Friday, January 21, 2011
Planet-E - 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet
20 Years of Planet-E
*2011 World Tour, Planet-E ‘Best Of’ Album - '20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet', Artist album releases, EP releases, Remix packages and more to come...
In 2011, Carl Craig's Planet E will be 20 years old and to celebrate he is taking Planet-E on tour throughout the world for the first time, ever.
Craig will be joined by guests throughout the year including Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Psycatron, Paul Woolford, Radio Slave, Chris Liebing and many others. Stage one of the world tour begins March, with March dates including London, Berlin, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Vienna and more. The tour will continue the whole of 2011 and will include USA, Japan, Australia and South America.
Alongside the heavy touring schedule will be album and EP releases on Planet-E from Carl Craig and other Planet-E artists. The first album release of 2011 will be ‘20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet’ - a best of Planet-E compilation featuring artists including Carl Craig, Recloose, Martin Buttrich, Kenny Larkin and Basic Channel, to be initially released on February 22nd digital only (PE/RA/Beatport/C2 website/PE website/iTunes). Alongside the digital release will be a competition for people to complete a poll and suggest which tracks should be pressed onto a limited edition vinyl box set, to be released in June 2011.
Also starting in March will be a monthly vinyl / digital remix release from the Planet E and Carl Craig back catalogue. Artists including Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Kevin Saunderson, Francois K, Mad Mike Banks, Dennis Ferrer, and others have selected their favourite track from the Planet E back catalogue to remix and release. First up will be a Luciano remix of Recloose's 'Can't Take It', and monthly remix releases to follow.
One of the leading electronic music labels in the history of the genre, Planet E, is taking a moment to celebrate and share a bit of its history, before getting back to the business of looking forward to the future.
More release and tour announcements will be made throughout 2011.
For full details of the Carl Craig / Planet E tour and Planet E release news in 2011 go to www.carlcraig.net
First Quarter Releases:
20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet – Released Feb 22 (digital only) – a limited edition vinyl box set to follow in June (selected by fans).
Recloose ‘Can’t Take it’ Luciano remix – Released March
Mini Q & A with Carl Craig
When and how did planet e start?
Planet E Communications began in 1991 as my desire to control my own musical destiny. I was tired of other people having a say in what I did musically (A&R, partners, etc) so I took the bull by the horns and obtained my independence.
What was the first release?
69 ‘4 Jazz Funk Classics’. I am a big Throbbing Gristle fan.
What does planet e represent for you?
Pure independent vision. If the music is good then let’s release it to the people. Planet-E has been all about music.
Where does the name planet e come from?
There was a documentary on space travel (which had Brian Eno's ‘Apollo’ as the sound track) and I was so entranced by it. I'm an idea man (I should have been in advertising). Planet E is Earth and the communication has a double meaning between the voice communications between the space travelers and NASA, but also the fact that using the word "communications" doesn’t restrict the future possibilities of PE's endeavors.
Tell me about the compilation - 20 years is a long time! How did the name of the compilation come about also..?
It’s a celebration! We never celebrated 10yrs so this it! The name came from the idea "It’s been a fucking long time"…
How do you feel about the artists coming on tour with you? What can people expect from the tour?
They're all geniuses! What can be expected is that we're going to have a great time celebrating the music. No bullshit.
And about your hometown Detroit…
Detroit is musically a magical city. We've had so much wonderful music to come from here; from native Detroiters, who have been influential to so much other music globally. I find that I make much better music when I'm in Detroit. To outsiders the city seem desolate and ominous, but to me the city is so electric!