Friday, December 9th • Bar opens 8PM, Roof opens 9PM, Club doors 10PM
Ryan Elliott is half of the A&R team behind Matthew Dear's Spectral Sound imprint, and a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar. His "Panorama Bar 06" is an example to all DJs in the art of programming a mix. Derek Plaslaikois a member of Detroit's Interdimensional Transmissions crew, responsible for a label of the same name and the legendary No Way Back party series. Our own Dansman does the opening honors for this edition of FOCUS, thawing the room with acidic, chunky and dub-techno selections.
Tix on sale 10/11 at 12PM
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“What matters most, above all else, is what comes through the speakers,” says Detroit’s Ryan Elliot. “It must be the right track at the right time, delivered in the right way.” Nobody knows this better than Elliott, whose distinction as an internationally respected DJ, remixer, and one-half of Spectral Sound’s A&R team has grown steadily over his decade-plus behind the decks. They don’t hand out “DJ’s DJ” reputations at the club door, and Elliott’s is well-earned and well-deserved.
Ryan Elliott's early days included legendary residencies at Ann Arbor’s Goodnight Gracies and Detroit’s Shelter, which soon gave way to a rigorous international travel schedule. He began working crowds at clubs and festivals around the world, from NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona’s Sonar by Night, and tailoring his approach to each show with a meticulous ear and a bottomless record collection. Influenced by his hometown staples (Axis, Purpose Maker, M Plant, and UR) along with international labels like Perlon, Playhouse, and early Kompakt, Ryan inhabits his kick drums, becoming an extension of the music and vice versa.
2009 saw Elliott relocating to Berlin to further his focus on DJing, production, and helming Spectral Sound’s growing roster from a newly international perspective. “Berlin and Detroit may not look the same, but they feel the same," he says. "The connection isn't just in the music, but also in both cities rough edges and honest hearts."
Ryan Elliot's sound remains unchanged: bassline-driven techno and house reduced to their essence, thoughtfully calibrated to drive crowds out of their minds. The time is right, the tracks are right, and Ryan Elliott is exactly where he needs to be.
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 and are forever on a quest to find the perfect record. The ones that make the staunchest of chin stroking, note taking trainspotters lose their shit on the dancefloor, hanging on every record from one to the next. Derek Plaslaiko unquestionably falls into the latter category.
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.
Currently, Derek is one of the resident DJs at the Bunker (Public Assembly) in NYC. Most recently, he was honored in the Village Voice 2006’s “Best Of” poll as New York’s Best Techno DJ. And this will be the year we finally hear some production out of him with releases scheduled for Perc Trax and Introduction Records.