A man present and participating at the dawn of hip hop. Arthur Baker is among the most well-known and widely imitated of the early hip hop producers, masterminding breakthrough experiments with tape edits and synthetic beats before he crossed over to introduce the art of remixing into the pop mainstream.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Baker began his career as a club DJ in his hometown and enjoyed some success with disco tracks like Northend hit ‘Happy Days/Tee’s Happy’ before making the move to New York in 1980. Once relocated to the Big Apple, he quickly hooked up with the man now seen as the Grandfather of Hip Hip Culture, Afrika Bambaataa. Their first classic moment together came with ‘Planet Rock’, its programmed beats and minimalistic production leaving an indelible imprint on the genre as a whole. In 1982, Baker formed his own label, Streetwise Records, releasing such records as New Edition’s ‘Candy Girl’ and other Baker productions including Rockers Revenge’s ‘Walking On Sunshine’ hit.
He spent the rest of the decade establishing himself as a producer of international renown, working with legends such as Bob Dylan, Al Green and Bruce Springsteen and performing important remixing work for artists like New Order. Bringing things up to date, Baker continues to keep his finger on the pulse and stay at the cutting edge of music production. Most recently he has worked with the likes of Hurts, Wiley and Florence + The Machine.
DJs don’t come much more highly respected than Essex’s own Jon Carter, who’s been spreading quality dance madness around the world for over 15 years. Starting his musical journey playing in bands at Southampton University, Carter moved back to London, to get to grips with the art of studio engineering, just in time for the rise of the jungle scene.
His own rise came as a resident of the era-defining Heavenly Social in ’94, playing sessions alongside the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. Single releases followed and an album as Monkey Mafia, a group that toured with the likes of Massive Attack, The Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers, often playing to audiences of over 10,000. By the turn of the century Carter was a resident at Fabric, Bugged Out and Shine, three of the UK’s biggest clubs. His remix CV includes such high profile commissions as U2, The Beach Boys (their sole official remix), Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays. In the mid-’00s, Carter was involved with the creation of Glastonbury’s ‘Lock Tavern’. Named after the Camden pub and venue of which Jon is a director, it’s played host to many fine acts, including Hot Chip. Carter remains dedicated to promoting new music, with the Lock Tavern bringing Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best to Camden, spawning the Filthy Dukes and Simian Mobile Disco in the process.