An attorney, a tech guru, and a finance mogul walk into the room. Their respective backgrounds may not be the most conventional stepping stones to becoming the kings of Los Angeles deep-house, but success is no accident for the DJ collective of Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe, also known as Droog. It's a name that translates to 'friend' in Russian, Osyka's native tongue, but more cleverly a name that nods to the 'droogies' of A Clockwork Orange. "They misbehave in a very sophisticated way" Osyka laughs. "We loved the book and film, in particular. When we started the project, we had a fourth person who was't a DJ but was a close friend--Matt. He was very influential in conceptualizing our collective and he suggested the name," Osyka continued. "We're not making direct parallels with these characters but we thought the name was very tongue-and-cheek."
Courtesy of INFAMOUS Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe of Droog
The trio began by throwing their own parties a decade ago. Sharing a common sensibility and feeling the strength in numbers, they formed a partnership in 2006 and just a few years later formed dance music label Culprit. In a way fans have become droogies of the dance floor, entranced in a post-futurist groove, orchestrated by infectious beats and synthesized baselines. This has enabled them to hold down a residency at the Avalon for four years and The Standard Rooftop for six. They've played Coachella twice and five years ago they became fully touring DJ's traveling internationally to Moscow, Barcelona, London, Ibiza and every other city that demands a badass party. While it has become somewhat of a rarity for the trio to juke together, this weekend at Palm Spring's epic pool party, Splash House, you may just get to see all three.More »