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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:11

Beyond EDM
Best known for: 
Pushing and fusing music and technology.
Tune of the year: 
Ambivalent 'Snowblind' (M-nus) and Dexter Ford 'Our Sun' (Deep)
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Dexter Ford
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Aquaman, since I love being underwater and would love to be able to stay under all the time.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
DJing is a fine balance of the two, entertaining while educating and moving things forward.
What does EDM mean to you: 
Electronic Dance Music, but perhaps the D is too emphasized and is pigeon-holing the next generation of producers.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Anyone who has good taste in music should feel free to select and celebrate the music they love... doesn't mean we all have to listen to it, though.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Yes, Space, Ibiza in 1995 and Cocorico, Rimini, Italy in 1991.... both of which I now fill and/or have a residency at.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
DJing is more about the music and how you program it... these are both things that you need to feel at your core.
Where's the next dance music capital: 

Richie Hawtin's dedication to technology, to the future, to advancing his scene in any way possible is remarkable. Once again - following last year's Plastikman focus - he devised a concept that had the whole electronic community in a spin. ENTER. was his weekly club night at Space, Ibiza, complete with full Saki bar and many large musical hook-ups with labels like Cadenza and unexpected bookings like Grimes.

It worked, because not only did the club go off each week, but so too did it inspire the man behind it in new ways. "ENTER. stands above everything else this year," beams Richie. "From my vantage point, most of my best and most inspired sets were there on Ibiza. It started with an absolutely incredible opening night, and the nights and energy just built up from there to ENTER.'s climax at EXIT! " For those wondering if it was just a one-off thing in 2012, the answer is no.

"We are only just beginning, we'll take yet another step next year," exclaims the M-nus boss, who also says he still listens to 99% of all promos he receives as well as single-handedly programming all his own ENTER. parties. "ENTER. is supposed to be a first-time new experience for even the seasoned Ibiza clubbers, and it had to be a first introduction to Ibiza for some of the artists too