MxCM – Craig Richards
Craig Richards is a visual artist, producer, record collector, gentleman of the night and mind altering selector who has shaped the musical identity of Fabric, the 25,000 square feet underground club set in the Metropolitan Cold Stores. Each and every week he creates an inspiring soundtrack for the club, never the same and always challenging, his early morning sets are legendary.
For Musicity x Culture Mile, Craig created a piece in response to the spaces of Fabric.
At home at Fabric, his Musicity track encaptures the cavernous atmosphere of one of the world’s most important electronic music venues.
Here, he shares his insights:
This little piece of music is about Fabric's wonderful and complicated journey. I first visited it when it was a decommissioned meat fridge called the Cold Stores. We had to enter by way of a laddy and it had long since passed the point of hygiene or purpose. Over a two year period, the damp arches and storage chambers were painstakingly reconstructed into the three floor, brick labyrinth we now know as Fabric.
It soon became one of the most important electronic music venues in the world. Sound, light, staircases, bars and dance floors completed the transformation.
My residency has spanned twenty years, I have played well over 700 Saturday nights there. So when asked to represent it with sound, I assumed it would be straightforward. Of course, it was not!
I settled in this modest little tune to tell the story. From meat to music and from cold to hot. From closure to reopening.
Fabric's heartbeat is as strong as ever.
‘Fabric’ by Craig Richards releases May 18 as part of Sound Unbound 2019.
To listen to ‘Fabric’, open the Musicity x Culture Mile Web App and go to Fabric!
Photo credit: Mark Allan.