Following the beats from his hometown 20 miles south of Detroit to the epicenter of Detroit techno, Derek Plaslaiko quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit, and 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. 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. The now Berlin-based artist, famous worldwide for his 12-hour sets, is an electronic chameleon who expresses a passion for music that over-rides the usual trappings of the modern DJ industry. Any historian who takes it upon themselves to pen the tale of Canadian electronic in the years to come will most certainly find the name Mike Shannon figures early and often in it’s telling. The last 15 years have seen him become an internationally lauded producer with albums on 3 of the industry’s most respected labels (Plus 8, Force Inc, ~Scape), as well as a steady stream of consistently charted singles and remixes. From the shuffling house and techno of his solo performances to the narcotic jazz of his new Blue Fields project alongside singer Fadila and guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto, Mike Shannon‘s musical vision easily wriggles free of the usual genre signifiers and has few equals when it comes to whipping dance floors into a relentless techno frenzy. Marc Schneider is an influential DJ and producer from Hamburg who has never missed any major development or pivotal release in quality dance music. Marc Schneider can flex is DJ muscles in so many different ways and sensibly guide the crowd through a tasteful and kicking mixture of all things house and techno. Canadian DJ born and raised in Montreal but currently based in Berlin, Hreno’s music is deep but understated, soulful yet dynamic. Delivering a live set tonight, Hreno likes to layer up synths and organic percussion, or dub out his house grooves to perfection, all the while threading long grooves together into intoxicating, slow burning tapestries that slowly consume your very being. Ever since his move across the Atlantic, the man born Chris Hreno has been on an upward trajectory, releasing on labels like Sound Architecture, Fur Trade and Autochtone. We give a warm welcome back to Neel: the Italian DJ, producer and composer has been long known as part of Voices From The Lake together with Donato Dozzy, and as a solo artist he takes techno to deep, atmospheric regions, keenly assembled tracks for a style expressed well on his solo album of 2012 “Phobos”. Neel performs both mesmerizing live shows as well as a wonderfully atmospheric DJ set like tonight, leaving audiences left adrift in wide open spaces of sound that work the head as much as the heel. He receives excellent bookend support by frequent guest DJ Synthek and Tresor resident Mareena.