Fans of Richie Hawtin‘s more introverted and mysterious Plastikman alias got some huge news this week, with the techno giant confirming to fans via Twitter they can expect a new LP and tour from the project in 2019.
Hawtin told a fan in a response he’d have to wait for his current CLOSE live tour to wrap before his alias truly resurfaced, so it may be some time before we get a glimpse of the next Plastikman era. Still, it’s exciting news from a side of Hawtin the dance music scene has been missing since 2014’s EX live album. The Plastikman alias first surfaced in 1993 and has since been the moniker of multiple EPs and albums, but the alter ego has been less active in the past several years. New Plastikman means new wonderfully weird and experimental tunes from one of techno’s preeminent minds, and fans should keep their eyes and ears peeled as 2019 nears.
Aspiring producers hoping to create music sound like the producers who inspire them, look no further than Sounds.com‘s newest residency series Sounds Originals. The site launched in 2018 as a subscription-based platform for loops and samples created by Native Instruments. Through Sounds Originals, the site is partnering with industry veterans Diplo, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, and Catnapp, giving subscribers access to their unique sonic identities through multiple downloadable sample packs. The Sounds Originals partners will also participate in a variety of user-centric activities. The launch of the series marks the next step in realizing the company’s vision of democratizing creative tools so anyone can freely express their musical ideas.
Diplo is the first artist to launch his Sounds Originals partnership, and the first of multiple Diplo packs, titled Diplo Drops are available October 12. The artist spoke about the partnership, saying “I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound. I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”
Sounds.com subscribers now have exclusive access to a collection of Diplo’s one-shot samples, vocals, vocal stabs, and synth textures – all in a bass and dance style. Those looking to get involved can find more information on Sounds Originals here.
Techno visionary Richie Hawtin is a titan of touring. Whether it’s DJing famed Ibiza clubs or a festival set on the beaches of Croatia, the minimal mastermind is always ready to put on an impressive show. Hawtin took things to the next level in 2017 with the debut of his audio-visual production, CLOSE, at Coachella last year. Now Richie Hawtin has announced the only 2018 North American date of the highly coveted performance, coming to New York City this winter.
The show will be hosted by OUTPOST Events at Avant Gardner, the large-scale, multi-room Brooklyn venue that has been providing some of the strongest house and techno lineups in the city. Hawtin will set up shop in the spacious Great Hall, which boasts 15,000 square feet of space and a seriously destructive sound system. Featuring elaborate, improvised sets that have been praised as a groundbreaking testament to Hawtin’s live performance skills, this show is poised to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. Supporting acts for the show have not yet been announced, but tickets are available from Avant Gardner now.
In a new video posted online, Richie Hawtin walks through the setup to his lauded audiovisual performance, known as CLOSE. The veteran Canadian electronic figurehead first debuted his technological masterpiece at Coachella in 2017. His unique stage rig, accompanied by hypnotizing visuals, and and on-the-fly sound design and improvised arrangements has been a catalyst for some of his most memorable outings to date.
Each of his improvised performance carries the objective of exploring the relationship between human creativity and the technologies that foster creative expression. CLOSE is about experimenting, allowing Hawtin to go with the flow, and direct the show according to how he feels — a true improvisational act in the electronic space from one of the greats. Hawtin is bringing his explorative CLOSE show to Glasgow’s O2 Academy on October 11 and The Roundhouse in London on October 12.
Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2 am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music
Ibiza, Spain—On the brink of their 2018 season, the White Isle has been all over the Electronic World News for their rift with banning Airbnb and renting out homes in certain areas of the island and the government goal of closing clubs at 2am. But we are staying positive knowing that the Electronic Music Capital
Boiler Room, the global online music broadcasting platform is best known for broadcasting the underground. Whether you’re looking to sit back and watch hours of techno, acid, or house music, Boiler Room has got you covered. Since its beginnings in March 2010 by Blaise Bellville, Boiler Room has made quite the name for itself. “Whether
Sonus Festival’s sixth event will take place August 19–23, and offers attendees a range of activities including water sports and boat parties. Best known as one of the summer season’s top destinations, Sonus pairs unrivaled talent with a stunning, five-day programming specially curated with the house and techno music fan in mind.
Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut as Sonus Festival unveils its second phase lineup in the coming months.
Photo courtesy of Elephant Studio. Learn more about Sonus Festival and purchase tickets here.
Awakenings Festival has announced its glorious 2018 lineup, which will descend upon the grounds of Spaarnwoude on June 30 and July 1.
Over 100 artists will perform over the two days with some of techno’s heaviest acts fronting the bill. Artists like Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth, and more, are some of the prime stalwarts on the bill. Awakenings will also see an equal dosage of techno’s ever-rising stalwarts like Job Jobse, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, and Dax J making their Awakening debuts.
As expected, Awakenings Festival will be going above and beyond in their groundbreaking production. Attendees can expect top-of-the-line stage design, particularly in the open air areas of the festival.
Novi Sad, Serbia’s award-winning Exit Festival has just announced its dance arena’s “heroes of techno” line-up.
Exit Festival will host Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Ben Klock, Amelie Lens, Danish DJ Anastasia Kristensen, Croatia’s DJ Jock, and Dusan Nikolic b2b Runy at its 2018 dance arena installment. In 2018, Exit will be holding five festivals in five different countries as part of Exit Freedom and promises “even more innovations” than in years past.
Exit Festival runs from July 12–15. More information and tickets are available here.