ew uh.

devoted to the NOT.

plaslaiko percussion (lab).


12.23pm, day is thursday, year is 2010, month is january…and i thought i’d have nothing to write about until now. well, not really write…more like copy and paste. so during the pool tournament last night at archies that i nearly won (jk…i lost after the first game, thanks obama and pete for fucking up my concentration) we got on the conversation of techno and i happened to mention that my favorite dj is derek plaslaiko. so since he was mentioned in the neighborhood, and my computer is located in the neighborhood with his music in my iTunes, technically, i can write about it. there’s not much that gets me excited these days other than a delicious beer, a new record, and an amazing set. any set that plaslaiko plays is golden. so check out the freshly uploaded exclusive dj mix for percussion lab: http://www.percussionlab.com/sets/derek_plaslaiko/exclusive_dj_mix

here’s his bio via ghostly international:

Some people filter through the record bins, taking what are on the wall or record store employee suggestions. Then there are people who dig deeper into the dusty crates, and absorb music like a sponge; ignoring labels, bucking trends – forever on a quest to find the perfect record. Derek Plaslaiko unquestionably falls into the latter category. As a teen equally transfixed by Mojo and Wizard cassettes and Minor Threat 7”s, Plaslaiko followed the beats from his hometown 20 miles south of Detroit to the epicenter of Detroit techno, then enjoying its third wave of success. He quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit, and was a crucial piece of the puzzle for the legendary Poorboy and Analog parties of the mid-nineties. He quickly earned a reputation for forward thinking DJ sets that were clinical, sophisticated and extremely sensual. This combination resulted in a residency for Family, the weekly party at Detroit’s Motor. With a reputation for high energy sets that were versatile and tasteful, Plaslaiko slowly became in

demand on the Midwestern club circuit; sharing the stage with such techno luminares as John Acquaviva, Kevin Saunderson, Richardo Villalobos, Baby Ford, and Matthew Herbert. It was also during that time Plaslaiko was asked by Carl Craig to perform at the inaugural edition of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. In 2003, Plaslaiko became part of the original team of DJs at Detroit’s Untitled parties, sharing a residency with Tadd Mullinix (aka James T. Cotton), Matthew Dear and Mike Servito. In 2004 he made the decision to head east and set up camp in New York City, determined to bring a slice of the Motor City to the Big Apple. Currently, Derek is one of the resident DJs at the Bunker (Subtonic) in NYC, as well as an integral part of the Wolf + Lamb monthly parties. He was honored in the Village Voice 2006 “Best Of” poll as New York’s Best Techno DJ and has been traveling the globe since dropping ridiculous mixes for sites like Resident Advisor in the process.

i’m so excited to see him and a shitload of other djs in NYC next weekend for the unsound festival.

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One Response

  1. Pete Del Re says:

    Yeah, sorry about that… it’s just that if i don’t get my customers drunk it’s like i’m not doing my job well. i think i did my job very well last night.

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