Derek Plaslaiko has never been far from techno’s epicenter. The sounds of Detroit lured him from his nearby hometown 20 miles south of the motor city as a teen, and he’s been one with the machine ever since.
Plaslaiko honed his knowledge working at Detroit’s famed record store, Record Time, by day while becoming a stalwart of the city’s mid-90’s warehouse scene by night. Keeping the club alive with fresh selections on a Tuesday night is no easy feat, but Plaslaiko did so with style and grace every week during his residency at Family. None other than Carl Craig caught on and asked Derek to help open up the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000.
A move to New York saw Plaslaiko quickly take up and maintain a residency at the esteemed Bunker, playing alongside scene heroes such as Daniel Bell, Marcel Dettmann, and many more. Now based in Berlin, Plaslaiko has immersed himself in the city’s thriving techno scene centered around Berghain/Panorama Bar, focusing on production and allowing holding down his spot as a techno DJ’s DJ. Plaslaiko has been known to keep it going for 12+ hours in the mix, mixing genres from house, techno, hip-hop, and even classic rock. He digs deeper than most, and his 20+ year tenure in the game has allowed to amass quite the collection.
There’s no better spot in Boston than The Good Life to hold down Plaslaiko’s high energy onslaught. The concrete basement aesthetic will keep the mood minimal and the sound banging. Red Bull Music Academy will be recording the event, so this is your chance to tell all your friends, “I was there!” while you listen to that hypnotic track that a few too many vodka mixers caused to slip through your memory after a transcendent moment of dance floor ecstasy.