Smart Bar – Chicago, Concrete – Paris, Panorama Bar – Berlin, Space – Ibiza, Derrick Carter has frequented them all in the past 18 months. After nearly three decades in the game, the Chicago native’s enduring presence in some of the world’s most venerated clubs stands as a testament to his unfaltering talent behind the decks.
Bringing him to Liverpool for a rare city appearance, Constellations and the team behind the Liverpool Disco Festival are keeping the venue’s recent drive to programme quality stateside house music alive. With the Grammy Award winning, Louie Vega and Chicago’s Roy Davis Jr. recently drawing huge crowds down to the Baltic-based venue, what better way to continue the story than with one of the Windy City’s most treasured disc jockeys, Derrick Carter.
With the second annual Disco Festival just around the corner, an all-night-long session from the legendary Smart Bar resident is a fitting warm-up indeed. In a city that is currently flush with as much disco as you could squeeze out of a sequin suit, Derrick’s very unique take on the genre will provide a serious benchmark for any DJs dipping their toes into the sounds of the 70s and 80s. With this in mind, Derrick’s often 5+ hour-long sets are known to include everything from bossa nova to midwestern soul…
Spending the majority of his life behind a set of decks, Carter claims to have been DJing since the age of just 9 years old. With output on Green Velvet’s Cajual Records and a string of releases on his own label, Classic; Derrick’s often hard-hitting take on the Chicago house sound has seen his music continuously find its way into the record bags of selectors across Europe.
Catch him at Constellations this Friday, 21st April for a rare city appearance and a first in the Constellations Warehouse. For those looking for some daytime entertainment, you can catch the Cosmic Jam crew in the garden from midday with DJs including; Radio Exotica, No Fakin’, Pooky, Andy James, Elliot Hutchinson, Chris McBride and many more! This daytime session is completely free but donations to North West Cancer Research will be very much welcome on the day. Tickets for the Derrick Carter gig will be just £5 for all attending the Cosmic Jam day party.
For a taste of what you might be in for on the day; check out Chris McBride’s ‘Trouble Funk’ show on Melodic Distraction Radio.