It was 2013 when Fritz Carlton dropped it all in search of strange tones and quirky grooves, retreating to the depths of his San Francisco studio. Grueling days into nights at the helm earned him a deep knowledge of analogue synthesizers and a unique outlier sound he could call his own. Three years later Fritz has emerged as a purveyor of wonky shades of House and long nights on the West-Coast’s darkest dancefloors.
His self-proclaimed ‘Weirdo-House’ sound has come to personify the bizarre scenes in which it was conceived. Hypnotic basslines, unconventional breaks and a dizzying sense of timing carries fans on a sometimes psychedelic, always strange journey from peaktime to sunrise; A flag-bearing genre of party-freaks from coasts-to-coast.
2016 has been truly massive for Fritz. A standout performance at the Desert Hearts Spring Festival was one of the most talked about of the weekend by fans, friends and critics alike, leading into his debut release on the collectives burgeoning Desert Hearts Records imprint. The ‘That’s My Kinda Night’ EP has emerged as the labels biggest to date, earning support from Claude Vonstroke, Doc Martin, Huxley, Kry Wolf, Hannah Wants, Justin Jay, Riva Starr, Joyce Muniz, The Glitz, Billy Kenny, and more.
Fritz has released on a slew of labels during this breakout stretch, including This Ain’t Bristol singles ‘Mohki’ and ‘Bruce Wayne’, his ’‘Feel It’ EP on Perfect Driver, the ‘No Law in Dancing’ EP on Nite Records, ‘Go!’ EP on Lazer Native and many more momentous highlights.
During his passionate treck through the minds and hearts of the underground, Fritz has remained true to an unabashed sense of sonic exploration and a clear rejection of the rules. With nothing off limits, this explosive talent looks towards to the future with a crazed smile on his face and an ear towards the sounds of tomorrow.
"one of the scene’s most exciting new producers" - Pulse Radio
"His tunes often maintain a frenetic, syncopated energy that's brought back to center by subtle grooves. I guess that's why they call him Fritz." - THUMP/VICE
"....the kind of spastic percussion and wonky sound design that has become a staple of Carlton’s sound" - Dancing Astronaut
Supported by: Claude Vonstroke, Huxley, Doc Martin, Desert Hearts Crew, Kill Frenzy, Kry Wolf, Riva Starr, Hannah Wants, Joyce Muniz, The Glitz, Golf Clap, Billy Kenny, Justin Jay, Treasure Fingers, Lux Groove, Eyes Everywhere, Doctor Jeep, Sinden, Astronomar, Lubelski, Wood Holly, Ghostea, ADMN, Doug English & more...
Artist with releases on Desert Hearts, This Ain't Bristol, Perfect Driver Music, Them Flavors, Grooverdose Records & Laser Native. Forthcoming music on Sounds of Sumo.