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Brooklyn DJ Physical Therapy Starts Dancing Once the Drunks Go Home

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists created by Mike Sabath, Rick Owens, and Jared Abbott of Assploitation. This week we’re getting ready to dance away the depression with Daniel Fisher a.k.a. Physical Therapy, genre-spanning interpreter of club music who’s probably played a set on one of your most memorable nights out in Brooklyn. For Interview, the DJ and producer put together a “sad and horny” playlist dubbed the “Revolving Door of Sin” and answered our questionnaire, in which he reminisces about seeing Korn at Madison Square Garden and tells us about his favorite club in China.


Where do you dance? In NYC the question is not where but when… after 4am, when the drunk people go home.

Bluetooth or wired headphones? Bluetooth, but the kind with wire behind the head. I tried some expensive wireless earbuds but immediately dropped one in an airplane toilet. 

What was your first concert? Korn at Madison Square Garden.

What song on this playlist, if any, makes you cry? All of them… the playlist is pretty much the Venn diagram overlap for sad and horny.

What’s your favorite club? Would be too painful to choose just one. I love Nowadays—it’s my home base, my heart, and one of the best sounding clubs in the world. I just did a tour in China and there are so many amazing clubs there. TAG in Chengdu especially has a perfect vibe. It’s on the top floor of a skyscraper, the entrance is totally unmarked, you just have to know what building and what elevator to take. The main room is dark and smokey and the dancers are pretty much down to keep going forever. In the morning when the club closes, you walk out, finally see a window for the first time in eight hours and remember you are 40 stories up. It’s a very sick moment.

What’s a song you wish you wrote? “The Middle” by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris.

Who’s your favorite DJ no one knows about? Hugo Sanchez. He’s a legend in Italy, but I don’t feel like so many people have heard him in the U.S. He’s half of the production duo Front De Cadeux. He plays this slow, trippy, sexy vibe and he’s famous for long sets. I saw him play in Milan, and was just going to stop by for a second, but literally couldn’t pull myself away until the last song. 

What’s your favorite album cover of all time? Nick Drake – Pink Moon.

Who’s the queen of pop? Janet Jackson.

Where do you find new music? Bandcamp, Discogs, listening to the radio in my car, friends’ Instagram stories.

Which city plays the best music in its clubs? New York, obviously.

Name a cover song that was better than the original. Richie Havens’ cover of “Dreams.”