Carl Craig: ‘Techno has always been about imagination’

Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, a groundbreaking electronic music icon, an inspirational artist, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit.

Detroit’s bedrooms and abandoned factories, where techno first harnessed urban decline and discontent to imagine possible future worlds—ones inspired by Blade Runner and robots as much as existing reality.

“Techno has always been about imagination,” Craig says, recalling how he and Derrick May would sit on the floor of May’s loft in ’80s Detroit, experimenting on drum machines and predicting a Planet Earth of the distant future. “Watching real life happen second-by-second—it takes away a lot of where your imagination can go.”

Read more in his interview here.