Derrick Carter (Spain)
Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the best DJs in the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music.
Although known as one of the key players of Chicago's house music wave in the '90s, Derrick Carter began DJ'ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions. Raised in the western suburbs, Derrick was into music from a young age; during his teens, Chicago's house scene sucked him in for good and before long he became a strong presence in the city's underground dance scene. "When I got my driver's license at 16 my sneak ability was validated," he laughs. "I was a fierce bedroom jock for a long time. After you mix for the love of it for six or seven years, you get it pretty tight and you can take it on the road."
He got by working at dance-music speciality stores like Gramaphone and gigging at parties, later landing regular DJ stints at Shelter, Foxy's, and Smart Bar; though he doesn't often spin locally, his unannounced appearances at friends' parties leave people queuing around the block. Derrick's sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside conformative club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz, and whatever else catches his fancy to jack the beat and rock the party.