Two years ago Danilo Plessow was one of the busiest DJs on the circuit. But after releasing a string of sought-after EPs and compiling a DJ-Kicks mix in 2011, the Stuttgart native known to most as Motor City Drum Ensemble suddenly disappeared from view, and his previously packed release schedule all but dried up.
MCDE is now back on tour, which is where the latest installment of Between the Beats finds him. We shadowed Plessow from the 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. During the time we spent with him, he told us the full story behind what led up to his disappearance from public view, what happened during his enforced break and what’s changed since.