FOCUS: Derek Plaslaiko - Mozhgan at Flash

Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Derek Plaslaiko (the bunker New York | BERLIN)
  • mozhgan (we are monsters | san francisco)
  • Markinthedark 

  • green room: dc house grooves
  • katrina Mir 
  • andy grant
  • ramirez 

  • flash bar: GRoove syndicate
  • browz & Shcwander 
  • neko berg

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Derek Plaslaiko, member of Detroit's Interdimensional Transmissions crew and label, returns to DC dropping more house and techno and everything that falls between. Known for his decade-long residency at The Bunker New York, or for his responsibility for the legendary No Way Back party series or maybe even as one of the best Techno DJs dating as far back as the 2000’s, the full Plaslaiko musical experience is one that has gained him a steady fanbase across the globe. 

Sonic alchemist, Mozhgan from We Are Monsters (San Francisco), heats the room up taking us on a voyage across mysterious planes and through wondrous vortexes. With an eclectic range of tracks, her music varies from house to acid house to techno and industrial, pushing the limits of the status quo. Mozhgan’s reputable musical language has landed her gigs at festivals such as Sunset Campout, Dekmantel Festival, Circoloco Ibiza, Primavera Sound Festival, and Mutek Festival. A Flash FOCUS event not to be missed. 


Many DJs have reputations defined by a certain place and time. Not so for Derek Plaslaiko, whose 20-year career behind the decks has seen him gather a loyal fan base wherever and whenever he may be.

Some will know Derek as a favorite of the mid-90s Detroit warehouse scene, which lead to a personal invite from Carl Craig to appear at the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. Others recognize him from his near decade-long residency at The Bunker New York parties, during which time he was named “Best Techno Party DJ” by the Village Voice in 2006. Then there was the summer of 2011 spent behind the decks at Berlin’s infamous Club der Visionaere, as an honorary resident at the weekly Visionquest nights—a worthy introduction to the city he now calls home.

Of late, there is a new generation of party people who will know Plaslaiko from his extended sets (up to 12 hours) in New York, Paris, Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, or his regular appearances at clubs like Tresor, Hot Mass, Beta, Output, Smart Bar and Berghain, and festivals like Decibel, Communikey and Movement. Or some who caught his name on the flier for the No Way Back series of parties put on by Interdimensional Transmissions, the Detroit imprint that has put out several of Plaslaiko’s rare original releases, along with Perc Trax and Minus.

There are tens of thousands of others who caught on to Plaslaiko following his record-breaking 12-hour Boiler Room set, where he gave viewers a look into his living room, while friends and friend’s toddlers enjoyed the day. This landmark session properly archived the full Plaslaiko musical experience, from flawless house and techno, to hip-hop, classic rock, and whatever other musical moment this life-long record obsessive chooses to share. And let’s not forget the thousands of folks who have befriended Plaslaiko while sharing the dance floor with this committed clubber who refuses to hang out in the booth and will always skip the DJ dinner in favor of catching one of his peers behind the decks.


Mozhgan is a sonic alchemist who’s musical languages traverse between mysterious planes and wondrous vortexes. Her singular technique focuses on uncanny juxtapositions of sound that seamlessly unify and project spiritual light, creating luminous pronunciations that voyage deep into the shadowy spaces of the subconscious. As an acolyte of the acidic temple, and founder of the We are Monsters gatherings, Mozhgan fearlessly confronts the constricting limits of the status quo while simultaneously rejecting them with arcane spells that defy time and space.

By projecting hypnotic sound waves that rupture the mundane, her cosmic utterances permit extraterrestrial passages that venture beyond the tranquil pathways of familiarity.