Craig Smith’s DJ career has been on the go for over 20 years. From his own famous “Audio Deluxe” parties – where a 10 year residency saw him play, host and gain the respect of all the major players on the dance music scene – to numerous gigs at every major club across the globe, he’s become known for his non-compromising attitude to the music he loves, refusing to be categorised, preferring to be known simply for playing “quality dance music”.
Always listening to, and collecting, music as a kid, Craig started searching out club nights that would quench his musical thirst, and in the early ’80s he found them at parties like “Manifesto” that really inspired and turned him on to a fresh and exciting scene that none of his school friends were even aware of.
Becoming a stalwart on the scene from a young age led him to make his DJing debut in 1987 at Edinburgh’s legendary club night The Hooch. His initial influences were boogie, jazz funk, soul and the emerging sounds of rap and house and for him it was a natural progression into the modern production techniques and sounds of dance music.
His recording work is always met with great critical acclaim. He’s released on labels such as EMI, Virgin, Hush Hush, In Demand, Maxi, Five20East and Soul Heaven under his own name and various guises, such as Harden Soul Project, The Wayfarers, The Soul Renegades and The Shaw Height Assembly and more recently 6th Borough Project. He has remixed tracks for the likes of Cevin Fisher, Roland Clark, Afro Medusa, Beverly Knight, Soul Providers, Moloko, and the Hong Kong Micros amongst others.