It’s been two years since his last visit to Music City, but Derek Plaslaiko continues to evolve, and continues to amass the fans who know him for the superlative DJ that he is. Some people filter through the record bins, taking what are on the wall or just picking from 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. The ones that make the staunchest of chin stroking, note taking trainspotters who lose their shit on the dancefloor, hanging on every record from one to the next.
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 legendary Motor.
With a reputation for high energy sets that were versatile and tasteful, Plaslaiko slowly became in demand on the Midwestern club circuit. He shared 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. Most recently, he was honored by the Village Voice as New York’s Best Techno DJ. He is also Resident Advisor’s current podcast, and you can check this mix and his interview out here.
Plaslaiko is currently traveling the country with Spectral Recording’s "Death is Nothing to Fear" Residency Tour, with stops in Cleveland, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Miami, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. We hope you’ll all come out and join us as Derek takes the decks again for another memorable night.