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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

Bits and pieces.
Best known for: 
Championing digital DJing and using MP3s instead of records.
Tune of the year: 
Mory Kante 'Yeke Yeke (Afro Acid Remix/Hawtin Edit)' (White)
Producer of 2008: 
All the young people who now having the opportunity of hearing DJs play their music because of technology and the connections that we all have.
First record you ever brought: 
If we're not talking a Disney record, then it was Elton John and Showaddywaddy!
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
My visual guy Ali jumping into a lake in the middle of the mountains in Japan.
Top gadget of 2008: 
The Pacemaker because it's a whole Richie Hawtin show in the palm of your hand.
Your year in five words...: 
Full-on, hectic, busy, ridiculous, inspiring.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
That there's a beautiful beach two hours north of Berlin.

Techno über mensch Richie Hawtin is exhausted and frazzled - yet incredibly animated. With the passion palpable, he talks fondly of an insane 2008… "It's been so intense that the moments I've been able to enjoy and understand how much there is to enjoy are those moments when I've been in front of a crowd," he enthuses. "It's really interesting, you're finally there, and then you forget about everything, and you have the music, the people, the energy, and the intensity of the sound and it's like, 'Ah! This is why we're doing this!' It's been a beautiful experience." With a mad schedule at the best of times, 2008's been extraordinary even by this musical visionary's standards. Celebrating 10 years of his most successful and renowned record label, M-nus, Hawtin's embarked on a whirlwind of gigs around the globe with the Contakt shows, which saw the label head and the full M-nus alumni DJing and performing live. "This year has been so crazy! With the Contakt shows, the albums from Heartthrob and Gaiser… in a way we're at a peak," Richie reckons. "I'm very interested in where the M-nus aesthetic can go with the music, culture and lifestyle."