Derrick Carter is a man who prefers to let his music do the talking, so we’re extremely honoured that the American house star took time out to give a rare interview ahead of his April 3 date at Pacha Ibiza Dubai.
We’re very happy to have you back in the city, you’ve been here plenty of times – always had fun and a good reaction?
I’ve had my share of fun. not always a good reaction though. I was called a “loser” because I didn’t play trance once. And a few other things...
It’s nearly 30 years since your first EP release with Mark Farina – how does that time feel to you, fast/slow? Does working in clubs make you feel older or younger?
25 years. Don’t make me older than I am I don’t have a concept of it really. I don’t think about it in that way. Just keeping it moving and trying to make my world a little better. Working in clubs has no real effect on me. It’s a job like any other job really. I go to work, see people that I know, meet new folks, get my scrilla and try to have a good time. I mean, I really like my job and there’s a ton of fun associated with it, but it doesn’t tie in to my age.
If you hadn’t made it in music, what do you think you’d be doing now?
I have no idea. I’m virtually unemployable as evidenced by my string of firings prior to actually deciding to make making music my thing.
What should good house music sound like? And is there enough good house music around at the moment?
It should sound like something that makes you feel good. I’m not going to be anyone’s judge or jury. like what you want to. Please But here’s the difference, I will talk a bunch of s*** if you act like an ass about it. like you have become the only person to sanction what is and what is not good for the musical world at large.
You’ve been asked to help write on a couple of big pop productions, including Kylie – did you say yes, what other work have you done like that?
I said maybe. Then didn’t. none. I don’t write hit songs or even try to. I just do my thing and if someone wants to get down, we can get down.
You’re a big dog fan, and have 6 (we think) - do any fly with you? And do they like house music?
I have seven and they stay home with the nanny. To be honest, they never listen to music. I don’t listen to much music around the house and they rarely some into the studio with me.
Your derphouse Twitter hashtag was very, very funny (Derrick went on a Twitter rampage, calling out deephouse DJs with the #derphouse hashtag – it quickly went viral). Did you think it would be so popular when you started it?
I didn’t start it as anything. It was a good 24hrs. Hope everyone had a laugh or two.
You’re playing at Pacha in Dubai, what’s your experience of Pacha around the world, is there something special/different about the club and the brand?
I like Pacha. I had fun in Barcelona, always fun during the two residency- ish things in Ibiza, Sydney as well. They do a good line in good parties.
As one of the city’s leading DJs, we asked Smokingroove to give us a bit of background and history on one of his favourite DJs…
Derrick has always been a fun lovin’ humble guy whenever we’ve met him, he’s always made time for quick chats between tracks or before after sets. I’ve had the pleasure of spinning with him a couple of times and can honestly say the energy he brings is truly special. Derrick consistently proves you don’t need big room hands- in- the- air- tracks to create a vibe, just love for the music you play, this has been an ethos I’ve followed my entire DJ career thanks to him, DJ Sneak and Mark Farina. Technically he’s always on point, no one can tear up an accapella like Derrick. One memory in particular that springs to mind is a few years back on a trip to london, Derrick decided to do an impromptu party at an undisclosed warehouse in the depths of East London and called it “Derrick Does Disco.” I’m almost sure this was the first one he ever did in europe. Derrick played an all disco set on CDs and 7” vinyl… Yet again the energy was incredible. Thanks for the Boompty Derrick
Pure Pacha feat. Derrick Carter, Friday April 3, Pacha Ibiza Dubai, 11pm-3am.