Carl Craig


Born: 22 May 1969 in Detroit, USA.

Carl Craig was a key player in Detroit techno's second wave, following the futuristic lead of originators [a=Derrick May], [a=Kevin Saunderson], and [a=Juan Atkins], and eventually collaborating with May. He began recording at the turn of the 1990's, using a number of aliases to release innovative ambient, techno, breakbeat and future jazz sounds.

One such alias, [a=Innerzone Orchestra], issued "[r=37872]" in 1992, the track largely responsible for moving drum 'n' bass away from the sounds of hardcore and ragga. He later reconvened Innerzone Orchestra as a jazz/techno combo, recruiting jazz composer/keyboardist [a=Craig Taborn], former [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Sun+Ra]Sun Ra Arkestra[/url] member [a=Francisco Mora Catlett], and [a=Matthew Chicoine] to help him record 1999's album "[r=43817]".

Matt Chicoine, under alias [a=Recloose], later signed for Craig's own label [url=http://www.discogs.com/label/Planet+E]Planet E Communications[/url], a peerless dance label employing the same eclectic and futuristic ethos that informs his own music.

With releases under many aliases, including [a=BFC], [a=Psyche], [a=Paperclip People], [a=69], [a=Designer Music] and [a=Innerzone Orchestra]; Carl Craig has more musical personalities than the average electronic artist. As much as his different guises can confuse though, his music is always easily recognized because whatever he does, it retains that certain Craig-ness of sound. A deep commitment to soul mixed with jazz, often including but not exclusively so, a detroit techno sound, has always been the watermark of his music.

Even when Craig is destroying dance floors with such songs as the classic track "[r=161616]" (or one of the very many versions of it!) there is always a subtleness and attention to detail that separates his music from that of the typical dance music producer.

His cousin is [a=Doug Craig].