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Richie Hawtin breaks for Plastikman for DJ show

of the Oakland Press

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Coming home isn’t something Richie Hawtin takes lightly.

The Windsor-Detroit electronic music pioneer will DJ in the D this week after presenting his Plastikman Live spectacle at this year’s Movement Detroit Electronic Music Festival in May. But Hawtin says the smaller scale should not signal lesser ambitions.

“On one level you can say it’s much easier to jump into DJ shows,” Hawtin, 40, explains, “but I actually hesitate when I start to say that, because both of them have a ton of work attached to them. With DJing there’s so many new tracks coming out daily; nearly every week or 10 days I have 10 to 15 gigabytes of new (music) to go through.

“At the same time, the DJ sides of things ... is in a way more lighthearted than traveling with an 11-member crew and friends for Plastikman Live. It’s a conversation between you and whoever is there, and you just try to bash everybody’s heads together and come up with as good a time as possible.”

And while he’s DJing under his own name, Hawtin is unquestionably still in Plastikman mode. He’s preparing to roll out a comprehensive package called “Arkives,” a 12-disc set that includes all six Plastikman albums from 1993-2010, five CDs of rare and unreleased material — including the new single “Slinky” — and a DVD, as well as a 64-page book and a custom-made holiday card.

“Arkives” is due out in February, but Hawtin is taking pre-orders now at www.plastikman.com, and he’s hoping the package will generate momentum for more Plastikman activity in 2011, including five Australian dates and a planned fall tour in North America.

“I do feel there’s a certain momentum right now,” Hawtin says. “We’re enjoying huge crowds and success and notoriety, and I really believe that there’s a lot of kids out there who are coming to our gigs and partying and dancing ... but they don’t know the whole history of Plastikman. Some of them weren’t even born.

“So ‘Arkives’ is really to bring everyone up to speed, to knock on the doors of old fans and say ‘Remember this?’ and to knock on the doors of the younger fans who are at the gigs now and say, ‘OK, you need to know a couple of tracks here that are gonna connect you more to the artist you like right now.

“And for me, this nostalgic step back is only to bring myself back up to date as well so I can take that next step into whatever (Plastikman) needs to be in the future.”

Richie Hawtin performs at DJ set on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Elysium Lounge, 625 Shelby St., Detroit. Gaiser, Chuck Flask and Matthew Hawtin will also perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-962-2244 or visit www.elysiumlounge.com.

Web Site: www.elysiumlounge.com

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