Richie Hawtin - Hifi Club 12 Year Anniversary

Sponsored by Monster Energy

Richie Hawtin - Hifi Club 12 Year Anniversary

Wed June 28

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Hifi Club

$25.00 - $55.00

This event is 18 and over

We're turning 12 and the Hifi Club and Monster Energy are proud to present an anniversary celebration featuring Richie Hawtin. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 12 at 11:00 AM MST

Hawtin is a genuine original. His critical acclaim spans the creative realm of the fine art community to the technological vanguard. Meanwhile, as a performing artist, he is constantly pushing conceptual frontiers, moving things forward, welcoming as many as he can to ideas and experiences that would have seemed pure science fiction when he began his career.

Richie Hawtin
Richie Hawtin
Richie Hawtin is a genuine original. His critical acclaim spans the creative realm of the fine art
community to the technological vanguard. Meanwhile, as a performing artist, he is constantly
pushing conceptual frontiers, moving things forward, welcoming as many as he can to ideas
and experiences that would have seemed pure science fiction when he began his career.
Hawtin is British-born and Canadian-raised. He is the business mind behind Plus8 and
MINUS Records, nurturing a plethora of talent from Speedy J in the early 90s to Gaiser in the
2010s. And, of course, he is Plastikman, perhaps that most of all, electronic musician par
excellence, maintaining an underground agenda of avant-garde electronica over six albums
(and two compilations). He returned spectacularly to the live circuit in 2010 with his
Plastikman 1.5 incarnation which held its own among the new EDM generation of Skrillex,
Deadmau5, etc, stars to whom Hawtin is both old guard ambassador and hero.
It is not just the rising young talents who look up to Hawtin. Daniel Miller, founder of the
seminal Mute label, referred to him as “a leader” and “a pioneer”, the New York Times called
him “one of the electronic dance world's intellectual forces,”. However, it's plaudits from other
areas that showcase the breadth of Hawtin's appeal. Raf Simons, former Creative Director at
Dior, says he listens “to Richie Hawtin's music like others listen to classical music”, calling him
“the Kraftwerk of today”. In 2013 Simons asked Hawtin to put on a special performance at
the Guggenheim, New York's iconic art museum, as the centre-piece for their annual fundraiser.
A special Plastikman show in November that year, constructed around an LED obelisk
and with music specifically composed for the occasion, awed everyone present and pushed
Hawtin through a six year creative block to complete his latest Plastikman album "EX", the
first full studio album in over a decade. “Going to the Guggenheim to make a site-specific
work was one of the most incredible experiences,” he explains, “It put me put me back in the
studio, inspired me to make new material and in five days I'd finished the new album. Music
came out of me because of the opportunity to play in this beautiful architectural space
renowned for art not music. It allowed me to step very far from dancefloor, gave me a huge
amount of freedom back. Art and music, architecture and music, painting, sculpture - these
mediums live together.”
This has not been Hawtin's only crossover to other art forms. In June 2011 he worked with
the Turner Prize-winning British-Indian artist Sir Anish Kapoor to transform the Grand Palais in
Paris into a gigantic red-themed installation and cultural happening. The result was a strikingly
memorable 5000 capacity art-rave, and for the 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony he
worked with Italian choreographer Enzo Cosimi to soundtrack and co-create a stand-alone
dance piece.
More recently he was commissioned as part of Bertrand Bonello' exhibition at the Centre
Pompidou in Paris to re-score Dimitri Kirsanoff's silent film "Brumes
d'automne” (1928). Then there's his ongoing work with his younger brother, the established
graphic artist Matthew Hawtin who has been involved in visually representing much of Richie
Hawtin's work throughout his career. Most recently the pair's Contained concept pieces
created a sensation at Art Basel/Art Miami 2013, with the duo combining visual art and pop-
up musical performances based around shipping containers in the city's famed Wynwood
Design District.
“Art and music were always synonymous when we were growing up,” Hawtin recalls, “We
lived together for about 8 years and I would walk through his art studio, see what was on the
walls, go to my music studio to make noise. The soundproofing wasn’t good so as he was
painting he’d hear what I was doing. There was always an unspoken discussion about what I
was working on and what he was working on. Over the years we did a lot of travelling
together. We started to have this night and day creativity. In the daytime we'd go to art
galleries see Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, and at night we'd be hearing Jeff Mills. Somehow
it all made sense to us. We want to represent this synchronicity.”
The Hawtin family moved from the Oxfordshire village of Middleton Cheney, UK, to Ontario,
Canada, in 1979 when Richie was nine years old. His father, a robotics engineer, encouraged
his son's interest in music and technology. To this day Hawtin remains at the forefront in this
area. A beta-tester for sequencing software Ableton Live as far back as 2000, he has also
worked closely with Native Instruments, notably on their Traktor Scratch programme. On
2008's Contakt Tour with fellow MINUS artists such as Magda and Troy Pierce, Hawtin
jammed on Wireless Audio Workstations using brand new technology such as the Lemur
Controller. His own Berlin-based development company Liine have created an array of
innovations, from the Synk app, which allowed users to interact with Plastikman's live tour in
2010-11, to the Smudge app, which synchronized with audio-visual installations at his
ENTER. Residency in Ibiza in 2012.
It was always thus. The teenage Hawtin was into Detroit techno in the mid-80s, then a
nascent underground machine music rather than a popular style. He became a DJ, setting up
Plus8 with his friend John Acquaviva, with whom he would later co-found the online dance
music hub Beatport in 2004. He set the techno world alight with Plastikman's birth on the
’Spastik' single and 'Sheet One' album in 1993, the latter arriving in a cover that looked like
blotter acid. Where Plastikman began as stark techno, it would later bloom into more
thoughtful fare such as 1998's strange, wonderful "Consumed" album.
Hawtin ruled '90s techno from his base in Windsor, Ontario, via Detroit, his public image that
of the ultimate techno boffin, shaven-headed, serious, with glasses. Things changed after the
millennium. He moved to New York for ten months then headed for Berlin where he grew his
hair, lost the glasses and threw himself wholeheartedly into the lifestyle. There was
concurrently a huge interest in minimal, a stark stripped techno style pioneered by Hawtin
and revelled in by all at MINUS. It was a phase that energized clubland, chucking out
cheesiness and taking dance music back to its percussive roots. Hawtin's close association
with Sven Vath at this time tempered the dark twitchiness of his Plastikman persona, bringing
out his inner joie de vivre. His residences at Vath’s Cocoon nights in Ibiza finally allowed him
to fall in love with the island after a rocky start there back in the '90s. It was the beginning of
a new era.
In 2012, Hawtin created his incredible ENTER. experience at Space, Ibiza, a distillation of his
vision, a five-room adventure impeccably designed, boasting all-night ecstatic dancing and,
as importantly, a Sake Bar, which provides five unique and delectable ENTER.sakes. Then
there's Hawtin's personal favourite space, the glowing, psychedelic, womb-like Mind Room,
marinating in avant-abstract electronica. For 12-14 weeks between 2012 and 2015, 7000
revellers gathered, drawn by the power of “the dot”. ENTER.'s black spot logo, part total
eclipse silhouette, part minimalist art statement, and all marketing genius, bespatters the
white island all summer, from temporary tattoos to beach balls to the cannon confetti that
rains down on ENTER's dance floor. ENTER. has evolved into huge global shows in
Amsterdam, Japan, London, Madrid and Mexico.
Then again, with Hawtin a new era is usually just around the corner. In January, 2016, he
called an end to ENTER. in Ibiza, driven by his desire to focus his attention on an array of new
projects. He has always changed yet always stayed the same, remaining true to his core
ideals but driving forward at speed to see what he can achieve. Nowadays his position as a
statesman for dance music is acknowledged. At the CNTRL series of lectures in 2012, he
toured America's universities, putting the country's current electronic dance boom in context.
If that was about giving the musical present historical perspective, CNTRL returned in 2015
with an 8 date US Tour with lectures at colleges in the day and club shows in the evening, the
talks stroked provoking ideas and practices for burgeoning musicians, producers and DJs. In
2015, his commitment to education, was solidified, when he received an Honorary Doctorate
Of The University Of Huddersfield for Outstanding Contribution to the world of MusicTechnology.
The year before, AIM aka the Association for Independent Music, gave him the
Outstanding Contribution accolade for his dedicated to the sector.
To mark Plus 8 Records reaching 25 years of age, Hawtin wrote and released an entire album
of new material under the various recording aliases he’s used in that time. Titled "From My
Mind To Yours", it was the first dancefloor material from him for some time. Alongside the new
recordings and taking the ENTER.Concept worldwide, Hawtin started 2016 by announcing a
partnership with product designer Andy Rigby-Jones, Allen & Heath and parent company
Audiotonix to create Play Differently. The group will release products which will expand the
creativity of today’s generation of electronic music artists. Richie Hawtin will, as ever, be
revelling in the possibilities of whatever comes next....
Venue Information:
The Hifi Club
219 10th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, T2R 0A4