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Riche Hawtin



Moniker(s) / Plastikman

Although he’s technically a Canadian, Richie Hawtin will forever be associated with putting his beloved Detroit on the dance music map. Along with fellow Detroit pioneer Carl Craig, Hawtin helped break the second wave of Detroit techno. From north of Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, Hawtin has been a DJ, a producer, a record label owner, and a flag-waver for the underground Detroit scene which is only now getting the respect it deserves in the United States. Hawtin started his career DJing at underground parties in clubs like Detroit’s Shelter. There he met his partner, John Acquaviva, and together they launched the influential Plus 8 Recordings label.

Hawtin created a unique techno sound, which is regarded as synonymous with the city of Detroit. That sound, electro house, is very minimal, yet highly danceable. He is known for his use of the Roland TB-303 bass machine and that sound has become inseparable from quality acid house and electro recordings. These days, Hawtin kicks around with a TR-909 drum machine. Hawtin signed a record deal with Nova Mute in 1993, and is considered a star in Europe, where he has enjoyed success with his project, Plastikman.

In 1994, rumor has it that Hawtin was scheduled to perform at a rave held inside the Brooklyn Bridge. Allegedly, while crossing the border from Canada, guards stopped him, assuming he was attempting to work illegally in the US due to the massive amount of equipment in his car. Supposedly he went home and recorded a set to DAT and shipped it to the promoters. To this day, no one can say for certain whether that headlining slot was live or on tape.

Today, he has gained the respect of a larger US audience. In May 2000, Hawtin performed at the first Detroit Electronic Festival alongside Derrick May, Juan Atkins and other techno masterminds. More than 200,000 people attended from all over the world.

Richie Hawtin given key to Windsor
The currently touring Minus head has been presented with the key to his home city.

#54221Tue, 23 Oct 2012 / Post a comment
Richie Hawtin chats about high school and CNTRL: Beyond EDM
The techno wizard talks about his time in high school in Windsor, Canada, and about how his new tour broaches musical education in the 21st century.

#51285Mon, 20 Aug 2012 / Post a comment
Richie Hawtin – ENTERtainment
Defected speak to the man behind one of the most revolutionary new nights of the 2012 Ibiza season.

#50824Thu, 09 Aug 2012 / 9 Comments
The story of Richie Hawtin
Here’s the audio from the recently broadcast Radio 1 documentary on the techno figurehead.

#50337Mon, 30 Jul 2012 / 9 Comments
Richie Hawtin Radio 1 documentary to go out this evening
21:00 GMT will be the time to catch the show, presented by Radio 1′s Heidi.

#49537Wed, 11 Jul 2012 / 46 Comments
Richie Hawtin explains his sake fascination
The Minus head journeys to Kyoto to meet the producer behind one of the sakes that will be available at his ENTER. club night (they have a bar dedicated to the Japanese rice wine) at Space in Ibiza this season.

#35871Thu, 10 Nov 2011 / 9 Comments
Richie Hawtin @ Boiler Room Amsterdam
See the Minus man’s set from the recent Boiler Room event at the Amsterdam Dance Event.

#34874Wed, 19 Oct 2011 / 110 Comments
Richie Hawtin takes aim at vinyl DJs
The Minus chief has caused a stir on his Facebook page with comments directed towards a photograph of a DJ pulling a record bag.