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Poll 2018: Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

From: Windsor, Canada
DJ style: “Techno.”
Best known for: “1990: Plus 8; 1991, F.U.S.E; 1993, Plastikman; 1998, Minus; 2005, ‘DE9’; 2008, Contakt; 2013, ENTER.; 2016, Model 1.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Balthazar & JackRock ‘Rave Story’ (Odd Recordings). It’s hard for me to go back and play old rave records from the 1990s, as they just don’t feel as fresh or exciting to me as they did back then. ‘Rave Story’ gives me enough of the sound of that era but successfully wraps it up in a fresh way with a result that is both pounding and exhilarating!”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “DJ ANNA. Although ANNA has been around for quite a while, this year saw her step up her productions and remixes to another level.”

Richie Hawtin never stops. For the best part of three decades, the Canadian DJ/producer has worked tirelessly to redefine techno. From the early days of the Plus 8 label — home to then-emerging artists like Speedy J, Kenny Larkin and Dan Bell — and his expansive F.U.S.E. project, into the menacing, acid-soaked minimalism of his Plastikman alter ego, Hawtin was an innovative artist and ground-breaking label owner.

As the ‘90s drew to a close and the new millennium started, he turned his technological focus to his DJing. As anyone who had the pleasure of hearing in a club or just his ‘X-Mix’ CD can attest, vinyl-era Hawtin sets were a propulsive blend of house and techno. The addition of a 909 for his 1999 mix, ‘Decks, EFX & 909’, accentuated his angular selections and paved the way for the intricate ‘DE9: Closer To The Edit’ and ‘Transitions’ mix CDs. By the time the latter mix arrived, the minimal — or ‘mnml’ — boom was in full swing, with Hawtin’s Minus imprint positioned at the epicentre, with the label producing artists like Marc Houle, Magda and Troy Pierce.

While Hawtin revived the Plastikman project in 2015 for a series of new EPs, he continues to look forward. Apart from his touring schedule, which has seen him visit Asia twice and play across Europe, the US and South America, he tells DJ Mag that he has been “working hard to continue the development of my CLOSE live concept and learning video editing in order to finish an upcoming audio/visual release that brings you closer to how I perform and the intensity of spontaneity and synchronicity!”


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 16:03

Poll 2015: Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin

From the moment Richie Hawtin crossed the river from Windsor, Ontario, to the techno heartland of Detroit, Michigan, the techno savant set in motion a journey that would see the British-born producer rise to the top of his field and become one of the most respected artists in electronic music. 

Whether it’s at his ENTER. residency at Space, Ibiza that truly offers something different to the brash, bright lights of Ushuaïa et al, or bringing his love of Japanese sake to the dancefloors of the world — Hawtin has become something of a cultural vanguard in electronic music. Where he goes others tend to follow. 

Hawtin — who is renowned as a performer that really embraces technological change — was the first DJ to stream tracklists live during his performances, and this year was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music Technology by the University of Huddersfield from none other than Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart. 

2015 also saw Hawtin re-launch his US college tour — after the hugely successful 2012 edition — where he returned to the US with an expanded itinerary that saw him hit eight colleges for a feast of master classes and all-star parties.


Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:05

Best known for: 
Minus, Minimalism, ENTER.
Originally Canada, now Berlin