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Graeme began producing in his early teenage years, making a skewed blend of electronic music using a couple of his dad’s old drum machines, a 4 track and a sampler. Influenced by his parents collection of rock, soul and blues aswell as eighties daytime radio and the burgeoning rave scene, he began to dissect and re-imagine the music.
After dipping his toe in the water of hardcore rave production as a kid, Graeme set up his first label (Five20East) with close friends Scott and Ross Langley in 1999 during his studies in sound engineering. An outlet for their own productions, the label was centered on the sounds of House through their ears, and aimed to provide a hub for their community of friends to record and release. It proved a baptism of fire with distributors going bust, shops failing to pay, lawyer's letters and all the other hallmarks of a fledgling label run by teenagers. But all was not lost as the struggle brought valued experience in the workings (and not-workings) of the music business for all involved.
During this time, Graeme began producing with two of Scotland's most respected underground DJ's who shone a light on the mysteries of arranging and programming for the dancefloor. Craig Smith (Edinburgh) and Harri (Glasgow) both had residencies in their respective cities, and had begun working with Graeme after hearing some of the Five20East releases on their record store rounds. Using Graeme's studio, sessions would stretch into the wee small hours, digging through dusty disco dubs and long forgotten funk jams to find the perfect groove.
Graeme moved to Glasgow from his home town on the east coast in 2002 and started DJing more and more aswell as editing some of his favourite records to enhance his sets. He also began to play live with his friend Paul McGlashan in their electronic band, Deportivo Street Team, playing a fusion of house and techno. It was around this time that Graeme forged friendships with Ali Herron whom he would go on to work with as OOFT Music and Simon Murray (Deep Space Orchestra) whom he would work with as Cronk Family Enterprises.
Ready for a new challenge, L.E.S.S. Productions was formed by Graeme, Ali and Scott in 2007 as a way to collate some of the edits they had been working on for their DJ sets, and get them out in limited numbers to DJs who they had contact with. Pressing only 100 CDs for each release, the series began slowly, but quickly gained a cult following over the 10 editions and saw some of the first 6th Borough Project (Craig Smith & Graeme), OOFT Music and Cronk Family Enterprises material. The label also paved the way for Graeme's new vinyl label, Instruments Of Rapture, which went on to become a spiritual home for the majority of 6th Borough Project's output in 2008 / 09.
Now producing for over 15 years, Graeme continues to put his fingers to work on a variety of projects in the studio aswell as touring as a DJ most weekends. Recent work has included music for DFA, Buzzin' Fly, Domino, Pokerflat, MCDE, Dessous and Silver Network aswell as forthcoming album productions (May 2011) for Delusions Of Grandeur and Z Records.
Craigs DJ career has been on the go for fully 20 years, from his own famous night, ‘Audio Deluxe’ to numerous gigs at every major club across the globe. His 10 year residency at The Honeycomb in Edinburgh saw him play, host and gain the respect of all the players on the dance music scene. Guests at his club nights have included: Masters At Work - Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Lil' Louie Vega, Terry Hunter, Phil Asher, John "Jellybean" Benitez, Bugz In The Attic, Domu, Mr V, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, DJ Deep, Osunlade, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Teddy Douglas, Dave Camacho, Ashley Beadle, Kenny Carpenter, Kerri Chandler, Frankie Feliciano, DJ Spinna - all of whom have rated Craig's parties as one of the best to play in Europe. Always listening to, and collecting music as a kid, Craig started searching out club nights that would quench his musical thirst, and in the early 80's it was parties like the capital's Manifesto that really inspired and turned him on to a fresh and exciting scene that none of his school friends were even aware of. A stalwart on the scene from a young age this eventually lead him to make his DJ'ing debut in 1987 at Edinburgh's legendary club night The Hooch. His initial influences were boogie, jazz funk, soul and the emerging sounds of rap and house and for him it was a natural progression into the modern production techniques and sounds of dance music. He is known for his non-compromising attitude for the music he loves and has always refused to be categorised preferring to be known for playing "quality dance music". This has lead to an impeccable international reputation with gigs and radio appearances worldwide, and in his own hometown he is notorious as Irvine Welsh's favourite DJ with a mention in his books. So far all of Craig’s recording work has been met with great critical acclaim. He has had records out on various labels such as EMI, Virgin, Hush Hush, In Demand, Maxi, Five20East and Soul Heaven under his own name and various guises, such as Harden Soul Project, The Wayfarers, The Soul Renegades and The Shaw Height Assembly and more recently 6th Borough Project. He has remixed tracks for the likes of Cevin Fisher, Roland Clark, Afro Medusa, Beverly Knight, Soul Providers, Moloko, and the Hong Kong Micros amongst others. Currently working on new music with production partner Graeme Clark (The Revenge) on their popular 6th Borough Project and Craig Smith & The Revenge guises, recent releases/remixes on Five20east, Soul Heaven and Jimpsters new label Delusions Of Granduer (as Craig Smith & The Revenge) and Jisco, Less Productions, Instruments of Rapture, Soul Heaven (as 6th Borough Project) have been gaining mad props/ radio/club play from such heavy hitters as Kenny Dope, Giles Peterson, Simbad, Karizma, Jimpster, Terry Hunter, Danny Krivit, Chris Duckenfield, Joe Clausell, Quinten Harris, Phil Asher, Todd Terje, Mad Matts and a host of others! Keep your eyes peeled as there are more tracks on the way with forthcoming releases on Soul Heaven, Instruments of Rapture, Freerange, Future Classics and Delusions Of Grandeur Craig has also been busy in the studio with Ricky Reid as they breath new life into the Soul Renegades production moniker. This exciting project has being gaining serious attention from the get go and with their debut release out now on the much respected Phil Ashers Restless Soul Music gaining heavy praise and with futher releases due on UK label Fresh Minute, US deep house don Anthony Nicholson 's Circular Motion imprint and a Stephanie Cooke remix for Soulful Beats ready to follow the future looks rosy.
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