Best techno party DJ - 2006
Derek Plaslaiko, formerly a fixture on the party circuit in that original techno mecca, Detroit, now graces our fine city with appearances at practically every dance music event worth going to, and Detroit's loss is firmly New York's gain. His sets are an education in the secret history of techno. Bleeding-edge tracks that won't be released until next week shake hands with older dance classics, and it all makes sense thanks to masterful mixing and an expert's ear. But he's far from being a distant presence behind the decks; his gregarious, friendly personality rubs off on the room, upping the positive vibes and making New York a better place to be.