Derrick Carter

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Derrick Carter
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Carter performing in 2012 at Spring Awakening
Background information
Born (1969-10-21) October 21, 1969 (age 50)
Compton, California, United States
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
Years active1988–present

Derrick Carter (born October 21, 1969) is an American DJ, record producer and musician from Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1][2] He is regarded as one of the best[3] underground house key players currently active and is popular in Europe.[4]


Carter was born in Compton, California, and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. After practicing his DJ skills for a number of years as a teenager in his bedroom, he then made the step into the Chicago house scene.

In 1988, he released an EP with Mark Farina and Chris Nazuka as the group Symbols & Instruments.[5] While the record was not a commercial success, it did have a strong influence on the burgeoning ambient techno movement in England. This established Carter as an international figure in the underground house scene.[4]

Later years[edit]

Carter rarely gives extensive interviews and has kept a low profile since his rise to fame. He ran a record label named Classic Recordings that (as planned ten years before) ceased to exist after its hundredth release. The 12 inches start at CMC100 and run backwards, the LPs & CDs start at CMC100 and run forwards. Carter's DJ sets are firmly rooted in black music of the 1970s, frequently giving nods to old school disco, soul and jazz.[citation needed]

As a remixer, he has worked for a diverse range of artists including The Beloved, The Human League, Ricky Martin, Boris Dlugosch, Modjo, DJ Sneak and Röyksopp. After a brief hiatus, he returned to production, remixing artists such as Rosie Brown and Truman Industries.

In 2006, Carter was named No. 53 in the 100 Most Famous Chicagoans according to a survey (relying mostly on Google hits) by the free weekly newspaper, Newcity.[6] Other house music artists making the cut included Felix da Housecat (No. 21) and Frankie Knuckles(No. 41).[6]



  • 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
  • 2003 Derrick L. Carter - Nearest Hits & Greatest Misses
  • 2004 Derrick Carter & Mark Farina - Live at OM
  • 2005 Sessions - Mixed by Derrick Carter
  • 2010 Fabric 56: Derrick Carter
  • 2012 Derrick Carter - House Masters


  1. ^ "Derrick Carter". Resident Advisor.
  2. ^ "Interview with house legend Derrick Carter". Fact. 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ DERRICK CARTER is the Greatest DJ Of All Time... by RAF RUNDELL of TWO BEARS, YouTube
  4. ^ a b "OM Records | Artists". March 30, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 79. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  6. ^ a b Hieggelke, Brian (November 2006). "Who are the 100 Most Famous Chicagoans?". Newcity.

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