The D3 event series celebrates the innovators of Detroit techno and the 25th anniversary of this unique art-form. D3 (Discover Deconstruct Detroit) is not only a fusion of house and techno but a meeting of art, fashion and music as well. D’lectable Music along with VOLATL events have partnered with Artkiwon (a contemporary arts group) to bring a decidedly unique artistry to the events with live painting, live fashion and art in…stallations in the club environment for total transformation of Chicago’s most famous venue, Smart Bar. Past bookings include Stacey Pullen, Monty Luke, and Juan Atkins, each reflecting a unique movement of the evolution of Detroit techno. On November 19, Grammy nominated composer and world class DJ Carl Craig will be headlining the D3 event series. Mr. Craig’s role as an ambassador for Detroit techno, both through endeavors such as DEMF and his label, Planet E, have made him a treasure of the dance music community. Craig will play alongside D3 resident/and creator DJ Lady D and Chicago/Detroit favorite Jason Patrick, on Smart Bar’s top-notch Funktion One sound system. It is a terrific honor for the D3 event team, in conjunction with Smart Bar, to host Mr. Craig’s much-anticipated return to Chicago.
Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet, the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The 41-year old producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader. He saw his first release in 1989 on Virgin UK, with subsequent releases on Transmat and Fragile. Craig then launched his own imprint, Planet e, in 1991, using the production name 69. Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording names he has used — Innerzone Orchestra, 69, BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. Under a rotating cast of titles he has consistently churned out a succession of full length albums, mix CDs, EPs and singles including: “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997) “Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004),“Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2007), “Paris Live” (2007), the career retrospective double CD “Sessions” (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009) and “Recomposed” (2009). In addition, Craig is a much sought after remixer who received a Grammy nomination for his re-take of the Junior Boys track, “Like a Child”. 2011 will mark 20 years of Planet e, which is in an extremely active release cycle this year. Performing November 19 at the fourth installment of D3 will mark Craig’s first Chicago appearance in four years.
Known widely as Chicago’s Queen of House Music, Darlene Jackson aka Lady D has been rocking dance floors nationally and internationally since 1995 with a sound that transverses techno, house, acid, disco and back again. Recent remixes and productions with the likes of Gold-record producing Ron Carroll and up and comer Max Loomis, have found Jackson’s focus shifting to studio work, and her 15 year anniversary tour Fame 15, playing in cities this Fall and Winter. Her audiences are diverse; from celebrity bashes for the likes of Queen Latifah and Black Eyed Peas to packed rooms in Europe, Asia and Russia. Also known for top-notch A & R, Lady D managed the AfterHours label, and now runs her own imprint, D’lectable Music. The Chicago Public Library currently features Lady D and D’lectable in their Fall ad campaign. As resident DJ, Lady D’s energetic sets are a consistent measure of quality for every D3. On November 19 she will play with Loomis for a dynamic Joint Effort tag team.
Joining Mr. Craig and Lady D behind the decks, is Chicago’s Jason Patrick, formerly of Detroit. Jason’s recent appearances at Varsity All-Stars in Chicago, Bionic in San Francisco, and reSOLUTE Detroit have earned him a reputation for seamless mixing in his DJ sets and tight, well-mastered original productions. His Klectik 005 project, “Octollo,” received the support of top DJs. Jason now finds himself quite busy with remix projects and directing new projects for his label Klectik. His recent remix for Dilo and Gurtz recent “Lotus Brainbow” EP has been widely acclaimed and is currently climbing the Beatport charts.
D’lectable Music is respected industry-wide for releasing some of the hottest records since 2004 with names as diverse as DJ Sneak, Style of Eye and more. In an effort to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, Nadia Podolsky’s VOLATL Events has booked a myriad of genre-defining artists including Jeff Mills, Bruno Pronsato, Adam Beyer, Camea, Mr. C and more, while producing dozens of memorable events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to sound arrays. ArtKiwon, under the direction of SAIC grad and curator Kiwon Choi, has coordinated dozens of multimedia installations and shows. Art for this session of the D3 series will include installations from Choi, live video by Galina Shevchenko, interactive/relational experiences via Hoyun Son and live paintings done by Slang Jones to the music of our stellar DJ’s. VOLATL and Artkiwon work alongside D’lectable to curate the D3 night. A comprehensive scope of music, fashion, art and dance is what D3 seeks to achieve with every outing. Pre-Sale tickets are available via smartbarchicago.com, or will be 12 USD at the door (before midnight) 15 USD after.