Artist, record collector, dreamer, DJ, producer and gentleman of the night - Craig Richards can be described in many ways but most of all he is a storyteller. His ability to bring life, breadth and narrative to everything he does is the secret to his success.
Unlike many of his peers Craig has achieved worldwide recognition by staying in one place. His eighteen year period as artist in residence at Fabric in London has not only defined the musical output of the world’s most famous club but in doing so has shaped British underground music.
The story begins in Bournemouth during the mid-eighties. Whilst working as a rockabilly barber Craig, inspired by visits to London and the madness of bank holidays in his seaside hometown, started organising small gatherings in pubs, basements and a cabaret club. The soundtrack was jazz, funk, reggae, disco and soul. In 1984 he lived in Hollywood - A rough, edgy and forgotten Hollywood where seminal downtown warehouse parties Dirtbox and power tools affected his vision of the future. The energy and excitement of underground parties became part of his existence. Subsequent visits to Paradise Garage, Danceteria and save the robots in New York and then later Shoom, Taboo, The mud club in London cemented a lifelong love of clubs and parties. In 1987 he was given a place at St. Martins School of Art in London, just as acid house fever descended on the Capital. Between studies he and a few friends threw parties in the legendary college coffee bar (where the Sex Pistols performed their first gig). In 1991 Craig was accepted to the Royal college of art where again, he would DJ regularly in the coffee bar to an array of weird and wonderful art students. After college with the full force of acid house and a colourful crowd behind him he began organising larger themed events named ‘Georgie’ in tribute of vintage playboy George Best. The parties were incredibly successful. They were elaborately decorated affairs and took place in film studios and unique spaces around London. During this time Craig worked as an artist making and exhibiting paintings, working as a designer for clients like Absolut Vodka, Paul Smith, Sapporo beer and dancer Michael Clark.
Aside from the reinstatement of his residency at the club that rose up from the ashes. Craig’s latest undertaking is the curation of an arts and music festival in Norfolk. Every artist has been chosen been personally considered by Craig himself and invited on merit alone. HOUGHTON aims to fuse art and music over a three day period. A four stage, three day festival, in a beautiful setting with and an existing art collection will happen in August.