Carl Michaels

Carl Michaels started his career in dance music at about 16 years old, when he bought two gigantic speakers and some turntables, and solidified himself in the bustling punk-ass-suburban-kid house party scene. Jump ahead a few years, and Michaels found himself a wide-eyed young raver with a mission. Being a frequent customer at 611 Records (the local hot spot for records), Carl was able to talk owner Nigel Richards into letting him do odd tasks for random cash. He had also begun throwing cute little raves under the suggestively named Dubldipt productions moniker.

In the midst of a fruitful run at the record store, Carl made several achievements. He helped launch a successful CD label at 611, and started a new deep house imprint called Society Hill. In 1999, Carl released DiscoDubHouse, a compilation of groovy disco house gems that borrowed from such luminary artists as DJ Sneak, Roy Davis Jr, The Stickmen and King Britt to name a few.

During all of this, Carl started the PhillySoulCollective with partners Willyum, Kevin V and Jamie Johnson. This posse soon became synonymous with funky deep house and their parties gained in popularity. Thus was formed The Philadelphia Experiment ­ a four man, four turntable free-for-all that became the saving grace of the crew. To this day, this event (now monthly at Silk City Lounge) is one of the defining nights in Philly house, and even rivals the reputation of King Britt’s wildly popular Back 2 Basics parties, at the same location.

Through all of his achievements, the one thing that fueled the energy was an unmistakable sound. Michaels created a sound that was matched by few funky , deep, wild, raw, emotive. And most importantly, the sound brought a party, and that is just what people do when Carl plays. He has played with and hosted a roster of world-class talent including Boy George, Derrick Carter, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Luke Solomon, East Coast Boogiemen, Jane’s Addiction, Dj DanSthe list goes on. He also took part in a 26-city tour with DJ Dayhota, called 2 Bitches On Tour.

Today, Carl focuses on keeping the energy flowing and the momentum at a steady pace. He has been doing that since day one, and the future holds nothing less.

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