Ian Carey

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Ian Carey
Birth nameIan Harshman
Also known asIan "45" Carey, Illicit Funk, The Ian Carey Project
Born (1975-09-13) September 13, 1975 (age 45)[1]
OriginHancock, Maryland, USA
GenresHouse, electro
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, musician, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, keyboards, drums, guitar
Years active1993–present
LabelsElan, GFAB, Vicious
Associated actsSnoop Dogg, Taio Cruz, Afrojack, Tinchy Stryder

Ian Harshman (born September 13, 1975), better known by his stage name Ian Carey, is an American house DJ, musician, and record producer based in Miami, United States.


Carey grew up in Hancock, Maryland, graduating from Hancock Middle-Senior High School in 1993.[2][3] His father was a live sound engineer and ran a sound reinforcement company and had engineered for such groups as Kool & The Gang and The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Carey became involved with dance music while in college. He had already experimented with the graffiti-writing scene in Baltimore, MD, where he met a number of hip-hop DJs, which led to him becoming involved in DJing. He was also introduced to house music while working at a record store. The success of Carey's first self-produced single "Rise" later influenced him to move to Europe to pursue a career in dance music production. His song "Get Shaky" reached the top ten and was world champion Czech Republic's official goal song at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup in Germany. In 2011 Ian collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Bobby Anthony on his single "Last Night" which was also remixed by Afrojack.

Carey has performed as a disc jockey since 1993 and worked as a record producer since 1998.[4] Working with Jason Papillon (see DJ Jason Brooks) as part of Soul Providers, their first single, "Rise", peaked within the top 60 of the charts in the United Kingdom.[5]

Unhappy with the house music scene in America, Carey moved to the Netherlands from the US in 2003 and then on to Spain in 2006. In 2008, Ian Carey released the song "Get Shaky" (released as The Ian Carey Project), which featured the vocals of American singer-songwriter Kelly Barnes, who also co-wrote the song. "Get Shaky" peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.[6][7] In the former country, "Get Shaky" peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart in January 2009, while in the latter country, "Get Shaky" became Carey's second charting song on the UK Singles Chart and first top ten hit on the listing, peaking at number nine in August 2009. The song achieved Double Platinum certification in Australia and Gold certification in New Zealand. The song also won the award for Best Dance Video at the MTV Australia Awards 2009.[8] Ian is now based in Miami but spends much of the year touring internationally.


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"The Mobtown Sound" 2002 Non-album singles
"It's Alright / Party Time" 2003
"Non-Stop" 2004
"Drop Da Vibe"
(with DJ Jani featuring MC Gee)
"Give Up the Funk" 2005
"The Power" 103
"Say What You Want"
(with Mochico featuring Miss Bunty)
"Lose Control" 2006
"Keep on Rising"
(featuring Michelle Shellers)
2007 16
"Love Won't Wait"
"Get Shaky" 2008 2 33 57 46 9 54 7 59 9
"Redlight" 28
"SOS" 2009
"Shot Caller"
"Let Loose"
(featuring Mandy Ventrice)
"Last Night"
(featuring Snoop Dogg and Bobby Anthony)
2011 15 24 77
(with Rosette featuring Timbaland and Brasco)
2012 109 34 113 72
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


MTV Music Video Awards Australia
  • 2009 Best Dance Video – "Get Shaky"


  1. ^ Discogs.com
  2. ^ Japanese restaurant, Art Gastropub to open in Hagerstown area Herald-Mail Media
  3. ^ One-man-band video producer has high hopes after MTV award Frederick News-Post
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Ian Carey". The Official Charts Company. May 6, 2013. Archived from the original on February 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Official Charts Company: Ian Carey". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  7. ^ "THE IAN CAREY PROJECT – GET SHAKY (NUMMER)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
  8. ^ "Latest Entertainment News & Celebrity News". Mtv.com.au. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  9. ^ For Australian peaks:
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at: The Ian Carey Project (singles)". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Austriancharts.at at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  11. ^ Peak positions for Belgium:
  12. ^ "Billboard.com: The Ian Carey Project(Canadian Hot 100 singles)". Canadian Hot 100. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  13. ^ "France Charts – Ian Carey". Classements Singles Fusionnés. SNEP (disqueenfrance.com). Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  14. ^ "Charts.de: Ian Carey (singles)". Media Control (in German). Charts.de by Media Control. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts:Search the Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. The Irish Charts. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  16. ^ Peak positions for the Netherlands:
  17. ^ "Charts.or.nz: The Ian Carey Project(singles)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Charts.or.nz at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  18. ^ "Hitparade.ch: The Ian Carey Project(singles)". Schweizer Hitparade. Hitparade.ch at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  19. ^ Peak positions for the UK:
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  21. ^ "New Zealand Music Chart: Chart# 1665 (Monday 20 April 2009)". RIANZ. Archived from the original on November 27, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  22. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  24. ^ a b "Music Canada: Ian Carey". Music Canada. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2012.

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