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The man behind the legend: how Richie Hawtin became Plastikman

Richie Hawtin is one of underground dance music’s most seminal figures; a third-culture kid who would go on to change the face of clubbing forever. Born in Britain, raised in Canada and then reincarnated in Detroit, the enigmatic Hawtin’s influence on the minimal scene has been considerable. He’s a techno god. Consistently committed to reinvention, Richie first made a name for himself by cultivating the Plastikman legend in Detroit, then became a star all over again as Richie Hawtin in Berlin, conquering techno’s twin capitals in the process. In Loco Dice’s words: he’s a techno “messiah.”

In this fascinating one-hour profile, Radio 1‘s Heidi tells us the Plastikman story from the very beginning, tracing Richie’s career from dirty warehouses to international quasi-stardom. We get a few crazy stories, too, including a couple of politically incorrect adventures from the early days of acid house and the Detroit underground rave scene. If you’re a techno lover, you need to hear this piece, and it’s only available for another three days.

Via: BBC Radio 1

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