Hawtin on outdoing them all with Plastikman 1.5

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“I wanted to bring the most forward-thinking, underground, live-electronic show to the centre stage,” says Richie Hawtin in a new interview with Data Transmission. The techno trailblazer is describing the ‘1.5’ redux of his Plastikman Live show, which floored The Likes Of You tent at Future Music Festival this year in its original incarnation.

For the Plastikman Live 1.5 world tour, though, Hawtin is aiming higher. He’s also out to separate himself from the spectacle we’ve come to expect from big-budget dance live shows.

“I still feel that there is a lot of electronic shows that have flashing lights and video screens – but I didn’t see things that were tightly synchronised and syncopated,” he muses to DT. “I know that the people who did try doing that; they would press a button to start the visuals and would line stuff up and playback. Nothing I guess is essentially happening live.

“Most of the acts doing these shows are commercial acts as well. Even Chemical Brothers, Underworld – I love Underworld – they make great music, but it’s pop. I wanted to bring the most forward thinking, underground, live-electronic show to the centre stage. To the masses I guess – and to show that electronic music can more than hold its own on the stages of today.”

Always a fascinating interviewee, you can read more about the mechanics of Plastikman Live in the full interview. Do you think Hawtin’s got the most forward-thinking live electronic show around? Maybe he’ll have to book in a return visit so we can take another look.

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