BBC R1′s Heidi & Richie Hawtin
Thought I would write my first blog entry on the Music Lord that is Richie Hawtin.
I would rarely go out of my way to sit and take time out to listen to interviews etc but I just had to make an exception for this.
Clubbing, techno music, DJing, festivals and everything that comes with that scene were a big part of my life during the teenage years, and this guy featured heavily during that period.
I knew nothing about Richie’s background, upbringing or how he go sucked into the music scene, I know him solely from live mixes I have downloaded over the years and having the privilege of seeing him live in Belfast and at Creamfields. The energy, passion and genuine love for music oozes out of him every time you hear him and this resonates into the crowd, always making for an electric atmosphere. The only other little tidbit that I knew about Richie prior to this interview was that he was influenced by the “ Belleville three“, and anyone who is influenced by Derrick May alone is worth listening to.
Richie carries himself very well throughout the interview and if anyone had any questions on his demeanor, attitude or personality then I think this interview would quash any fears, as he comes across as a genuine, down-to-earth guy that just has a passion for what he does and what he can do.
This BBCR1 feature goes into great details about Richie’s life from a young age right up until his current venture, ENTER. The interview itself is thorough but relaxed and this has to be due to the fact that it is his genuine long-term personal friend interviewing him, Hiedi.
The one thing that the interview did not go into in great detail was how influential Richie has been to the new breed of DJs. From the very beginning of the transitioning between vinyl, to CD, to MP3 files only, to MIDI sampling etc, Richie was at the forefront.
I remember watching an brief talk years ago where Richie was discussing a technology of playing MP3 files via a vinyl deck, on a blank vinyl record with everything connected to a computer, thus allowing DJs to play a set with only two records in their armory. I must admit I was skeptical at the time but I am of course talking about the unbelievable world of Final Scratch.
Since then technologies have kept progressing in the music/DJ world with Richie always popping up when researching each technological step. I love reading and discovering these technologies and hope to see Richie continuing his tireless quest to bring music to the masses in his own unique way. I think Richie should be admired purely for the fact that someone of his stature and fame within the DJ world is still so underground.
I hope the younger generation enjoy your ENTER nights half as much as I enjoyed your live sets Richie!