Carl Craig (born May 22, 1969) is an American electronic music
producer, considered to be one of the most important names in the
Detroit second generation of techno musicians. According to an article
about Craig, "Of this group, Craig was often recognised as being the
most artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape
of techno outside Detroit." Craig has approached techno using
inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and
1 Early years
3.2 Selected singles and EPs
3.3 DJ-mixes and compilations
5 External links
Carl Craig was born in Detroit. He attended Detroit's Cooley High
School, where he developed an interest in music. He learned to play
guitar and later became interested in club music through a cousin who
worked lighting for
Detroit area parties. After hearing Derrick May's
radio show on WJLB, Craig began experimenting with recording on a
dual-deck cassette player. He later talked his parents into buying him
a synthesizer and sequencer. While taking an electronics course, Craig
met someone who knew May and passed along a tape of some of his home
studio productions. May was impressed, and in 1989 this resulted in
Craig's first professional recording, "Neurotic Behavior."
Since 1989, Craig has released many albums under a large number of
aliases, including BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People, 69, Designer Music
and Innerzone Orchestra. He also had a hugely successful collaboration
album with NYDJ Patrick Picasso. Using one alias, Innerzone Orchestra,
in 1992 he released perhaps his best-known track, "Bug in The
Bassbin", a track that many regard as being a key influence in the
then evolving sound of drum and bass.
Craig has also created his own record label called Planet E
Communications, which apart from his own work, has released records by
well known techno and house artists like Kevin Saunderson, Alton
Miller and Moodymann.
Craig served as co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit
Music Festival in 2000 and 2001. His subsequent dismissal
by festival organizers caused substantial controversy within the
Detroit techno community, igniting a high-profile campaign in his
favor. In 2001, Craig filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against
festival producer Pop Culture Media. Craig returned as artistic
director for the 2010 festival, teaming up with producer Paxahau.
Craig continues to be heavily involved with the festival in recent
Regarding the many positions he has held in the music industry
(artist, producer, DJ, label boss, and more), Craig has said: "I have
a bad habit of getting my hands dirty in every little thing, and I
really do enjoy it."
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Carl Craig: Landcruising, 1995
69: The Sound of Music, 1995
Paperclip People: The Secret Tapes of Doctor Eich, 1996
Carl Craig: More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art, 1997. Compare
with Talking Heads' 1978 album More Songs About Buildings and Food
Innerzone Orchestra: Programmed, 1999
Carl Craig: The Album Formerly Known As…, 2005
Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald: ReComposed, 2008
Carl Craig: Versus, 2017
Selected singles and EPs
"No More Words" (12"), 1991
Jazz Funk Greats (12" ep), 1991
Paperclip People: "Throw" (12"), 1994
"Science Fiction" (12"), 1995
Paperclip People: "The Climax" (12"), 1995
Paperclip People: "Floor" (12"), 1996
"A Wonderful Life" (12"), 2002
Just Another Day (12" ep), 2004
"Sparkle / Home Entertainment" (12"), 2005
"Darkness / Angel" (12"), 2006
Paris Live (12"), 2007
DJ-mixes and compilations
Psyche/BFC: Elements 1989-1990, 1996 A compilation of early tracks,
recorded by Craig under the monikers of "Psyche" & "BFC"
DJ-Kicks: Carl Craig, 1996
House Party 013: A Planet E Mix, 1999
Music Volume One, 2000. A compilation of remixes
Abstract Funk Theory, 2001
The Workout, 2002
Fabric 25, 2005
From the Vault: Planet E Classics Collection Vol. 1, 2006
Sessions, 2008 
BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, 2011
He also participated in the collaborations The
Sun Ra Dedication: The Myth Lives on (2003)
^ Bush, John. "
Carl Craig Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 November
^ Amanda Nowinski, "Free
Jazz Meets Techno in the Innerzone"
Billboard, July 17, 1999, p. 29.
^ "In gratitude Culture
Detroit Metro Times". Metrotimes.com.
^ Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, "
Carl Craig Fires Back At Festival
Organizers Who Fired Him" Archived March 23, 2007, at the Wayback
VH1 News. Accessed November 14, 2006.
Carl Craig - Interview". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved
Carl Craig Sessions. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
Interview with DJ Times, 1999.
Carl Craig RBMA lecture
Beat Factor interview
AV Club interview
Resident Advisor interview
Little White Earbuds interview
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