If you are in the Bay Area there is one really great lineup at the Demon Days party at club Mezzanine in San Francisco tonight featuring legendary Detroit producer/DJ Carl Craig along with Gamall (Demon Days, NYC), plus the Bay Area's own longtime UK transplant Jonah Sharp under his Spacetime Continuum moniker featuring Nigerian drummer Sikiru Adepoju. And to top it off, local turntable crew [KONTROL] DJs featuring Alland Byallo, Nikola Baytala, Craig Kuna, and Sammy D will also be spinning throughout the night.
Carl Craig, accurately described as "the forefather of the second wave of Detroit techno," picked up where Juan Atkins and company started with that strain of electronic music in the Michigan city. In addition to being a super-talented, dedicated producer/DJ/remixer, Craig is also a committed cultural anthropologist and in 2000 was chosen as curator of the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival (something he since discontinued, as curator but not as a performer). As is evident in the above recent interview with the artist by UK based dollop, Carl Craig is always aware of and giving props to his city of Detroit and all the artists who have hailed from "the motor city" over the years including Kevin Saunderson, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, and the White Stripes.
Over the past 17 years, Craig, like many electronic music producers, has recorded not just under his own name but also under a myriad of aliases including Paperclip People and Innerzone Orchestra. As the latter in 1992 he released the popular early early drum N bass track "Bug in The Bassbin." One of his more recent releases under his own name is the fantastic 2008 double CD set Carl Craig Sessions on !K7 that is available at Amoeba Music. At tonight's San Francisco show Craig wll be joined by "co-pilot" Gamall, a former member of Genesis P Orridge's Psychic TV and currently of Demon Days, NYC.
Back in 1992 the Scottish born Jonah Sharp relocated from London to San Francisco and has been making pioneering music that is usually one step ahead of what everyone else is doing (hence his longevity in a typically fickle genre) under various names but mostly under Spacetime Continuum. He has recorded for Astralwerks, Virgin, and his own label Reflective Records. He has DJ'ed and performed live electronic music all over, including at the original Carl Craig curated Detroit Electronic Music Festival eight years ago. As a remixer Sharp has remixed such artists as Nine Inch Nails and Meat Beat Manifesto fronted by Jack Dangers -- another British ex-pat living in the Bay Area. Below is a video featuring some of Sharp's music. For tonight's set at Mezzanine he will be joined by the African percussion of Nigerian drumming maestro Sikiru Adepoju.
Showtime tonight at Mezzanine is 10PM to 2AM. Tix are $14 in advance and can be purchased here.
JONAH SHARP/SPACETIME CONTINUUM