Detroit 🖤 Chicago! Primary Presents and Auris team up to bring you legends Carl Craig and Moodymann with support by K'Alexi Shelby
Dancefloor experimentalist and top Detroit techno producer Carl Craig has few equals in terms of the artistry, influence, and diversity of his recordings.
Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for
his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical
canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific
producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader,
guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.
As "Versus", one of his boldest endeavors to date, Craig combines techno and classical music, opening himself up to working in a new format by collaborating with orchestrator / pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor Francois Xavier Roth and Moritz Von Oswald. Inspired by well-received performances in large concerts halls in
Paris, Milan and Germany, Craig started the process of developing the project
into an album. He also performs as Trio alongside Von Oswald and Tristano. His
occasional appearances with the electronic collective jam band Narod Niki, alongside
Villalobos, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Zip and others, have led to him appearing in
part live / part DJ gigs with Luciano. Additionally he’s taken to occasionally bringing
keyboardists like Mike Banks (UR), Amp Fiddler and Tristano into the DJ booth
with him for special one-off gigs. These mixed performances add some variety
in a non-stop DJ schedule that finds him spinning at top clubs worldwide.
For a certain type of cult musical hero, a significant part of the appeal lies in remaining resolutely unknowable. Moodymann, a producer of obstinately beautiful house music, exemplifies this idea, his history a mesh of half-truths, rumours and silence that seems to refuse to resolve itself. As he puts it: “I don’t make music for the masses to dance to. I make music for the small majority that listens.” There’s nothing particularly complicated about Moodymann’s music – most tracks consist of a few simple loops and filters. But it’s full of atmosphere, crowd noise and voices cutting in almost at random, undercut by unsettling synths that set the hair on end. Listening to his records, you can imagine Moodymann in his Detroit studio, working on tracks until he finishes them or passes out, because they simply have to be made.