Many clubbers and criticasters may think the beautiful country of Sweden is all about the Swedish House Mafia, but a young trance producer from Gothenburg named Carl B blows that fact right out of the water. Already a successful and established producer in his own right, Carl B is unquestionably one of the new generations leading lights. Coming out of nowhere in 2005 with his pounding beats and euphoric melodies, Carl has continued to put his signature sound to many huge tracks on an impressive resume of globally acclaimed labels.
Christian Rusch and Carl B
Born as Carl Barrdahl in 1984 in a village just outside of Gothenburg (Sweden) which is still his current habitat, Carl B discovered dance music in an early stage of his life. While growing up, Carl listened to and got influenced by music of synthesizer legends Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis, and was struck by the epicness of many film soundtracks. This without a doubt marked his future love for epic music and large arrangements and of course influenced his sound when he began producing music in a later stage of his life. Since then, Carl has been highly productive as a trance producer ever since.
His debut release “All Day” got signed to DJ Precision’s imprint Somatic Sense in 2005, followed by releases like Solitude and Social Suicide a year later on Somatic Sense and its sublabel Profuse. In 2007, Carl reached a personal milestone as he had his official DJ debut in Poland, with quality gigs to follow at amongst others The Gallery at Turnmills (UK), the Monday Bar Cruise in Sweden and on the Elements Of Life Release Party in Copenhagen (Denmark), where he was up to the task to warm up for Tiesto. It was in the same year that Carl signed two of his trance gems to Fraction Records, a label owned and managed by Signalrunners.
The year 2008 proved to be a fortunate and exciting year for Carl, by releasing an excellent series of releases and landing solid record deals. Carl got signed to the biggest labels such as Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance and Markus Schulz’s imprint Coldharbour Recordings.
A co-production with German based producer Talla2XLC resulted in the collaboration release “Giving Up Giving In” on Talla’s Tetsuo label.
Monday Bar Summer Cruise 2008
It didn’t take long before Carl got noticed by the undisputed emperor of trance Tiësto, who signed Carl to his company Black Hole Recordings to be a part of the In Trance We Trust roster. His introduction to Tiësto’s imprint resulted in the release of â€œDeliveranceâ€ featuring the characteristic vocals of the much in demand singer/songwriter Tiff Lacey. Its follow up â€œJust A Thoughtâ€ earned a spot on Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Volume 7 and when Carl’s “Life Can Wait” featured on the Elements Of Life DVD, he firmly secured his position amongst his fellow roster members. Like a cherry on the trance cake, Carl also received huge recognition when he was being crowned as “Breakthrough DJ of 2008″ by Tiësto, which gave him an ultimate prove of artistic accomplishment.
His list of remixes is just as impressive as his discography. Superstar artists like a.o. Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Hiver & Hammer and Talla2XLC, and companies such as Armada Music, Ultra Records, Tetsuo and his home base Black Hole Recordings all received a piece of Carl’s outstanding remix capabilities.
Continuing Carl’s list of achievements, the year 2009 couldn’t have started better for this Swedish youngster. Following the path of colleagues such as Johan Gielen, Cor Fijneman, Mark Norman, Phynn, Misja Helsloot and Ton T.B., Carl was approached to compile and mix Volume 13 of one of the most powerful compilation series in the scene, In Trance We Trust, scheduled for release in February 2009. Being a part of this prestigious CD series, Carl immediately entered the illustrious Hall Of Trance Fame and established Carl’s reputation even more vastly.
The future is set to be massive for Carl with many more releases and remix work scheduled for 2009 and beyond.