In The Spirit - Craig Smith
A stalwart on the scene from a young age eventually led Craig Smith to make his DJ'ing debut in 1987 at Edinburgh's legendary club night The Hooch. Smith’s initial influences were boogie, jazz funk, soul and the emerging sounds of rap and house and it was a natural progression into the modern production techniques and sounds of dance music. Smith is known for his non-compromising attitude for the music he loves, as well as his skill in extended sets, crossing genres seamlessly and effortlessly. Craig Smith has always refused to be categorised, preferring to be known for playing "quality dance music". This has led to an impeccable international reputation with gigs and radio appearances worldwide and in his own hometown he is notorious as Irvine Welsh's favourite DJ with a mention in his books.
Craig Smith’s production work has also been met with great critical acclaim with records out on various labels such as EMI, Virgin, Hush Hush, In Demand, Maxi, Five20East and Soul Heaven - both under his own name and via various guises, such as Harden Soul Project, The Wayfarers, The Soul Renegades, The Shaw Height Assembly and more recently 6th Borough Project.
Smith 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. Recent music has been gaining considerable airtime and respect from such heavy hitters as Kenny Dope, Giles Peterson, Simbad, Karizma, Jimpster, Terry Hunter, Danny Krivit, Chris Duckenfield, Joe Clausell, Quinten Harris, Todd Terje, Mad Matts and a host of others. Craig Smith is a long-term resident at Southport Weekender, Suncebeat and a family member of Neil Pierce’s Deep Into Soul.