Selected by Don Crispy
Techno DJ Richie Hawtin
looks to be a busy man this coming weekend, with a set at Fuji Rock Festival to be
preceded by a headlining appearance at Liquid Room for the second installment in
the club' Extremes series.
Growing up just over the border from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, Hawtin came under the
spell of the legendary Detroit "Bellevue Three" techno innovators, Juan
Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson.
Launching his own club in his hometown, Hawtin was soon DJing across the river in Detroit
at The Shelter. There he was fully exposed to the developing Detroit scene and
began showcasing his own talents as well.
Not content simply with DJing, Hawtin soon hooked up with the like-minded Kenny Larkin.
The pair began laying down tracks, and Hawtin soon founded the Plus 8 label as a vehicle
for his minimalist, techno compositions.
Plus 8 in 1993 inked a deal with London-based NovaMute records for his debut album.
Released under his Plastikman moniker, Sheet One - with its brutal, alien
percussion assault and trance-inducing repetitiveness - created the blueprint for the
minimalist techno to come.
Musik followed in 1994, and a 1995 Glastonbury festival appearance introduced
Hawtin to the world. In recent years, he has become one of the most respected DJs on the
circuit, including a storming set at last fall's Electraglide event at the giant
Makuhari Messe convention center near Tokyo that featured a live performance based on last
year's Decks, EFX & 909 album.
|Maniac Love veteran DJ Wada
At Liquid Room Hawtin will
be in fine company, with Maniac Love stalwart DJ Wada (Reel Musiq) also well
capable of working a crowd into a lather. A professional DJ for 21 years and master of
ceremonies at Maniac Love's long-running Saturday Cycle events, Wada has also been
pushing the envelope of techno with live sets as part of his Co-Fusion duo, at
Liquid Room and abroad as well.
Also on the bill will be respected DJ Shufflemaster (Subvoice/Tresor). The DJ's
most recent release is EXP on Germany's Tresor label, an album about which he
commented: "The album EXP does not contain just one theme or concept. Events
in life and the factors that surround the musical styles could be expressed by words such
as expansion, experience, experiment, exploration, explosion, exposure and express."
Room, 7/27, 9pm, JY3500 (adv), JY4000 (door). Tel: 03-3200-6831. www.liquidroom.net