Rave Tapes | #07 – Carl Craig
In addition to regular mixes recorded at Celtronic Studios, we will also occasionally upload some special mixes from the Celtronic festival archives. The first in the Celtronic Rave Tapes Classics comes from dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig, recorded live at Celtronic 2011 at The Nerve Centre, Derry.
Carl Craig has few equals in terms of the artistry, influence, and diversity of his recordings. 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.
Craig has released a diverse range of experimental and groundbreaking music under a plethora of aliases including 69, BFC, C2, Innerzone Orchestra (‘Bug in the Bassbin’ was credited as the spark that inspired the evolution of drum’n’bass), No Boundaries, Psyche, Paperclip People, Tres Demented, Urban Tribe and many more.
His remixes discography boasts some of the most desirable names in music – LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Junior Boys (nominated for a Grammy Award), Gavin Russom & Delia Gonzalez, Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Can, Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, Tom Trago, Slam, Caribou, Tiga, Unkle, Life & Death, tINI, Yello and more.
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.