Carl Craig (Detroit-based techno producer)

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Legal name: Carl Daniel Craig

Also performs as: 69 (Carl Craig), BFC (Carl Craig), C2 (alias for Carl Craig), Designer Music, FRS, Immortal Music, Paperclip People, Parametric (Carl Craig), Piece, Psyche (techno producer Carl Craig), Shop (Carl Craig), Tres Demented, Urban Culture


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. 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 soul.

Carl Craig has released many successful 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 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 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 years.

Part of what makes Craig's style so unique and separates him from much of the normal "Detroit Techno" sound, including current works, are his remixes of world beat and jazz songs. This has helped spark a new movement of electronic music.

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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Landcruising Carl Craig 1
1997 More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art Carl Craig 3
2005 The Album Formerly Known As... Carl Craig 1
2008 ReComposed Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald 4 1
2015 Unity Carl Craig & Green Velvet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 House Party 013: A Planet E Mix Carl Craig 1
2000 Designer Music V1 Carl Craig 2
2000 Designer Music: The Remixes, Volume 1 Carl Craig 1
2002 Carl Craig: The Workout Carl Craig 1
2005 Fabric 25: Carl Craig Carl Craig 2
2006 From the Vault: Planet E Classics Collection, Volume 1 Carl Craig 1
2008 Sessions Carl Craig 3
2013 Masterpiece: Created by Carl Craig Carl Craig 2

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 DJ-Kicks: Carl Craig Carl Craig 2
2006 The Kings of Techno Laurent Garnier & Carl Craig 1
2012 Mixmag Presents: Life On Planet E Carl Craig 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Science Fiction Carl Craig 1
2001 The Climax Carl Craig 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Paris Live Carl Craig 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 ReComposed - New Mixes By François Kevorkian & Moritz Von Oswald Carl Craig 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 No More Words EP Carl Craig 1
2002 A Wonderful Life / As Time Goes By Carl Craig 1
2004 Just Another Day Carl Craig 2
2008 ReComposed - New Mixes By Ricardo Villalobos & Carl Craig Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald 1
Undisputable / Melodica Carl Craig 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Darkness (Radioslave re-edit) Carl Craig 1
2005 Darkness / Angel Carl Craig 1
2009 Angel Remixes Carl Craig 3
2010 At Les (Christian Smith Remixes) Carl Craig 1
2011 Speechless (Remixes) Agoria feat. Carl Craig & La Scalars 1

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