i-DJ: ryan crosson
Visionquest's main man goes in the mix for the latest i-DJ.
Ryan Crosson is one of the driving forces behind the legendary Visionquest label alongside partners in crime, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss. Taking the techno history of his native Detroit and combining it with the edge of his current home, Berlin, he makes a mesmerisingly unique blend of futuristic dance music. This week we welcome him to the i-D mix family with a 65 minute blend of deep house and intricately crafted techno, packed with enough groove to make your mumma move. Keep an ear out for Visionquest exclusives as Ryan prepares to drop his new EP early May.
What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
I don't know if they are the absolute top three but S.A.M., Delaphine 004, Ivan Iacobucci, De Mai Sus and Pezzner, The Island Fantastic are a few favourites right now.
What's the most hedonistic party you've ever been to?
The pants off party in L.A. circa 2007 was pretty next level. I wouldn't have called it hedonistic but things got weird.
If you could go back to back with any DJ, at any venue, who would it be and why?
Richie at CityClub in Detroit when he used to use turntables and vinyl. Do I really have to explain how awesome that would be? I mean, I wouldn't have a chance to keep up with him back then but fuck that would have been fun.
History is made at night... What was the best night of your life?
I probably don't remember it.
What's the most debauched thing you've ever seen on the dance floor?
What does your rider consist of?
I just have an equipment rider that is 2 Technics, 2 CDJs and an Allen & Heath or Pioneer 900 mixer. All the other stuff that doesn't have to do with me playing is not so much of a concern. I'm not too picky. Once and a while coconut water and vodka is a nice bonus.
What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
Trouble Men, Party Rockin' comes to mind.
What producer are you predicting big things from this year?
Barac and S.A.M. are doing some nice things at the moment. Great underground music that is timeless. I can't see either of them making a chart-topping hit (which is a good thing) so I guess it depends on what you mean by big. I think their music is great and will continue to be great.
Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
Depends where I am and who I'm with.
What track would you end the night on when everyone's still awake and its time to go to sleep?
Tale of Us & Bill Patrick, Nothing Left to Lose
What's your party trick?
Ryan Crosson plays the Visionquest Label Showcase in London at Studio 338 on Sunday May 3rd.