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theartsdesk Q&A: Producer/DJ Richie Hawtin | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Producer/DJ Richie Hawtin

theartsdesk Q&A: Producer/DJ Richie Hawtin

How big is it possible for minimal to get?

Minimal techno kingpin Richie Hawtin deals with those allegations of over-seriousness head on

It's only after hanging up the Skype connection to Richie Hawtin that I realise how effective a branding exercise he has made the interview. In conversation the English-born, Canadian-raised Berlin resident is charming and smart, but listening back I realise that he has subtly repeated the names of his projects and products over and over, with the slickness of a high-flying salesman. But then you don't sustain a 20-year career making relentlessly odd music - yet still be regularly ranked in the very top flight of global club DJs alongside perma-tanned monstrosities more likely to be seen schmoozing Madonna or the Black Eyed Peas than in an underground rave bunker - without knowing a few tricks of the trade.

I wouldn't feel right saying “I”. Sure, I'm on stage, but without the team – there's about 10 of us - not much is going to happen

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It is always worthwhile to hear from musicians who have a true connection with the history of their genre of music (sonically & geographically), but always trying to take it further and forge something new.

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Great interview. Some really great quotes in there. Hawtin is still committed to the underground and pushing sound further. The Plastikman live show was one of the best live experiences I have witnessed - excited for v 2.0!! My favorite quote which defines my experience with music: "That's what the idea of what you do as a great DJ or great live show is all about, because when it works you're at the edge of creating a moment which everybody is waiting for yet nobody knows exactly what they are waiting for; it's a moment that everybody is wishing to become clear and become defined, but as soon as it is you're looking beyond it again. And I think that's what techno and electronic music should be about..."

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