Richie Hawtin

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Richie Hawtin
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Background information
Birth nameRichard Hawtin
Born (1970-06-04) June 4, 1970 (age 48)
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
OriginWindsor, Ontario, Canada
GenresHouse, microhouse, Detroit techno, ambient house, electronica
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer, record executive
Years active1987–present
LabelsPlus 8, M-nus, NovaMute
Websitehttp://close.richiehawtin.com

Richard "Richie" Hawtin (born June 4, 1970) is a Canadian electronic musician and DJ. A three-time DJ Awards winner, he was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave of artists in the early 1990s and has been a leading exponent of minimal techno since the mid-1990s.[1] He became known for his recordings under the Plastikman alias.

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In May 1990 Hawtin and John Acquaviva founded the Plus 8 record label, which they named after their turntable's pitch adjust function.[2] In 1998, Hawtin launched M-nus Records.[3] In summer 2012 Hawtin first presented ENTER., his experimental event at Space in Ibiza.[4] The following year, Hawtin launched his own sake brand ENTER.Sake designed to spread Japanese culture to the Western World.[5] In 2016, Hawtin launched his own technology company called PLAYdifferently, and released the MODEL 1 mixer, co-designed with Andy Rigby-Jones.[6]

Biography[edit]

Hawtin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England,[7] and at the age of nine moved to LaSalle, Ontario, a suburb of Windsor, Ontario. His father worked as a robotics technician at General Motors and was a fan of electronic music, introducing his son to Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream at an early age. He has one brother, Matthew, who is a visual artist and ambient music DJ. Hawtin attended Sandwich Secondary High School in LaSalle. He began to DJ in clubs in Detroit at 17, and his early style was a mix of house music and techno.[8]

With Canadian DJ John Acquaviva he formed the label Plus 8 in 1989 to release his own tracks under the name F.U.S.E.,[8] whose Approach and Identify 12" is closely associated with the origins of the IDM subgenre. He dropped out of the University of Windsor, where he was studying film, and Plus 8 went on to release material by artists such as Speedy J and Kenny Larkin. Hawtin adopted his Plastikman incarnation in 1993 releasing the iconic percussive single "Spastik" and parent album "Sheet One", going on to release a number of albums and touring a live show for the next decade.

In 1996 Hawtin released a series of monthly 12-inch singles, entitled Concept 1 which, alongside the work of Robert Hood, pioneered the Minimal techno style. His M_nus label also pursued this direction. In 1999 the Decks, EFX & 909 mix album, the first in a series of three, set new standards for technological input, including 38 tracks molded via effects and drum machines.

Hawtin spent part of 2002 and 2003 living in New York City, before opening a label in Berlin, Germany, where he focused on his M_nus label, developing the careers of DJ-producers such as Magda, Gaiser, Hearttrob and Troy Pierce. In 2006, he collaborated with choreographer Enzo Cosimi on a composition called "9.20" for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. He said, "Enzo and I are very much interested in pushing boundaries, both as artists and for our audiences. Working together for the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Games delivers the creative endeavor to not only entertain a huge audience, but to also introduce them to sights and sounds that they may have never experienced before."[9]

In 2008 the M_nus presents Contakt tour criss-crossed the globe, presenting Hawtin, Magda, Troy Pierce and others jamming on wireless audio workstations using brand new technology such as the Lemur Controller. Two years later, at the Time Warp festival in Mannheim in March 2010 Hawtin unveiled a spectacular new Plastikman live show, known as Plastikman 1.5, which went on to tour the globe.

In June 2011 Hawtin worked with Anish Kapoor on an installation in the Grand Palais in Paris.

In 2012 Hawtin worked with Loco Dice and Ean Golden in promoting Electronic Dance Music on a tour of North American universities entitled CNTRL: Beyond EDM, which included music production seminars, lessons in the music business, and live music performances.[10]

Since 2012 Hawtin has presented ENTER. at Space in Ibiza during the summer season, promoted via an acclaimed marketing campaign featuring a black dot. ENTER. consists of five specially designed rooms and a wide array of electronic music. Due to Hawtin's love of sake and Japanese culture ENTER. also has a sake bar that sells its own brand of sake, produced in a collaboration with Kyoto's Sookuu Sake Company.

In 2013 Hawtin worked with his brother Matthew on concept pieces entitled Contained at the Art Basel showcase in Miami.

In July 2015 Hawtin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music Technology by the University of Huddersfield.[11][12] Hawtin's innovation in music technology continued in 2016, with the inception of his own company called PLAYdifferently. The first release was the MODEL 1 mixer, co-designed with the award-winning Andy Rigby-Jones. The mixer has been adopted by DJs such as Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice and many others.[13]

Recording career[edit]

Hawtin has recorded music under the aliases Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Concept 1, Forcept 1, Circuit Breaker, Robotman, Chrome, Spark, Xenon, R.H.X., Jack Master, Richard Michaels and UP!. He also recorded and performed, in combination with other artists, under group names such as The Hard Brothers, Hard Trax (with his brother Matthew Hawtin), 0733, Cybersonik (with Daniel Bell and John Acquaviva), Final Exposure (with Joey Beltram and Mundo Muzique), Just For Fun (with Holger Wick), Narod Niki (with Akufen, Cabanne, Dandy Jack, Daniel Bell, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Robert Henke and Thomas Franzmann), Two Guys In The Basement (with John Acquaviva), Spawn (with Fred Giannelli and Daniel Bell) and States Of Mind (with Acquaviva).

Hawtin and Pete Namlook collaborated to produce the From Within series of albums which blend minimal techno and ambient. He has also released a mix CD Sounds of the Third Season with Sven Väth.[14]

Slices magazine launched a series of biographies in 2007 called "Pioneers of Electronic Music"; their first issue was a 60-minute biographical documentary on Hawtin. The film follows his career from his early days crossing the border to Detroit to his current life in Berlin, and contains interviews with many colleagues and family members.

2011 saw the release of Arkives 1993 - 2010, a massive box set containing everything Hawtin has released under his Plastikman moniker, as well as a new mixed set and previously unreleased material. The collection includes CDs, vinyl, digital downloads and a DVD.

In November 2013 Hawtin performed as Plastikman at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This performance inspired him to finish a new Plastikman LP. "It put me back in the studio and inspired me enough to work on new material, and in five days I created a new album", he said. The album, titled EX, was released digitally on June 10, 2014 followed with a physical release on July 15, 2014 .[needs update][15]

On December 11, 2015 Hawtin released a fifteen-track LP titled From My Mind To Yours to commemorate the 25 year anniversary of his record label Plus 8. The album consists of all new tracks from his various aliases such as Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Robotman, R.H.X., and Circuit Breaker. In its first week it reached the top 20 in the UK dance album charts.[16]

Selected discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

DJ mix compilations[edit]

  • Richie Hawtin: Mixmag Live!, 1995 (Live DJ mix album)
  • Richie Hawtin: Decks, EFX & 909, 1999 (DJ mix album)
  • Richie Hawtin: DE9: Closer to the Edit, 2001 (DJ mix album)
  • Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth: Sound of the Third Season, 2002 (DJ mix album)
  • Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos Live at the Robert Johnson, Offenbach, Germany, 2004 (11-hour DJ set)
  • Richie Hawtin: DE9 | Transitions, 2005 (DJ mix album)
  • Richie Hawtin: DE9 lite: Electronic Adventures, 2006 (DJ mix album, produced with MixMag)
  • Richie Hawtin: Sounds from Can Elles, 2008 (unmixed various artist compilation, free with DJ Magazine issue 467)
  • Richie Hawtin: Mixmag presents: Richie Hawtin - New Horizons, 2012 (DJ mix album)

Awards and nominations[edit]

DJ Awards[edit]

DJ Awards organizes the annual electronic music DJ awards event. It is the only international ceremony for DJs and also the oldest, and is held once a year at Pacha club in Ibiza Spain. The award is one of the most important accolades an artist can win or be honoured by.[17]

Hawtin has won the Best Techno DJ Award three times and received 17 nominations overall.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 Richie Hawtin Best DJ Innovator Nominated
2001 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2002 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Won
2003 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2004 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2005 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2006 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Won
2008 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Won
2009 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2010 Richie Hawtin Best International DJ Nominated
2010 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2011 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2012 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2013 Richie Hawtin Best International DJ Nominated
2014 Richie Hawtin Best International DJ Nominated
2014 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated
2015 Richie Hawtin Best Techno DJ Nominated

AIM Awards[edit]

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) UK the AIM promotes independent artists producing their own music globally.


Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Richie Hawtin Outstanding Contribution[18] Won

DJ rankings (current)[edit]

The DJ List Ranking

The DJ List has approximately 1 million members who rate DJ's in different EDM genres, these are the statistics for The DJ List as of 6 November 2015.[19][20]

Year Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Top Global Techno The DJ List 2nd

Top Deejays Ranking

Topdeejays is a global DJ database founded and operated by FM Agencija it uses an algorithm that measures general social media influence of a DJ by combining their Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, SoundCloud, MySpace, Last.fm and YouTube fans, subscribers and followers TDJ calculates and applies TDJ points to in order rank artists global, national and by genre influence. These are the statistics for topdeejays as of 6 November 2015.[21][22]

DJ Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Top Global Techno The DJ List 1st
Top Global Tech House 1st

DJ Rankings The Official Global DJ Rankings is calculated according to an advanced algorithm, compiled to give an accurate, independent and fair ranking of all DJs. It considers the following criteria of DJ earnings, media presence, chart data from music releases and remixes, airplay data from radio stations, public data about royalties collected from copyright associations, followers on major social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter etc. and polling and rating data from various sites, such as dj-rating.com and djmag.com.[23]

Year Genre Ranking Source Rank
2015 Top Global Techno The DJ List 4th
Top Global Tech House 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richie Hawtin Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Archived from the original on March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon. Generation Ecstasy. London: Routledge, 1999. 225-226. ISBN 0-4159-2373--5
  3. ^ "ten weeks of silence". richiehawtin.com. Retrieved on March 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "ENTER the Void, Richie Hawtin and Ibiza". xlr8r.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sake company Aramasa Shuzo seeks new edge with techno partnership". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  6. ^ "Richie Hawtin Unveils MODEL 1 Mixer From His PLAYdifferently Line". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  7. ^ Gregory, Andy (ed.) (2002) International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Europa, ISBN 1-85743-161-8, p.224
  8. ^ a b "Richie Hawtin: Biography Archived 2010-04-13 at the Wayback Machine.". Mute records. Retrieved on April 5, 2009.
  9. ^ "Richie Hawtin creates 9:20 for the XXth Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony". Resident Advisor, January 16, 2006. Retrieved on April 5, 2009.
  10. ^ Yenigun, Sami (29 October 2012). "Dance Music Looks Beyond EDM And Hopes The Crowd Will Follow". GBP News. Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Digging Deep Gets Richie Hawtin an Honorary Doctorate for Music Technology". Popspoken. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Richie Hawtin Awarded an Honorary Doctorate". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  13. ^ "Richie Hawtin reveals PLAYdifferently Model 1 DJ mixer". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  14. ^ "Richie Hawtin & Sven Väth". Mute Records. Retrieved on March 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "Richie Hawtin Confirms New Plastikman Album 2014 Archived 2013-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.". Mixmag. Retrieved on December 13, 2013
  16. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  17. ^ Matthews Paul, James. "The Annual DJ Awards To Kick Off At Pacha Ibiza This Monday". Hit The Floor. Hit the Floor On-Line Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  18. ^ Brandel, Lars. "Richie Hawtin to Receive 'Outstanding Contribution' AIM Independent Award". billboard.com. Billboard, 14 August 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Statistics The DJ List". thedjlist.com. The DJ List Rankings. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Global Rankings Techno". thedjlist.com. The DJ List Rankings. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  21. ^ "TopDeeJays rank: All countries Over Techno artists". topdeejays.com. Top Deejays. Archived from the original on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  22. ^ "TopDeeJays rank: All countries Over Techno artists". topdeejays.com. Top Deejays. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  23. ^ "Tech House - DJ Rankings". dj-rankings.com. DJ Rankings. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

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