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Paddys eve at tripod has never seen a bigger line up Carl Craig brings his 20 x year celebrations to Harcourt st with one of techno’s biggest stars Luciano. The two take to the stage for a 4 x hour back to back set and we for one cant wait for this on .
20 Years of Planet-E
*2011 World Tour, Planet-E ‘Best Of’ Album - 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet, Artist album releases, EP releases, Remix packages and more to come...
In 2011, Carl Craig's Planet E will be 20 years old and to celebrate he is taking Planet-E on tour throughout the world for the first time, ever.
Craig will be joined by guests throughout the year including Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Psycatron, Paul Woolford, Radio Slave, Chris Liebing and many others. Stage one of the world tour begins March, with March dates including London, Berlin, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Vienna and more. The tour will continue the whole of 2011 and will include USA, Japan, Australia, South America and more.
Alongside the heavy touring schedule will be album and EP releases on Planet-E from Carl Craig and other Planet-E artists. The first album release of 2011 will be ‘20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet’ - a best of Planet-E compilation featuring artists including Carl Craig, Recloose, Martin Buttrich, Kenny Larkin and Basic Channel, to be initially released on February 22nd digital only (PE/RA/Beatport/C2 website/PE website/iTunes). Alongside the digital release will be a competition for people to complete a poll and suggest which tracks should be pressed onto a limited edition vinyl box set, to be released in June 2011.
Also starting in March will be a monthly vinyl / digital remix release from the Planet E and Carl Craig back catalogue. Artists including Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Francois K, Mad Mike Banks, Dennis Ferrer, and others have selected their favourite track from the Planet E back catalogue to remix and release. First up will be a Luciano remix of Recloose's 'Can't Take It', and monthly remix releases to follow.
One of the leading electronic music labels in the history of the genre, Planet E, is taking a moment to celebrate and share a bit of its history, before getting back to the business of looking forward to the future.
More release and tour announcements will be made throughout 2011.
For full details of the Carl Craig / Planet E tour and Planet E release news in 2011 go to www.carlcraig.net
First Quarter Releases:
20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet – Released Feb 22 (digital only) – a limited edition vinyl box set to follow in June (selected by fans).
Recloose ‘Can’t Take it’ Luciano remix – Released March
Mini Q & A with Carl Craig
When and how did planet e start?
Planet E Communications began in 1991 as my desire to control my own musical destiny. I was tired of other people having a say in what I did musically (A&R, partners, etc) so I took the bull by the horns and obtained my independence.
What was the first release?
69 ‘4 Jazz Funk Classics’. I am a big Throbbing Gristle fan.
What does planet e represent for you?
Pure independent vision. If the music is good then let’s release it to the people. Planet-E has been all about music.
Where does the name planet e come from?
There was a documentary on space travel (which had Brian Eno's ‘Apollo’ as the sound track) and I was so entranced by it. I'm an idea man (I should have been in advertising). Planet E is Earth and the communication has a double meaning between the voice communications between the space travelers and NASA, but also the fact that using the word "communications" doesn’t restrict the future possibilities of PE's endeavors.
Tell me about the compilation - 20 years is a long time! How did the name of the compilation come about also..?
It’s a celebration! We never celebrated 10yrs so this it! The name came from the idea "It’s been a fucking long time"…
How do you feel about the artists coming on tour with you? What can people expect from the tour?
They're all geniuses! What can be expected is that we're going to have a great time celebrating the music. No bullshit.
And about your hometown Detroit…
Detroit is musically a magical city. We've had so much wonderful music to come from here; from native Detroiters, who have been influential to so much other music globally. I find that I make much better music when I'm in Detroit. To outsiders the city seem desolate and ominous, but to me the city is so electric!
In the beginning, DJs were faceless human jukeboxes that played at the whim of their audience. When dance culture boomed DJs became superstars, and fame and ego replaced love of the music.
Luciano represents a third way: he is both a single-minded artist completely devoted to music, and a performer whose charisma is an intrinsic part of his global appeal. Luciano fuses art and fame like no other DJ. As a result the humble, Swiss-Chilean DJ, producer and boss of Cadenza Records is one of the biggest stars of the global electronic music scene. Born in Switzerland and raised in Santiago, Luciano fell under the spell of Detroit heroes like Juan Atkins and Model 500. Determined to share his passion for techno, he spun records in clubs where disgruntled rock fans stubbed out cigarettes on his vinyl. Undaunted, the teenage DJ continued, gradually winning a loyal following and pushing dance music to new heights in Chile. At 21 he was playing to thousands at Santiago’s Love Parade. His love of music had brought him fame. Most DJs would stop there but Luciano’s outstanding characteristic is his refusal to rest on his laurels. “In life always you have an easy way and a complex way,” he says. “The complex way has more rewards.” Luciano left Chile at 21 and moved to Europe, determined to push himself to new heights. He gradually invaded the inner reaches of electronic culture, thanks in part to South American associations like Ricardo Villalobos and Pier Bucci. He formed a partnership with Ibiza’s most notorious underground club, Circoloco at DC10, which gave Luciano a perfect platform and a passionate audience for his irresistible, mind-altering blend of barebones techno and hot-blooded Latin rhythms. Word of his epic, emotional sets set the dance scene buzzing and, in 2006, Soma wooed him to make ‘Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi. Vol 2’ – a hands-on, vinyl mix that whetted public appetite for his organic, emotional soundscapes. Subsequently he released the acclaimed ‘Fabric 41’ mix for London superclub Fabric, and added his twist to the illustrious Radio 1 ‘Essential Mix’. Luciano has never sought easy fame or fortune, though. He is fanatically dedicated to innovation – both in the studio and in live performance. His discography includes releases on revered labels such as Perlon, Peacefrog, Poker Flat, M_nus and Cocoon but his greatest achievement is founding Cadenza Records and its digital offshoot Cadenza Lab. In the course of a few short years Cadenza has taken its place as one of the most respected electronic labels on the planet, with robust and creative group of artists led by Luciano’s example. As a DJ he has performed at virtually every major club and festival in the world, blazing a trail of music from Ibiza to Berlin, Peru to Tokyo, via London, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and all points in between. Always striving to bring new excitement to electronic music, he debuted multi-media show ‘AEther Live’ in 2009 – a futuristic synchronization of sound and music. However, Luciano never loses sight of the simple pleasures of dance. In 2009, when DC10 was shut for the summer, Luciano determined to bring back the underground spirit of Ibiza with a free party at a beach bar called Ushuaia. From a one-off event it exploded into the biggest party of the summer, packed with a mix of party people and industry elite yearning to experience the good vibes that made Ibiza famous. Summer 2010 will be Luciano’s biggest ever. He returns to Ushuaia for a Sunday afternoon residency, from 2PM till Midnight. Then he takes over Sunday night at Pacha, Ibiza’s most famous club. Following the success of Ushauia in 2009 all Ibiza’s clubs were clamouring for Luciano and he chose Pacha as the perfect destination to express his musical vision. As a result, the most-talked about debut on the island is Cadenza Vagabundos – which holds court every Sunday from 6 June till 26 September at Pacha, Ibiza. Once again, Luciano simply followed his passion for music and it led him to the pinnacle of success. But his loyalty is to his art and his fans. Not to the fickle charms of fame. “I don’t do music to be recognised,” Luciano says. “I do it because it’s necessary for me. My only ambition is to stay close to what I love.”