Next up in the sub:terranea podcast series we are very proud to present from Ireland; Derek Carr.
Derek first caught our eye back in 2003 with his excellent ‘Destiny EP’ on Geek records and has been impressing us with his classy take on Detroit techno ever since. Certainly no newcomer to underground house and techno Derek has been making music for over 20 years and his podcast for sub:terranea certainly doesn’t disappoint.
For our second outing Derek takes us on an atmospheric journey from soulful tech house, tripped out vocals and emotive breakdowns to mesmerising melodies, infectious hooks and deep & groovy melodic techno. The quality of the selection in this 75 minute mix is truly phenomenal featuring cuts from Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge, Motor City Soul and Gui Boratto to name a few so turn it up and enjoy!
Derek Carr – Born and raised in Westmeath, Republic of Ireland, not exactly a hotbed of electronic music, became obsessed with music from a very early age, was devastated when Adam & the Ants broke up… aged 8 at the time.
Bought first keyboard (casio sampler) age 16 with view to making electropop – Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk etc – none of the demo tapes from this period have survived (thankfully)
Started reading articles about House & Techno in NME/Melody Maker around 87/88 decided to investigate. Hearing Pacific by 808 State on Top Of The Pops was a defining moment.
Hooked up with William O’Brien from Kildare to form ‘Main Frame’ in 1990. William had an almost complete studio at the time, 909, 303, 101, 727 and an Akai S950. Had lots of fun doing tracks but no Irish labels were interested.
Started putting together his own studio around 1993 and has continued building ever since.
Released ‘Copperbeech’ e.p. on own Trident Recordings Label in 2001. Sold 500 copies by hand around Dublin & the UK.
Has released e.ps on labels such as Nice & Nasty, Geek, Psychonavigation, Headspace & Digital Soul.
First full album, on Psychonavigation Records, ‘Digital Space Race’ released in 2008 to wide acclaim.
Rythmic Science Vol 1 – with Mark Archer, Black Jack and Mark Ambrose out soon on Rythmic Science (John Shima’s nw label)
Continues to make music in 2013 as long as his kids leave him alone and stop switching off the bloody samplers…