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Richie Hawtin
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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:18

Style: 
"Bassline-driven techno that builds with intensity, while always remembering its roots in house.”
Best known for: 
“At the moment, pissing off vinyl purists.”
Tune of the year: 
“Tale of Us' ‘Another Earth EP’, on M_nus.”
From: 
“More like their egos.”
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“Dance music has flirted with pop since the early 1990s with C&C Music Factory, Madonna's use of Roland/techno sounds and so forth. Have the masses become more accustomed to 'electronically produced sounds'? Yes, but this still does not mean they are ready for what our scene is really all about.”

“When I think of today’s definition of DJing it actually makes me realise that I’m not even really a DJ anymore,” muses techno ledge Richie Hawtin. “To the masses, someone standing up on stage with their hands in the air while they play the same playlist they’ve played for the last bunch of gigs makes me wonder sometimes what we can say real DJing is, any more.”

Well, just to put things straight, 42-year-old Richie is about as real as it gets if we’re talking about the realness of DJing. As part of Detroit techno’s second wave of artists [he's from Windsor, Ontario in Canada, just over the Detroit River] he pioneered the minimal techno sound in the early 1990s, most famously via his productions made as Plastikman.

And that’s before we even mention his record labels Plus 8 (founded with fellow techno man John Acquaviva) and M_nus. This year, his ENTER. parties — every Thursday at Space, were a highlight of the Ibiza summer season. And, since then, he’s been working towards this month’s mega-gig at the Guggenheim museum in New York (4th November).

“I’m literally working on it as I speak,” he says. “I want to create some special music and a special place for what will be a unique moment in time.”</span></p>

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