Carl Craig is a Detroit-based producer of techno music, and is considered to be one of the most important names in the Detroit
second generation of techno producers and DJs. According to an article about Craig, "Of this group, Craig was often recognised as being the most
artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape of techno outside Detroit." Craig has approached techno using inspiration from a wide
range of musical genres, including jazz and soul.
Carl Craig has released many successful 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
Craig has also d 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 widely successful 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. In
2001, Craig filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against festival producer Pop Culture Media. Craig will return as artistic director for the 2010
festival, which is now produced by Paxahau.
Part of what makes Craig's style so unique and separates him from much of the normal "Detroit Techno" sound, including current works, are his
remixes of world beat and jazz songs. This has helped spark a new movement of electronic music.
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.
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Green Velvet (aka Cajmere)
studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, where he exposed himself to the energetic culture and
lifestyle of house. In 1991, midway though graduate school, Cajmere returned to Chicago to pursue his dream of producing house music.
Green Velvet (aka Cajmere) studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, where he exposed himself to the energetic culture and lifestyle
of house. In 1991, midway though graduate school, Cajmere returned to Chicago to pursue his dream of producing house music.
In 1992, after surviving on cheese sandwiches and maximizing credit limits, Cajmere finally made an imprint on the dance community with his infectious
experiment, "Coffee Pot" (It's Time for the Percolator) – Clubhouse Records. Then he moved on to more complex musical and lyrical arrangements
with songs like Lidell Townsell's "Get With U" (Mercury Records).
The Cajmere and Dajae collaboration resulted in a #2 Billboard Dance Chart and International dance hit - "Brighter Days". It was at this point that
Cajmere decided to start Cajual Records. Having his own label gave Cajmere the autonomy to attain his goal of developing a sound that was
representative of Chicago - thus, putting Chicago back on the map.
In 1993 Cajmere d Relief Records. The label became an outlet for he and other producers' more track-oriented work.
The Relief label also gave birth to the experimental and eccentric, afro wig-wearing entity we know as Green Velvet - a Cajmere alter ego.
Green Velvet produced the first release on the Relief label, "Preacher Man." He followed up the debut release with "Flash" and "The Stalker", both of
which brought about unexpected praise and worldwide recognition.
In 1997, Green Velvet's attempt to combine 80s electronic funk with Chicago's cult of a perfect track led to his creation, "Answering
Machine" - with the more humorous but rather contagious hook - "I don't need this shit!" For 1999 Green Velvet has crafted "Constant Chaos", an
electronic trip over a lyrical landscape or as Green Velvet muses in a recent Muzik interview, "I guess it's sorta like folk music for the rave
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1.Green Velvet Carl Craig - Intro (Original Mix) (0:54)
2.Green Velvet Carl Craig - So What (Original Mix) (6:03)
3.Green Velvet Carl Craig - Rosalie (Original Mix) (5:28)
4.Green Velvet Carl Craig - Party (Original Mix) (6:10)
5.Green Velvet Carl Craig - Murder Of The Innocent (Original Mix) (8:40)
6.Green Velvet Carl Craig - How (Original Mix) (5:34)
7.Green Velvet Carl Craig - Let It Go (Original Mix) (6:04)