Carl Craig is recognised as one of the most influential pioneers in Detroit’s second generation of techno musicians. We caught up with Carl ahead of his live performance at SW4 on Sunday 27th August to discuss London, his career and his Versus Synthesizer Ensemble which he will bring to this year’s festival...
This year you’re bringing Versus to SW4, can you tell me a bit about how this concept came about?
Versus came from a brainstorm of Alex Kazak who I’ve known for a long time, he wondered what It would be like to do my music live with an orchestra and I thought it was a good idea. We then got Francesco Tristano involved who did the arrangement and it turned out to be something quite memorable and amazing and exciting…it was fantastic.
Can you give me a little insight into the project and what we can expect from it live on the day?
Its called versus synthesizer, so live there are 4 synthesizers including the musical director Kelvin Sholar, then you have myself on electronics and back, then Francesco on piano jamming away at the front, and we are going to do the album in the very pure way of doing this album which is with synthesizers.