Reader James Turner emailed in to let me know about this video of Ritchie Hawtin aka Plastikman rehearsing at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2010 (DEMF). Hawtin likes to use new tech and also knows the value of hype so it doesn’t surprise me he has a few iPads and a Lemur on stage. Ritchie had the recording studio next to mine for a while when I was in Berlin. He stopped by my room a few times and checked out my Electrocomp-101. I also performed at a few events where he performed including a bowling alley in the early 90s. Always a nice guy and even if you don’t like his music overall he has a few hits that you can’t deny are great.
“Hawtin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, but moved when he was aged 9 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.” – Wikipedia.org
What’s your favorite Hawtin track?
For more info: plastikman.com