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Richie Hawtin
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Questions Top100 DJs 2007 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

Interesting, good, well-balanced electronic music.
Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Marc Houle 'Techno Vocals'
Producer of 2007: 
Digitaline from Cadenza.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2007: 
Raresh from Romania.
Your musical inspiration: 
At the moment, it's Arthur Russell.
Best festival on the planet: 
Metamorphosis in Japan.
Best bit of kit: 
My new P8 keyboard, brand new, still in its box 'cos it's beautiful!
What tune makes you cry: 
'It's Been a Long Time' by The Fog.
Naughtiest thing you've done this year: 
I got caught with four half-naked girls lighting a campfire, in the middle of the bush in Ibiza, by the police.

Master of minimal, true Detroit original and acid instigator: Richie Hawtin is all these things and more. Ripping up stark techno platters before much of the minimal new breed were out of nappies, it's only right that Hawtin should finally be reaping the rewards for the music that he's tirelessly championed.
With his label M-nus one of the hottest imprints out there and close to their 10th birthday, and a slew of highly successful gigs in Ibiza, Japan, Germany and beyond, it's been a massive year for the blonde wonder.
"There's been a lot of changes this year but everything has moved in a new forward direction," Hawtin observes. "There've been some amazing gigs - the M-nus Womb special in Tokyo, and the Cocoon/M-nus Ibiza Amnesia party, and Melt open-air in Germany. I'll never forget playing back-to-back with Danny Tenaglia at Pacha New York, and him turning off the soundsystem and singing happy birthday to me!"

Hawtin's label have also released a new compilation of M-nus classics, 'Nothing Much/Something More', which displays the deft dancefloor nous and effortless hip they've carefully cultivated, taking in minimal and tough house in equal measure.

"The next thing for me and M-nus is a compilation called 'Expansion Contraction' with new tracks from Plastikman and Dubfire from Deep Dish - his first for M-nus - and then gearing up to celebrate the 10th anniversary in 2008," reveals Richie.