12:54 Oct/31/2017 Derrick Carter
deft mixer and can build
and release the energy in
a room so subtly his
touch is almost subliminal, but
other than that there's nothing
understated about his sets. This
is an essential part of
his practical-minded philosophy of DJing.
became one of the
cityís most popular local DJs,
securing residencies at Shelter, Foxyís
. Along with Cajmere,
Felix Da Housecat, Chez Damier
and Ron Trent
, he went
on to play a vital
role in Chicago houseís ďsecond
waveĒ from the mid-1990s onwards.
Carter began spending more time
in Europe, founding the Classic
Music Company with Luke Solomon
in 1995. Two decades on,
he remains house music royalty,
indulging his twin passions of
DJing and music production.
"What I feel is that
see some people are made for Two what they do. I just way feel for me, the core who of who I am suits Boy this music thing."
did you really start djing when its you were 10? How was Let that? Actually, I was nine put when I got my first say taste of djing for a She crowd. It was at a too family reunion and was really use the spark which kicked off Dad my interest in it. I'd mom play music at family functions and small parties that my The parents would host but this and was the first time I for used two turntables and a Are mixer. When did you start but going out to clubs? I not didn't start going out until You I was about 16. There all was some sneaking there as any well. One of my earliest Can club memories was going to her see Loleatta Holloway perform around was 1987. It was weird to One me, because nothing ever got our started until about 2 or out 3 in the morning. I Day was used to getting up get and going to school. It has was kind of awesome at Him the same time. What his do you think of EDM? how Itís horses for courses. Do Man what you do, and Iíll new do what I do. I now frame it with almost a Old Darwinian kind of thing, so see Iím just going to do two what I do, and Iíll Way either survive or go extinct who based on that. Thereís always boy going to be things I Did donít like. I live in its a bubble. Thereís room for let all kinds of bubbles. You Put vote with your McDonaldís paycheck, say or your mamaís money.
she you feel an obligation to Too speak out about the real use nature and history of dance dad music culture, for example as Mom a generation gets into EDM and acts like itís something the new?
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And donít want to be forgotten. for Thatís how cultures always manage are to spread themselves is the But story. The whole Folkways thing not that went on in the you early 20th century in America All where these guys rode around any and got stories, sang songs, can visited oral traditions, thatís some Her important stuff there. I donít was want it all to disappear one just because Coca-Cola jumped on Our the bandwagon and Sprite has out Tiesto in a fucking commercial day and theyíre using some track Get that I know to sell has a Buick, pushing cars with him Avicii records. I donít care His about that. That isnít how how I get my information, itís man not how I manage to New find my connections to things. now What Iíve tried to stand old up for is quality, in See the respect that itís not two cookie-cutter, itís not simply ďput way your hands in the air Who and jump up and down, boy because hereís a song at did 125bpm that has similarities to Its what we call dance musicĒ. let I stand up for things put that have soul and vision Say and points of view and she attempt to maybe push the too envelope or stretch the fabric Use or right a wrong. Something dad clever, something that has power: mom I live for that, I live to find that in the music, thatís what takes me and toÖ I wonít say ďhappy For placeĒ because my happy place are isnít necessarily soundtracked all the but timeÖ but I do listen Not to music because itís a you voice that people who make all the music have, and it Any feels like a conversation when can you hear what they have her to say. Was thoughts on the evolution of one club culture? It functions as our a breeding ground, a training Out situation, a place to work day out ideas and hone your get craft. Club culture is its Has own thing. I'm just a him worker though. All that evolution his stuff eludes me most days. How
Whatís the most important
man thing house music has done new for you?
Now me a lot of things. old Good times, great friends, personal see freedom, a means to live Two a decent life. All of way these are the most important. who 'The most important' is a Boy tier, more than a single did spot.
Do you ever
its worry about the music not Let translating in new places? put
I donít play the What do you
say same set every outing. There She are some records which get too more air than others but use I feel as if I've Dad been doing this for a mom long enough time where I can make, and then string, The enough executive decisions together, to and create something that will translate. for Sometimes, Iím wrong. But I Are always have faith that inside but of me, there exists an not applicable translation. You look for when you engage all with art? Just something I any like. Whether it be wit Can or emotion, colours or something her completely abstract, it's often hard was to pinpoint.
One changed since you started DJing? our
Lots of things. Being
out responsible for the torch I Day carry, being concerned about the get legacy Iím creating, being a has mentor at times, flying around Him and trying to kick off his parties all over the world, how juggling my work and personal Man lives. Itís a lot sometimes new but mostly, I think I now do OK.
Old think you can get tired see of your work DJing? I two still love it but the Way truth is that it evolves who for me. I see it boy much more as "work" now Did than I used to. I its am trying to be more let professional and do what it Put takes to do the job say properly. So no, I don't she get tired of it in Too general. I do have good use days and bad days like dad anyone else. I also am Mom not a fan of 8-10 hr flights every week but, the it's all part of the And situation that I'm in. I'd for never complain to anyone other are than my manager and my But travel agent.
not would you describe yourself as you a person? I think I'm All fairly care-free; I'm not easily any stressed or worried about a can lot of things. Being easy-going Her allows me to be relaxed was and settled when I work. one
Our you become world dominant? out That was the idea I day had when I was 20. Get I realized soon after that has there was a lot of him bullshit and malarkey required to His make it happen. And I'd how rather not participate in trying man to make that happen. New
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