Derrick Carter (born October 21, 1969) is an American house producer and DJ from Chicago, Illinois. He is regarded as one of the best underground house key players currently active and is popular in Europe.
Carter was born in Compton, California and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. After practising his DJ skills for a number of years as a teenager in his bedroom (bedroom jock), he then made the definitive step into the Chicago house scene.
In 1988, he released an EP with Mark Farina and Chris Nazuka as the group Symbols & Instruments. While the record wasn't a huge commercial success, it did have a strong influence on the burgeoning ambient techno movement in England. This established Derrick as an international figure in the underground house scene.
Carter rarely gives extensive interviews and has kept a low profile since his rise to fame. He famously ran a record label named Classic Recordings that (as planned ten years before) ceased to exist after its hundredth release. The 12"es start at CMC100 and run backwards, the LP's & CD's start at CMC100 and run forwards. Above all, Derrick is still respected by some as one of the best house music DJs in the world. His dj-sets are firmly rooted in black music of the 1970s, frequently giving nods to old school disco, soul and jazz.
As a remixer, he has worked for a diverse range of artists includingThe Beloved, The Human League, Ricky Martin, Boris Dlugosch, Modjo, DJ Sneak and Röyksopp. After a brief hiatus, he has recently returned to production, remixing artists like Rosie Brown and Truman Industries.
Carter was recently named #66 in the 100 Most Famous Chicagoans according to a survey (relying mostly on Google hits) by the free weekly newspaper, New City (11/2006), finishing just between syndicated radio show host Tom Joyner(#65) and Chicago Cubs player, Carlos Zambrano(#67). Other house music artists making the cut included Felix da Housecat (#21) and Frankie Knuckles(#48).
- 1996 The Future Sound of Chicago, Vol. 2
- 1996 The Many Shades of Cajual
- 1997 Derrick Carter - The Cosmic Disco
- 1998 Pagan Offering
- 2001 Derrick L. Carter presents: About Now...
- 2002 Squaredancing in a Roundhouse
- 2003 Azuli presents Derrick Carter - Choice - A Collection of Classics
- 2004 Derrick Carter & Mark Farina - Live at OM
- 2005 Sessions - Mixed by Derrick Carter
- 2010 Fabric 56: Derrick Carter
- 2012 Derrick Carter - House Masters
- "OM Records | Artists" (page on Derrick Carter), webpage: OM-records-d-carter.
- "DERRICK CARTER is the Greatest DJ Of All Time... by RAF RUNDELL of TWO BEARS", video: .
- Derrick Carter discography at Discogs
- Derrick Carter mixtapes
- Early 90's Derrick Carter Mixtapes
- Promo video for fabric 56: Derrick Carter