“Harley” director Jean-Cosme Delaloye has wrapped production on a documentary celebrating the pioneering Detroit techno music producer. Carl Craig.
“Desire: The Carl Craig Story” is structured as an intimate portrait of Craig and an ode to his beloved Detroit. Set against the backdrop of Detroit’s decline and recovery, the film follows the career of a producer whose genre-defying techno has been performed for jazz enthusiasts at the Montreux Jazz Festival and major classical music venues in all over the world, including Carnegie Hall. The film features artists such as Gilles Peterson, Roni Size, Laurent Garnier, DJ Minx, Kenny Larkin, Moritz von Oswald and James Lavelle, who worked with Craig and played a major role in bringing techno and electronic music to the masses throughout over the years.
The global documentary goes from dance floor to dance floor with stops in Detroit, the Montreux Jazz Festival, London, Bristol, Chicago, New York and Ciudad Juárez, among many other places. The trip ends in Los Angeles, where Craig opened his Party/After Party exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in April 2023.
“Desire” is produced by Dan Wechsler for the Swiss production company Board Cadre Movies and Andreas Roald on behalf of the United Kingdom Sovereign Films. The companies previously collaborated on “Triangle of Sadness.” The film is supported by the Federal Office of Culture (Switzerland) and the regional film fund Cinéforom (Geneva).
“Harley” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020. Delaloye recently completed the “Harley” sequel, “Scars We Carry.”
Craig said: “I would love for people to clearly understand that traveling is not just a rock and roll lifestyle. It’s not all glitz and glamour. I want people to see an aspect of my life that is as real and normal as someone who works any kind of job. I get to do a lot of fun things, a lot of things that people wish they could do, but my daily life can be very normal, like everyone else’s.”
Delaloye added: “I wanted the audience to feel Carl’s music and personality. There are so many layers, textures and flavors to his music that he wanted people to understand. Techno is much more than mechanical rhythms and beats. It’s the sound of Detroit’s racial and economic struggles. Desire is also the story of an artist who dedicated his entire career to perfecting his sound while staying down to earth, and created a unique sound that traveled around the world.”
Roald, CEO of Sovereign, said: “Carl Craig’s music is both mystical and mechanical, reflecting both the exuberance of nightclubs and the desolation of Detroit, and we are excited to produce the story of one of the greatest stars of the electronic music market”.