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Martin Landsky Unites Techno And Sunshine

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Martin Landsky | Photo by Alessandro David / used with permission
Martin Landsky, John Tejada, Andrew Kelley and Droog play The Standard Hotel’s (Downtown LA) rooftop this Sunday, June 7th, from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. An RSVP to will get you on the $10 discount list (a good thing.)

“Martin Landsky is a true jack of all trades,” said Droog’s Andrei Osyka, of the globetrotting DJ/producer/remixer from Berlin. “His music’s equally inspired by deep house and techno, as well as wedded to the timeless and of-the-moment.”

For the last few years, Droog has been doing their damndest to deepen LA’s mark on the global techno map -- even if it means staying up all night. This Sunday, Droog (Justin Sloe, Andrei, and Brett Griffin) and friends will be manning the day-shift, as they take over the Standard Hotel’s gorgeous rooftop for their monthly summer session.

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Bringing Landsky back to LA, Droog’s continuing what they do best: mixing world techno’s avant garde with Hollywood’s sexier side (read: no sausage fests.) LAist recently had a brief chat with Landsky, in a rare moment where he wasn’t on a plane, in the studio, or playing a club.

LAist: Can you describe the music you play? 
Martin Landsky: Sexy-as hell-funky, groovy, intelligent, minimal techy-house with a blend of serious, mind-blowing deepness in a mesmerizing outfit of highest quality...

Kidding aside, it´s hard to describe my own music. Some people tend to call it minimal tech house with an old school attitude. I call it electronic dance music. In the end it´s all house music, at least to me.

Where’s the most exciting city to play these days?

There are many places I have had fun and exceptional experiences. But I have to say, I have had some really great times in the States the last few months.

How do you like playing Los Angeles?

I just played LA once, it was a small but intense party, so this is going to be my second time. I did enjoy the last time a lot. I met a lot of great people and they seem to be really into music.

Do you still play vinyl?

I play vinyl and CDs. I love vinyl but unfortunately the circumstances force me to play more and more digital [MP3s to CD]. There are some technical situations -- bad turntable setups -- and most of the record labels have switched to all-digital promotion. There are more or less no vinyl promo send-outs anymore.

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What do you predict to be the tune of the summer?

I haven´t found that one summer 2009 hit yet. But if I do find one, it´s probably not the one most people would vote for *laughs*

Do you listen to techno? Comment Below!