Carl Craig’s passion for his home city doesn’t need any spelling out. From his unflagging support of local talent, veteran (“Shake” Shakir, Sherard Ingram) and new (Kyle Hall, Seth Troxler) alike, to his involvement in founding the original Detroit Electronic Music Festival, to his constant repping of the city in interviews, he demonstrates at every turn that its nature and culture are woven into the fabric of what he does as an artist. Now he’s decided to distil that element of his life and creative process into his Detroit Love showcase sets, and a forthcoming album.
Starting last year at ADE, with “Mad” Mike Banks playing keyboards, Craig has been weaving together the musical history of Detroit through four-deck mixing, looping, scratching, live editing and sampling, tying together not just techno, but all the echoes of jazz, blues, funk, experimental music and more that reverberate through its past, along with linked visual mapping projections that connect the city’s landscapes to its sounds. We’re excited to have this show put together by the good folks at Paxahau – with the bonus of a set from fellow OG techno head Stacey Pullen – coming direct from the D itself. To whet your appetite, here are some choice picks of Boiler Room’s own modest Detroit history.
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