We are pleased to welcome back Derek Plaslaiko who quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit from his nearby hometown, 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 Plaslaiko 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 overrides the usual trappings of the modern DJ industry. Tonight he performs B2B with Marc Schneider, an influential DJ and producer from Hamburg who has never missed any major development or pivotal release in quality dance music. Marc Schneider has been a key tastemaker amongst Germany’s DJing elite, both behind the decks, as well as behind the desk, working at key distributors Container and Word and Sound, as well as running his own Story imprint. After American Kenneth Scott spent several years building notoriety as a promoter, collaborative performer, and consummate after-party DJ extraordinaire, he moved to Berlin where, as a busy man still on a one-way train, with no brakes – he has proven his mark on the scene with releases on Circus Company (as one half of Moniker) and his own Bad Animal imprint. In the Tresor basement: we are pleased to welcome another performance by one of the most innovative entries in Berlin techno, Stephan Metzger aka Sleeparchive, a sort of post-90s electronic deity with a penchant for the future. Joining the Tresor label in 2011 with “Ronan Point” (Tresor.243) and on to “A Man Dies On The Street” Pts. 1 & 2 (Tresor.260/264), Sleeparchive’s music is just as hazy, deep and full of shady nuances that, like treasure, only appear if you’re willing to keep probing. Irish artist Sunil Sharpe is a rising star in his country and gathering steam at international gigs. An excellent techno DJ, he also teaches a DJ course and is drawn to a particularly restless style of techno production—see releases for Works The Long Nights, Brothers, Trensmat and his own label, On The Hoof—that feature warped sound design and high-impact arrangements. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Mary Velo moved to Berlin in 2007 where she got strongly influenced in the Deep House & Techno scene. With a creditable discography which includes releases on labels such as Frozen Border, Semantica, Gynoid Audio & Coincidence, Mary has proven that hard work gets you somewhere. Although a new name on the scene, Faetch‘s advanced take on harder edged techno is far from the work of a rookie it would seem. With the releases Faetch 1 & 2, these Earwiggle tracks reveal firing rhythms, strange sampling, manic synth programming and unique sound design.