Richie Hawtin has been no stranger to Ibiza after regularly performing at many nights for the likes of Cocoon and holding his own Mnus parties. But the big H has been on the island this year with his very first stand-alone event, ENTER., at Space Ibiza and it’s been a runaway success, to say the least.
Not just the excellent parties that have seen the finest and most revered DJ’s in the world – including Jeff Mills, Click Box, Maya Jane Coles and even pop princess Grimes – but their interesting and creative video diary series they’ve been updating weekly, packed with post event footage, exclusive news and interviews, all delivered from Richie’s Ibiza villa.
RICHIE HAWTIN: "It's incredible what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it and bring together the right people. For me, Ibiza & ENTER.2012 was a testament to that!Now, sitting here in November, thinking from afar, I once again realize and understand how lucky I am to be surrounded by so many dedicated and inspired individuals: friends, collaborators and co-conspirators that help to bring my ideas and our shared vision to reality, learning and adapting to new situations and constantly pushing forward, challenging ourselves and those around us. We are now in the early development stages of ENTER.2013, but before we get to far into whats next, lets look back for a very special conclusion of our ENTER.2012 Pool video series! Thank you to everyone who participated in making ENTER.2012 an inspiring and exhilarating success! Until next year, Rich
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Final Episode
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 16 (Loco Dice)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 15 (EXIT)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 14 (Family)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 13 (Luciano) – Track: Technasia – Heart of Flesh
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 12 (Magda, Dubfire, Christian Smith & Mathias Kaden) Track: Hobo – Flinch
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 11 – Track: Ambivalent – Snowblind
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 10 (Day Off) - Track: Matador – Gemini
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 9 (Victor Calderone)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 8 (tINI) – Track: Loco Dice – Seeing Through Shadows
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 7 (ENTER.Dancers) – Track: Matador – 124Tonetool
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 6 (Carl Craig)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 5 (ENTER.PR Team) - Track: Hobo – Bang
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool (Episode 4. Heartthrob & Magda)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool (Episode 3. Mathew Jonson & Hobo)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool (Episode 2. Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann)
Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.Pool Episode 1 (Ambivalent & Clark Warner)
Richie Hawtin – ENTER.Awakenings ADE 2012
CNTRL: BEYOND EDM – discovering electronic and techno(logy)-based music. A unique North American college campus tour. Pre-tour discussion at ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event featuring Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Ean Golden, Jason Huvaere from Paxahau, Carlos Correal from Insomniac. Moderated by Mathew Adell from Beatport.
Richie Hawtin FIREWORKS @ Awakenings ENTER ADE 19-10-2012 Gashouder Amsterdam
ABOUT RICHIE HAWTIN
Richard “Richie” Hawtin (born June 4, 1970, Banbury, Oxfordshire) is an English-Canadian electronic musician and DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno‘s second wave of artists in the early 1990s and a leading exponent of Minimal techno since the mid 1990s. He is best known for his abstract, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a pseudonym he still uses today.
Hawtin is known for DJing minimal techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. In May 1990, Hawtin and fellow second-waver John Acquaviva founded the Plus 8 record label, which they named after their turntable’s pitch adjust function. In 1998, Hawtin launched Minus records.
Hawtin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England,but moved when he was aged nine to LaSalle, Ontario, a suburb of Windsor, Ontario, and just across the river from Detroit, the birthplace of techno. 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.
With Canadian DJ John Acquaviva he formed the label Plus 8 in 1990 to release his own tracks under the name F.U.S.E.He spent part of 2002 and 2003 living in New York City, and has since moved to Berlin, Germany. He said, “I’d always wanted to move to Europe. I needed somewhere that was inspiring and where there were like-minded musicians and artists, somewhere you could still experiment with music and with life. Berlin is so liberal in so many different ways; there’s an amazing club scene, there’s a great development software tech scene, there are so many resources here.”
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).
He was the mastermind of huge raves in the Detroit area, he ran several club nights, a yearly party at City Club and a sold out show at The Necto (nightclub) Additionally, Hawtin and Pete Namlook collaborated to produce the From Within series of albums which blend minimal techno and ambient. He has also released an album Sounds of the Third Season with Sven Väth.
In 2006, Hawtin 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.”
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.
Hawtin dismisses speculation as to the demise of dance music. In a 2009 interview he said, “In the last few years, the interest in electronic music has gone back up, the quality of the music has gone back up, there’s a buzz which reminds you of the early days,” he insists. “From where I’m sitting right now, dance music is more vibrant than ever. In some countries you’ll always have the press saying it’s going down and writing it off, but somewhere else the interest level is soaring and people are discovering this music for the first time, like in South America, where it’s completely kicking off – it’s unbelievable down there. There are some great festivals and parties in Europe, and over the last five years I’ve seen Ibiza go from complete cheesy shite music to the resurgence of a number of different types of progressive electronic music.”