Carl Craig

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Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music, and is considered to be one of the most important names, in the Detroit second generation of techno producers and DJs. Carl Craig has approached techno using inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz and soul.

Carl Craig has released many successful albums under a large number of aliases, such as BFC, Psyche, Paper Clip People, 69, Designer Music and Innerzone Orchestra. Using one alias, Innerzone Orchestra, he released his perhaps most well known track "Bug in a Bassbin" in 1992, a track largely responsible for moving drum and bass away from the sounds of hardcore and ragga.

Carl Craig has also created his own record label called "Planet e", 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 artistic director for the widely successful Detroit Electronic 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 2003, Craig won a partial victory in a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against festival producer Pop Culture Media.

Discography

  • Landcruising, 1995
  • DJ Kicks, 1996
  • More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art, 1997
  • House Party 013: A Planet E Mix, 1999
  • Abstract Funk Theory, 2001
  • Onsumothasheeat, 2001
  • The Workout, 2002

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