Welcome to New York, everyone. We can no longer associate New York City with "Old Blue Eyes," or the Beats, or even CBGB's. As prisoners of pop culture, we look to New York and L.A. to find predictions of what's to come right alongside the epitome of what is happening now. Right now, what we have are bright colors and simple black geometric tattoos, and that dude you know that thinks he's a shaman. The kids are thinking they are stronger than coke again, and New York City is composing the perfect soundtrack for these specific conditions.
The dudes of Designer Drugs are the current tenants of the East Village — epitomizing what is happening right now. These two DJs (Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson) are writing Mortal Kombat/Spring Break-style dance numbers with a slight hipster twinge and a bit of a shit-eating grin. There really isn't anything not to like about this group. They're making music that is a means to an end. This is the perfect music to simply live your life to, and why wouldn't you? After all, it's happening right now.
The guys recently started their own record label called Sex Cult, and have signed with Ultra Records. And now they plan to bring their contemporary dance party to the bowels of the city that conceived the sound they have made their own. If your goal is to move and sweat and consume and purge your inhibitions, then we will see you at the Magic Stick — unless, of course, you're too cool to say hello. We spoke with Patrick about riots, zombies, Detroit and drugs. We also realized how sweet it is that his initials are M.V.P. He is a man of few words, but there's a certain charm to his brevity, and his music speaks for itself.
One day I plan to travel to Ibiza. I would love to listen to you guys on a beach in Spain. Is it a dream for every electronic musician to perform there?
Nah, I think I would rather perform in a dark back alley club in Tokyo. Something really dirty and underground. Downstairs with the rats.
When you wrote the song "Riot," were you trying to write the next great entry song for athletes running out of locker rooms, or were you trying to re-score Ninja Gaiden? That hook is so good ...
That's always our goal. We want to be on the goth jams compilation.
What do you guys think about peyote (iowaska)? Is this currently a "designer drug," or do you buy into the whole idea of it being medicine?
We are too crazy for that shit.
I love that slow-down beat-break refrain in "Zombies." If this song were placed in a zombie film, what do you imagine the action on-screen would be during this part?
It's when the people being chased by the zombies think they have gotten away but they are really just cornered.
How do you feel about Detroit? Depending on our mood, it can be really difficult to get us Detroiters dancing. What can we expect from your show at the Magic Stick, and will you get us moving?
I'm excited about Detroit. I hope people slam dance.
This is kind of a loaded question, but ... would you prefer a life without drugs or a life without music? And why?
Not into drugs. Way into music. | RDW
Designer Drugs w/ Secret Wars • 10/26, 8 p.m. • Magic Stick • 4120-4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit • 313.833.9700 • majesticdetroit.com • $10 • all ages