FAC 51 The Hacienda’s next Manchester event sees it return to The Albert Hall with another top class line up on Friday 24th Marc featuring house legends Kerri Chandler and Derrick Carter.
Having a brought a succession of the best American DJ’s to the venue so far including Frankie Knuckles, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales and more, March’s party is no exception with Delano Smith making it three US DJs on a bill that also features The Hacienda’s Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva.
House icon and inspiration, New Jersey’s Kerri Chandler has become one of the foremost of house music’s originators. His DJ’ing appearances see him perform and remix live and he will be adding to his Albert Hall playing keyboards into the mix.
Meanwhile, born in the Chicago House scene, Derrick Carter was instrumental in creating that sound and has built himself a reputation as one of the true underground pioneers. Considered one of the DJ’s other DJ’s look up to, Derrick sets are legend for his range of records and innovative mixing.
One of Detroit’s early and original DJ’s, Delano Smith merged early electronica with the sounds of the city back then. Coming back to the decks around a decade ago, he has forged a great reputation, infusing that style with house and techno grooves whilst his production work as “Delano” has won admiration and acclaim world-wide.
Derrick, Kerri, and Delano are joined by The Hacienda’s Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva rounding up a stellar line up for its first Manchester event of the year.
We caught up with Derrick Carter…
Derrick you’re coming to play for The Hacienda in Manchester,, what do you know of the history and heritage of the club?
I actually played The Hacienda quite some time ago in the mid Nineties with Robert Owens, Kenny Hawkes, and some other folks. My memory isn’t what it used to be. I know it was one of the cornerstones of what laid the foundation for dance music in the UK. And of course with it being part of Factory Records and with my interest in the myth and lore of that whole scene, it was an amazing experience.
When you’ve to Manchester before, what are your impressions of the city and its music scene? Are there any Manchester artists or DJs you have an affinity for?
I like Manchester. I used to date someone there a very long time ago and along with my Sankey’s affiliation and other gigs I would visit the city quite regularly. The people are decent and there are plenty of heads who like to get down and are serious about their music. Even going back to working with the Hard Times guys and going to Rae & Christian’s studio, hanging out with the Paper Records crew and people like that on through to the kids I hang out with now. I have fun there.
You played at The Albert Hall on New Years Eve, what did you think of the venue and occasion?
The venue staff were great, the party was great, and I had a good time. I’m not one for a ton of platitudes but if I didn’t enjoy it, you best know I wouldn’t hold my tongue if asked about it.
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