Carl Craig

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Carl Craig
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Background information
Also known asBFC, Psyche, Paperclip People, 69, Designer Music, Innerzone Orchestra, No Boundaries
Born (1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 50)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresElectronica, Detroit techno, house, ambient techno, breakbeat
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ
Years active1989–present
LabelsPlanet E
WebsiteOfficial website

Carl Craig (born May 22, 1969) is an American electronic music producer, considered to be an important figure in the second wave of Detroit techno during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1][2] His work has been widely influential and would help spread the Detroit sound beyond the United States.[1] Craig has approached techno using inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, new wave, and soul, while his works have spanned ambient techno, breakbeat, house, and modular synthesizer-based stylings.[1]


Early years[edit]

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."[1]

Music career[edit]

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.[3]

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 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.[4] In 2001, Craig filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against festival producer Pop Culture Media.[5] 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.

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."[6]



  • 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.
  • 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[edit]

  • "No More Words" (12"), 1991
  • 69: 4 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[edit]

  • 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
  • Designer Music Volume One, 2000. A compilation of remixes
  • Abstract Funk Theory, 2001
  • Onsumothasheeat, 2001
  • The Workout, 2002
  • Fabric 25, 2005
  • From the Vault: Planet E Classics Collection Vol. 1, 2006
  • Sessions, 2008 [7]
  • BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, 2011

He also participated in the collaborations The Detroit Experiment (2003) and Sun Ra Dedication: The Myth Lives on (2003)


  1. ^ a b c d Bush, John. "Carl Craig Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Amanda Nowinski, "Free Jazz Meets Techno in the Innerzone" Billboard, July 17, 1999, p. 29.
  4. ^ "In gratitude | Culture | Detroit Metro Times". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  5. ^ Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, "Carl Craig Fires Back At Festival Organizers Who Fired Him" Archived March 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, VH1 News. Accessed November 14, 2006.
  6. ^ "Carl Craig - Interview". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  7. ^ "Microsite". Carl Craig Sessions. Retrieved 2017-07-11.

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