Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the best DJs in the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, hisinfluence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music.
Although known as one of the key players of Chicago's house music wave in the '90s, DerrickCarter began DJ'ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions. Raised in thewestern suburbs, Derrick was into music from a young age; during his teens Chicago's house scenesucked him in for good and before long he became a strong presence in the city's undergrounddance scene. "When I got my driver's license at 16 my sneak ability was validated," he laughs. "Iwas a fierce bedroom jock for a long time. After you mix for the love of it for six or seven years, youget it pretty tight and you can take it on the road."
He got by working at dance-music specialty stores like Gramaphone and gigging at parties, laterlanding regular DJ stints at Shelter, Foxy's, and Smart Bar; though he doesn't often spin locally, hisunannounced appearances at friends' parties leave people queuing around the block.Derrick's sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside conformative club tastes, seamlesslyincorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz, and whatever else catches his fancy to jack the beatand rock the party.
By refusing to accept conventional standards and instead choosing to simply do his own thing hehas built a worldwide reputation as one of the underground pioneers, becoming a major celebrityamong dance-music aficionados. "So many people come up to me and say, 'Man, I had the worstday. My girlfriend left me, I locked my keys in my car, but you turned me for two hours, and thatmade me able to get up in the morning.' That's the best thing going."In 1988 Derrick, fellow DJ Mark Farina, and friend Chris Nazuka released an EP as the group
Symbols & Instruments. The record had a strong influence on the burgeoning ambient technomovement in England. While it wasn't a commercial success, it established Derrick as aninternational figure in the underground dance-music scene. Since then he's been involved with anumber of recording projects, firstly his solo project Sound Patrol under whom he released his firstalbum 'Sweetened -No Lemon' which exuded a soulfulness and low-key grittiness that resonatedbeyond the infectious grooves and made a departure from the machine-like quality of the dancemusic fare of the time.
Since then the pioneering, innovative tracks and consequent critical acclaim have marked Derrickout as one of the most important players in dance music - most notably through his releases onClassic, the label he founded with Luke Solomon. Derrick's first release was as Rednail with 'I Thinkof You', followed by 'Nu Pschidt' and 'Hope' under his own name. 'Nü Pschidt' combined wovenscatting with sleepy minimal beats on 'Dreaming Again' and skillfully cast his own low, sexy drawlover his trademark Carter grooves to form 'Boompty Boomp Theme' - a name which has becomesynonymous with Derrick's sound since his mom's critique of his music reached the press!Seminal EPs such as 'Where U At?' and albums 'Squaredancing In A Round House', alongside guestcompilations for the best underground house labels have consolidated his standing as one of thelegends of scene.Back