CARL CRAIG

SATURDAY - STARGATE STAGE


Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, a groundbreaking electronic music icon, an inspirational artist, 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. Carl Craig 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, Carls Davis and many more. He has also produced albums for the legendary Detroit Jazz collective Tribe, orchestrator / pianist Francesco Tristano and French producer Agoria and in 2013 he released a CD of music entitled 'Meditation', inspired by David Lynch's transcendental meditation techniques. In 2015 Carl Craig released a collaborative album with Green Velvet, entitled 'Unity', bringing together the sounds of Detroit and Chicago.

As well as an outlet for his own productions, Craig's Planet E imprint has given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists including Francesco Mora Catlett, Naomi Daniel, Flexitone, Jason Hogans, Kenny Larkin, Monty Luke, Moodymann, Mike Agent X, Oliverwho Factory, Niko Marks, Ezana Harris, Recloose, Terrence Parker, Reference, Kevin Saunderson, Big Tone, Tribe, Urban Tribe and Chaz Vincent.

Staying strong to his Detroit roots, Craig helped launch the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) in 2000 and remains a strong force at the festival today.

When Carl 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.