By Derek Plaslaiko
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Ever since I was a child, Autumn has always been my favorite of the 4 seasons. Whether it’s the leaves changing colors, or the temperature dropping low enough for sweaters with the possibility of seeing ones breath turning to fog in the brisk air, or my favorite: the anticipation of the first snowfall. For me, it just cannot be beat. And it’s always seemed to me that there is a specific sound or feeling in the music that I listen to around this time. A certain type of melancholy that just goes hand in hand with the season. To some it may seem sad or depressing, but not to me. For me it’s uplifting, and completely relevant to the changes in our surroundings. This is mostly what this podcast series will put a spotlight on. Way back in Autumn of 2000, I had a shoutcast station that I started up that broadcasted 24/7 out of the basement of my home in Ferndale, MI that I ran until the first snowfall, and then maybe a few weeks after. I would just run it via a winamp playlist and invite people to tune in. Sometimes I would even DJ on it for my friends who were working 9-5 jobs. I did this for a couple years, and then for some reason I never did it again. I’ve always wanted to do it again, but never really could justify using the bandwidth when I was living in New York. But these days, with podcasting being such an easy task to pull off, I figured this would be a great time to do it again. But this time, I will release it for download once a week throughout the year. I think Sunday evenings around 9 PM (Berlin time) would be a perfect time. Something to wind down from after a crazy weekend that, if subscribed, will be waiting for you when you are ready for it. While I feel this music and mood is best suited for the Autumn months, I certainly do not feel it is inappropriate for certain settings year round. Most of the episodes will be done by yours truly, but from time to time I will have featured guest mixes. The guests I will have could be anyone from close personal friends of mine now who are (or are not) DJ’s and or producers, to old friends of mine from many many years ago who had influence on me musically in some form or another. Hell, if I thought she could pull it off, I would ask my mother to do one! One thing is for certain: this podcast will NOT be about anyone trying to outcool anybody else via musical knowledge. There really is nothing off limits for being too “commercial”. The only theme here is a specific mood, and if that means if someone wants to use a highly overplayed R.E.M. or Pearl Jam song, then it’s allowed. In fact, it’s encouraged! Most of the songs will be lyric based, so (for now) there won’t be tracklists published. If something grabs your attention, then by all means pick out a line or 2 from the lyrics and toss them into a Google search. Most of the songs used on these episodes won’t be so obscure that you couldn't track down it’s title and author. And in the process, you could end up learning a bit more about it’s origin. And if for some reason you can’t find any info on it, you can ALWAYS feel free to contact me and I will gladly pass along any info I can for you. Another underlying reason for the not wanting to post the tracklist is that these days too many of us listen to things solely based on whatever songs we may know in the tracklist. This podcast isn’t about that. It’s more about once a week, you put this on in the background and take some time to just kick back and relax. Hopefully, it will fit the mood for you and it can be something you can look forward to listen to just as much as I look forward to making and presenting them. I also thank you for your interest, and truly hope you enjoy the series! All the best, derek.
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #021||Compiled by Kate Lesta in Boulder, CO sometime in early January, 2013.||11/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #020||Compiled by Heidi Higginbottom in Paris sometime in the spring of 2012.||12/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #019||Orignally Compiled by Derek Plaslaiko in Paris on September 15th, 2011 and revised on Feb 18th, 2012. More info at snowprayers.net||2/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #018||Compiled by Todd Burns in Berlin sometime in January, 2012.||2/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #017||Compiled by Seze in Brooklyn, NY sometime in December, 2011.||2/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #016||Compiled by Katherine Southerland in Chicago, IL sometime in January, 2011.||1/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #015 (Have a nice summer, don't ever change)||Compiled by Robert Mozaic in San Francisco, CA sometime in June, 2011.||12/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #014||Compiled by Rob Theakston in Lexington, KY on February 2nd, 2011.||8/15/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #013||Compiled by Local Suicide DJs in Berlin on January 16th, 2011.||4/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #012||Compiled by Heidi Higginbottom in Paris on January 3rd, 2011.||2/26/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #011||Compiled by Patti Schmidt in Montreal sometime in early January, 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #010 (Brother Key's Lament)||Compiled by Thom Kikot in Los Angeles on November 29th, 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #009||Compiled by Garrett McGrath in Los Angeles on December 16th, 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #008||Compiled by Philipp Hofmann And Mea Liedl in Berlin sometime early January, 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #007||Compiled by Ejival in Tijuana sometime in December, 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #006||Compiled by Derek Plaslaiko in Detroit over New Years weekend, 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #005||Compiled by Derek Plaslaiko in Berlin over Christmas weekend, 2010.||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #004||Compiled by Jaime Lutzo in Berlin on November 28th, 2010.||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #003||Compiled by Todd Burns in Berlin on October 12th, 2010. (photo by Matthias Heiderich)||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #002||Compiled by Derek Plaslaiko in Berlin on December 3rd, 2010.||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSnowprayers Podcast #001||Compiled by Derek Plaslaiko in Berlin on November 23rd, 2010.||Free||View in iTunes|
Shoegaze podcast from my favorite DJ
If I had to pick a single favorite DJ, Derek Plaslaiko is it, hands-down. The man is 12 DJs in one. It's nutty.
Although you'd never know it from his description of this podcast, Derek is quite well known as a techno and house DJ. For the past 17 years or so, he's traveled the world, playing 4/4 dance music at top club nights and after hours parties. He's been a staple of the electronic music scenes in Detroit, NYC and Berlin -- where he's lived at various times. And even if you don't know him, your favorite DJ probably does, and, most likely, they'd prefer he plays last so they don't get upstaged.
But what most people don't realize is that Derek is the biggest shoegaze fan on the planet. No joke. He's obsessive about it. It's at his core. And its his favorite genre to DJ.
Just a few episodes deep, this is already one of the best podcasts out there. Do yourself a favor: Subscribe and tell your friends.
Found this gem by total chance, this DJ really has an ear for that intangable thing that we all feel resonating inside at times, when the breeze causes ripples on the water or when you see the bellies of ducks flying overhead, through a cold twilight sky. Love it!