Who would have thought someone born in an Oxfordshire market town could do so much for techno? Not many, probably, but Richie Hawtin's achieved remarkable things since launching his career in the late 1980s.
He's spearheaded the minimal techno movement, working under countless aliases such as F.U.S.E and Plastikman and provided platforms for like-minded producers with his Plus 8 and M_nus labels. On top of that, he's held residencies at the world's best clubs, Space Ibiza being one of them, and taken it upon himself to educate young people on the history of dance music.
These achievements haven't gone unrecognised, though. He's picked up countless awards in his time and we've shown him love many times in the past. There's always time for a little more affection, so we've compiled 10 iconic Richie moments below.
Launching his Plastikman alias with 'Spastik'
Richie Hawtin had already been around for a few years before the Plastikman moniker came to life in 1993, releasing under the name F.U.S.E on his and John Acquaviva's Plus 8 Records. Bleepy techno tracks such as 'Approach & Identify' and 'Phase 1 (Motor City Madness)' ensured he was seen as a spearhead of Detroit techno's second wave (having started DJing there as a teenager), but the entrance of Plastikman in 1993 opened up a whole new career path for the Oxfordshire-born producer. 'Spastik' gave us a pungent taste of the high-octane material to come under the alias, one that's been his most used over a 30-year span.
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Richie Hawtin, Ida Engberg and Ben Klock confirmed for EXIT Festival's Dance Arena
The Serbian festival runs from July 12 to 15