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Biography of Danilo Plessow
|Moniker(s) / ||Motor City Drum Ensemble, Inverse Cinematics (with Joachim Tobias), Hipster Wonkaz, Aphro Pzyko|
At the tender age of 6, Danilo Plessow`s path in music started with playing drums. With his engagement in a school big band in Schwäbisch Gmünd (near Stuttgart/Germany) he found his love for jazz – and from 11 years of age on he started working on his own music using a computer and samples. Being influenced by Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and House music, the first results were already released 5 years later -at the age of 15/ 16 ! -on Stuttgarts Pulver Records. Together with Joachim Tobias, Danilo had formed the House/Broken Beat project “Inverse Cinematics” (http://www.myspace.com/inversecinematics): Seven 12” Records, the highly acclaimed album "Passin’ through" and many remixes and compilation appearances followed. The project was and still is a favorite of some of the world’s most influential leftfield DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Rainer Trüby (with whom Danilo actually proves a productive collaboration), Michael Rütten or Benji B. After several other co-operations and solo projects in the Nujazz vein ('Hipster Wonkaz' with P.Valentino for Ubiquity Records or solo as 'Aphro Pzyko' for Raw Fusion), Danilo went back to his House music roots with the “Motor City Drum Ensemble” (MCDE).
This artist moniker refers to his home town Stuttgart, the world's cradle of the automobile and Germany’s very own motor city (w. Mercedes-Benz / Porsche / Bosch a. o.) and obviously is a link to Detroit as well. Taking influences from Soul, Disco and Detroit/Chicago 90`s House, the new moniker soon became his best known: He released five 12” in 2008, and especially his “Raw Cuts” series made him a shooting star in the Deep House scene, highlighted by the internet house/techno bible “Resident Advisor” for whom he did a mix-tape that is soon regarded as one of the best mixes of this significant podcast.
Having blown the world away with his ‘Raw Cuts’ series, released on his own label “MCDE” (run together with Pablo Valentino), Danilo has made an enormous impact on House and Techno. On ‘Juno Records’ all three 12" of the cult series are meanwhile charted within the top 8 of the all time 'Deep House' bestsellers and undoubtedly they are still belonging to the most played tracks on the dance-floors!
His other own label “Four Roses Recordings” has been doing also very good.
Thanks to his remarkable musical talent and overflowing creativity, Danilo has become a sought after and very successful re-mixer as well. With just 25 years of age and including all his projects he has already released on more than 25 labels.
No doubt, 2009 was MCDE’s year. In February , Beatport’s team of music experts had put him ahead of the up and coming Deep House artists worldwide. In the following months MCDE got a growing critical and popular wave of applause due to his amazing, sample-heavy ‘discoish’ house tunes, delivering the whole ‘Deep House’ notion with clarity and vision alongside a definitive style and by keeping the quality levels bubbling over. “MCDE has cultivated a style that is somehow incredibly loose and tight at the same time” and that has made him one of the most appreciated producers of dance music at its best who manages to blend House, light Techno and Disco with the same amount of success.
With his impressive slew of stunning remixes for the likes of DJ Sprinkles,Tiga, T-Coy, Steve Bug, DJ T, Tom Trago, Jazzanova, Presence, Akabu, Toby Tobias, Losoul, A. Lodemann, Caribou and others, Danilo created Deep House master pieces. Since march 2010 for example, his buoyant remix of NUfrequency's "Fallen Hero" is the nr.1 of the top 100 all-time charted tracks (of over 500.000 !) on RA's DJ Charts and he's ranked among the top 10 charted artists.
As well, his estimated podcasts (for RA/XLR8R/Juno Plus/…) proved that he understands much more about house than what simply emanates from his mixing desk.
Just as successful as he does with his top-ranking productions he works for the dance-floors as a very popular DJ – just being picked out by the RA-Poll one of the TOP 50 worldwide (as one of the youngest of course !). So Danilo now hits the road on a regular again to show some of his DJ skills, which already have brought him to the most famous venues all over Europe, the US, Russia, Asia and Australia .
A reviewer brought it into focus: “Danilo Plessow has been writing and composing electronic music since he was fourteen years old. Now at twenty-five, he has become one of the most sought after and accomplished artists in the world. From his staggeringly diverse productions, to his brain changing remix work, to his obsessive DJ sets around the world, this young man turns heads with seemingly everything he does. He has played some of the best clubs, parties, and radio shows on earth, and being on equally as large and respected recording labels.” -
“Danilo Plessow is still young, but it’s obvious from his 2009 that he has an innate talent for the simple things and will likely continue his run for a long, long time.” – Therefore better watch out, this boy‘s on a mission !
Selected discography of Danilo Plessow