Tuesday, November 29
Brooklyn, New York
Presenting MODEL 1 by PLAYdifferently
For the very first time, Mixmag Live departed the UK and arrived in the United States. Deservingly, New York City became the first to host Mixmag Live abroad.
Brooklyn's premier nightclub Output played host to Mixmag Live's debut in North America, honoring a league of pioneers not only in techno, but also in music technology. Attendees were also able to experience a hands-on testing of the MODEL 1 mixer in Halcyon Records ahead of the show.
Richie Hawtin led the charge at Mixmag Live, presenting his MODEL 1 PLAYdifferently
For years, Hawtin has been a maestro of both the underground and also a sharp voice and mind behind the intertwined world of music and technology. He found his start in the iconic Detroit scene in the 90s, prominently with his work as Plastikman, pushing the sound of minimal techno to the forefront and helping to define the genre in its early stages.
After establishing his labels and leaving an imprint on the city of Detroit and the genre of techno, Hawtin went on to begin exploring the many realms with which music could be combined. He established ENTER., a specially curated party at Space Ibiza that called upon a wide variety of talents across five rooms in the nightclub. Eventually, his personal love of Japanese culture and specifically, of sake, was also integrated into the event and now remains an ongoing passion project of the Hawtin legacy.
Bronx native and Grammy winner Louie Vega's illustrious career spans over three decades and has awarded him the title as a "godfather of global dance music". Known for his mastery of the rotary mixer, Vega's addition to the celebration of MODEL 1 all the more special of an appearance.
Matador arrives by way of Dublin, a techno maverick and unstoppable force all over the world from Ibiza to Berlin and Los Angeles to Miami.
Finally, outstanding newcomer and Russian output Julia Govor has defied all the odds. Before becoming an acclaimed world talent, Govor debuted as a cassette-DJ in the small military town of Abkhazia and sang in a military band.
Together, the league arrives as ambassadors of MODEL 1 and masters of their craft. It's set to be a special night in Brooklyn for this Mixmag Live celebration of all things music and technology with some of the underground's finest.
[Photo: Zeyad Gohary]
Valerie Lee is Mixmag's US Digital Editor. Follow her on Twitter here