpulse

  266. LMZG (Lamuzgueule)

  267. Lo-Fi Funky Space Quest

  268. Los Albertos

  269. Los Dueños

  270. Los Fastidios

  271. Loyle Carner

  272. Lucas

  273. Lutan Fyah

  274. Mad Apple Circus

  275. Mad Dog Mcrea

  276. MAGIK

  277. Maid of Ace

  278. Mama Jerk and the Ladyfingers

  279. MANDIDEXTROUS

  280. MANTISMASH

  281. MARA LEFAY

  282. Mark EG

  283. Maroon Town

  284. MATERIA

  285. Matilda's Scoundrels

  286. MATT ACIDIC

  287. MATT JAM LAMONT

  288. MATT:SCRATCH

  289. MATTYCORE

  290. MATYCORE

  291. Mbongwana Star

  292. MEFJUS

  293. M.I.A.

  294. Mick O'Toole

  295. Mike Love

  296. MINDFOLD

  297. Mista Trick

  298. MONKI

  299. MOULDY SOUL

  300. Mr Scruff

  301. Mr Tea & The Minions

  302. Mr Vegas

  303. MURDER HE WROTE

  304. MY BAD SISTER

  305. My Nu Leng & Dread MC

  306. Nanoplex

  307. Nattali Rize

  308. Natty Bo & The Top Cats

  309. NATZAN

  310. Navigator

  311. Nérija

  312. NEUTRON

  313. New Daze

  314. New Town Kings

  315. Newton Faulkner

  316. Nick Hollywood

  317. NICKY BLACKMARKET

  318. NIMBUS

  319. NIMI

  320. Noble Jacks

  321. Nomade Orquestra

  322. OCCULAR

  323. Ocean Wisdom

  324. OPTIV & BTK

  325. OTT

  326. OZRICS LIVE PA

  327. Paradox

  328. Pareidolia

  329. PARLY B

  330. Petrol Girls

  331. Phace

  332. Phat Sam

  333. Phosphenes

  334. PIEMAN

  335. PITCH BLACK

  336. Pizzatramp

  337. PLASMOTEK

  338. Poor Old Dogs

  339. POPES OF CHILLITOWN

  340. Portico Quartet

  341. PRO-GRAM

  342. Protoje

  343. PSYCHOSONIC

  344. QUANTA

  345. R-ZAC

  346. RACHEL EC

  347. Rafinha

  348. Raging Fyah

  349. RAMA

  350. Randall

  351. Ras Kwame

  352. RAY KEITH

  353. Real Roots & Ramon Judah

  354. REALITY GRID

  355. Redlight

  356. Reel Big Fish

  357. Reno Divorce

  358. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

  359. River Roots

  360. Rockwell

  361. RONIN

  362. ROSKA

  363. Runkus & The Old Skool Band

  364. Rusty Shackles

  365. Sam & The Womp

  366. Sasha Steppa

  367. Schlachthofbronx

  368. Sea Bass Kid

  369. Selby & the Dharma Blitz

  370. Shanty

  371. Sheelanagig

  372. Shootin the Crow

  373. Shumba Youth

  374. Shy FX

  375. SI MCLEAN

  376. SILAS NEPTUNE

  377. Sinai Sound

  378. SINAI SOUND SYSTEM

  379. SK Shlomo

  380. SKA’N’SKA

  381. Skata Tones

  382. SKEPSIS

  383. SKEPTICAL

  384. Skindred

  385. Skitz

  386. SLACKBABA

  387. Slightly Stoopid

  388. SLIPMATT

  389. Smerins Anti Social Club

  390. Smith & The Honey Badgers

  391. Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro

  392. Solana

  393. solardo

  394. Solid Gone

  395. Solo Banton & Horseman with The Upper Cut Band

  396. Solomento

  397. SONIC SPECIES

  398. SONIC WAVE CONTROL

  399. Sonido Vegetal

  400. Sons Of Kemet

  401. Soom T

  402. Sounds Of Harlowe

  403. Soweto Kinch

  404. SP23 SUNDAY Takeover

  405. Spectrasoul

  406. SPINDRIFT

  407. S.P.Y.

  408. SQUAT DOM

  409. Stagga & Magugu

  410. STAR.ONE

  411. Steamchicken

  412. STERLING MOSS

  413. Stick Figure

  414. Stillhouse

  415. Strait-Jackit

  416. SUBHUMANS

  417. Sublime With Rome

  418. Sugar Hill Gang with Grandmaster Mele Mel and Scorpio's Furious 5

  419. Suns Of Dub

  420. Surfin Birds

  421. SUTEKH

  422. Swindle

  423. Swing Patrol - Dance Classes

  424. Swing Ting Label Showcase

  425. T-MENACE

  426. Tapioka

  427. Technimatic

  428. The Allergies

  429. The Balkan Wanderers

  430. The Bonner Brothers

  431. The Boot Hill All Stars

  432. The Breath

  433. The Brewer's Daughter

  434. The Comet Is Coming

  435. The C**ty Bumpkins

  436. The Din

  437. The Discount Orchestra

  438. The DJ Producer LIVE

  439. The Downsetters

  440. The Dreadnoughts

  441. The Dualers

  442. The Eskies

  443. The Filaments

  444. The Folkestra

  445. The Furrow Collective

  446. The Generators

  447. The Heatwave

  448. The Hempolics (PA Set)

  449. The Inexplicables

  450. The Infinite Collective

  451. The JB Conspiracy

  452. The King Solomon Band

  453. The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra

  454. The Nanofish Dippers

  455. The Original Blues Brothers Band

  456. THE PLANET SMASHERS

  457. The Prototypes

  458. The Showhawk Duo

  459. THE SICKEST SQUAD

  460. The Ska Vengers

  461. The Specials

  462. The Speed Freak

  463. The Stiff Joints

  464. The Tribe

  465. The Ufoslavians

  466. The Whiskey Rebellion

  467. THE WIPEOUTS

  468. The Wooden Men

  469. The Wurzels

  470. They Say Jump

  471. Thrasher

  472. TIAGO TECHNOHEAD

  473. Toddla T

  474. Toots & the Maytals

  475. Town Of Cats

  476. TQD

  477. Trashtucada

  478. Tree House Fire

  479. TUN UP!

  480. Turner Brothers

  481. UKAUKA

  482. Uncle Dugs

  483. Unknown Era

  484. Upbeat Sneakers

  485. Urban Lions

  486. Utah Saints

  487. VANDAL

  488. Vibe Tribe

  489. VINYL JUNKIE

  490. VOLATILE CYCLE

  491. Wax Tailor

  492. WICKI

  493. Will Wood

  494. Wired

  495. WOLF TECH

  496. WONK UNIT

  497. Xtrah

  498. YUSUFLA

  499. ZEN DUB

  500. Ziggy Marley