The Planet E mastermind shares his story, from his early days to his explorations at the intersection of jazz, techno and beyond.
It’s been 30 years since a teenaged Carl Craig boarded a plane bound for London, with first-gen Detroit DJs Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. It was a fateful trip that would connect their Motor City sound with the burgeoning rave scene of England and Europe. The trip was also a catalyst in the solo career of Craig, who became a leading light of Detroit techno’s “second wave” of producers. Craig is known for having forged many of the branches and offshoots that emanate from Detroit techno’s core, and his accomplishments include Grammy-nominated remixes, trailblazing original productions under a clutch of alias names and a bulging touring schedule as one of the world’s most renowned DJs. In his Fireside Chat, Craig revisits many of the hallmark moments that marked his journey through sound: Watching the Motown Records logo spin on a turntable as a child, discussing music futurism with Derrick May while sitting on a floor surrounded by synthesizers, listening to Throbbing Gristle in the basement of DJ Stingray’s family home and meeting his longtime collaborators Francesco Tristano and Moritz von Oswald.