Get to know… Motor City Drum Ensemble.
Motor City Drum Ensemble is a unique kind of ensemble in that it consists of just one man : Simultaneously retro and futuristic German House pioneer Danilo Plessow. He was born in 1985 in a small town in rural southern germany and soon moved to Stuttgart , the world’s cradle of the automobile and Germany’s ‘Motor City’ (w. Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch headquarters). His artist moniker ‘MCDE’ is a reference as well to his home-town as to his first love in music, the Soul, Jazz and Techno sounds of Detroit. The ‘Drum Ensemble’ is a link to his collection of classic drum machines, technical backbone of his accomplished and renowned electronic music.
Motor City Drum Ensemble – ‘Raw Cuts #3′ (released in 2008 on his MCDE imprint).
Two years ago Motor City Drum Ensemble was one of the busiest DJs on the circuit, with a string of popular EPs and a hit DJ-Kicks mix under his belt. Then suddenly, the Stuttgart native disappeared from public view. Resident Advisor shadowed Danilo last summer, from Boiler Room and Corsica Studios in London to a gig in Aix-en-Provence and an appearance at Lyon’s Nuits Sonores festival, with a stopover at his new home in Utrecht in between, for their excellent Between The Beats feature. The video below helps explain his temporary withdrawal from DJ life, what happened during his enforced break and what’s changed since then.
As Resident Advisor put it, there’s little else more divine than Motor City Drum Ensemble in the muggy haze of an Amsterdam Sunday afternoon. “He’s cut of a rare breed: one of the spare few selectors for whom every draw from the bag is as triumphant as the last. This time was no different: belter after belter after belter, jubilantly flooded through the rotary dials to a crowd with more raised hands than we saw all weekend. Taking it old school, MCDE put some needle to wax and fed the very lucky crowd through an E&S DJR 400 hand-built rotary mixer, whilst more importantly displaying his incredible musical knowledge by providing tune after tune (after tune).”
We are looking forward to welcoming Motor City Drum Ensemble to dollop present… Everywhere on Sunday May 3rd 2015 in Nottingham.