RICHIE HAWTIN

by Jesse Garrick June 2014 Read in PDF format N2/2014
RICHIE HAWTIN THE TECHNO MASTERMIND TALKS ENTER. AND ‘EX’, THE NEW PLASTIKMAN ALBUM RELEASED IN JUNE

ENTER. has developed a very unique, experiential aesthetic. What inspires that?

Well, when we started ENTER. I actually didn’t really think about having an event in Ibiza, because I thought there were enough great events on the island. And so, when a little idea started to come together, it was like: what can I offer that’s different? I wanted to show people what I believe is the diversity and depth of electronic music.

How do the physical dimensions of Space, the multiple areas, help drive and shape the variety of music on offer at ENTER. in Ibiza?

Well, even this year we’re trying to play with the corridor spaces just to give people a complete, immersive experience! You know, I have so many different passions and loves, weirder music and friends... I also wanted to bring sake into it and create a sake bar... All those things and different artists and ideas need to be presented in a different way, and that’s what we’ve been able to do at Space, you know, by the architecture – moving from one room to another – to actually changing some of the rooms a little bit. I hope that sucks people in deeper and deeper and deeper. I want people to come and, you know, when people come to Ibiza you hope that, because they’re on vacation, they’re going to forget about their everyday life. I hope that when they come to ENTER., they forget they’re even on Ibiza!

Is there a story behind the evolution, of the black dot, from a circle to an eclipse and this year to an iris?

There is, you know... The first year it was the dot after ENTER., it was a point of entry, like a doorway that you could climb through. The corona and halo of last year was kinda like this glowing entity of mysteriousness; climbing in, especially last year, to some new artist, especially in the Mind Room, which is a little bit more experimental. And this year the iris really represents the individuality of each of us. The iris is even better than a fingerprint, and the artists that we are presenting at ENTER. all have their own unique place in the world of electronic music.

In June you released the very meditative and nuanced album ‘EX’, the first 100% new Plastikman offering since 2003. What prompted the timing?

I think my creative juices to create new music have been bubbling the last two years. Last year was really inspiring on the island. I had a lot of friends, peers, artists coming in a couple of days early, spending time on boats or having dinners or talking about music. Also, I’m at ENTER. from the beginning to the end so I have a lot of time to walk through and sit in the corner, or hide in the corner, and listen and watch. I saw some incredible performances and heard some beautiful music and all that was kinda bubbling in me. Also there’s been a huge new interest from young people who perhaps only have been exposed to my DJ sets. And I thought it was about time to bring them back up to date with who Richie Hawtin is in 2014 – the DJ and producer.

Finally, the line up at ENTER. this season continues to show an amazing amount of depth... Any new names you’re really pleased to have on board?

Yeah! We have an Italian DJ, Fabio Florido. What I like about Fabio is he actually came to the island two years ago and started working on our promo team and giving out mixes and playing a couple of afterparties and now he’s one of our opening residents! He’s making new music now for my label Minus. The development of another resident, Hito, has been incredible. Last year we had an incredible show by kind of a now-upcoming superstar, Recondite. He’s doing a number of gigs for us both for Mind Room and Main Room. And we’ve invited some old friends who’ve never played ENTER. before: Chris Leibing and Adam Beyer for a show. tINI is on board. Dixon is on board for two shows: one at the sake bar which I’m really really happy with. Voices From The Lake, Pye Corner Audio, Deepbass... And the list goes on... I’m happy to have them all on board!

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