Hawtin to release new 'Plastikman' record
Richie Hawtin's alter ego has come out to play.
Back in November 2013, Hawtin performed as Plastikman at the famed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He said that 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. That project will be the first Hawtin has released as his famed alias since 2011's "Plastikman: Arkives."
As if fans didn't have reason enough to be excited for Hawtin's new album, they are also getting the chance to see him on stage. He performed twice at Barcelona's Sonar Festival – once as Plastikman (during the day) and under his own name for Sonar by Night.
Hawtin's performance at Sonar entranced the fans thanks to his "Objeckt" performance concept, which sees him locked in a struggle with a massive looming obelisk whose lights and patterns serve as a visual canvas of shorts to the techno soundtrack. He described it to Billboard as "a bit of David vs. Goliath," and seems energized by his ever-evolving live shows.
Though no release date has been announced for Hawtin's new album, he told Billboard he "had to revisit what Plastikman was to try and go figure out what Plastikman should be." Undoubtedly fans will be interested to hear the musical journey the new project takes them on, as much as Hawtin is excited to explore the uncharted places the new music has led him.
About Richie Hawtin (Created May 15, 2013)
Who is Richie Hawtin? How about the guy joining the tidal wave of electronic musicians making names for themselves across the pond and in the states? Though this English-Canadian talent was –oddly enough – responsible for putting Detroit on the dance music map.
What is it about Detroit that's so special to Hawtin? Even though he was born in Banbury, England and later moved to LaSalle, Ontario, he was just across the river from The Motor City. And when he began to DJ in clubs at 17, his mix of house music and techno was enough to rattle the underground scene in a way no one else had.
Known for his use of the Roland TB-303 bass machine, Hawtin also worked around the TR-909 drum machine. It's what got him his first record deal in 1993, and elevated him to star status in Europe. By May of 2000 he was also attracting upwards of 200,000 people at outdoor venues in the United States, playing the first Detroit Electronic Festival with a number of other techno masterminds.
Hawtin eventually spent a few years living and working in New York City, but later moved to Berlin, Germany. His hope was to experience the club scene, get his hands on some development software. By 2006, he was collaborating on a composition for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and continued in his endeavors to entertain huge crowds around the world. That latest push including an Electronic Dance Music tour of North American universities in 2012 entitled "CNTRL: Beyond EDM." With 20+ albums and DJ mix compilations to his credit, not to mention more than a dozen aliases, Hawtin remains hot the scene and leaving fans wondering what he'll do next.
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