Serbia’s Exit Festival has the honour of hosting the premiere of Richie Hawtin’s all new live set, a spectacle resulting from months of close work with the festival’s production team on exciting creative and technical details. Taking to the mts Dance Arena stage, Hawtin will seek to push the boundaries of electronic music once again, just as he has done over many years as one of underground music’s most treasured DJs and producers.
Founder of Plus 8 Records, M_nus, and Probe Records, Richie Hawtin has been an influential figure in the rise of techno and house music since the early 1990s. Best known as a producer for his work as Plastikman, Hawtin has been a pioneer in mixing elements of live technology into his DJ sets, often complementing his records with drum machines and synthesisers to add extra umph to his already powerful sets. Sometimes noisy and dark, crashing between acid and brutalist percussion, sometimes spacey and minimal with futuristic, trippy experimentation, Hawtin’s sets mirror his productions in their liberal disregard for expectations. This makes his new project an exciting proposition, and the Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia’s Novi Sad will be a suitably spectacular setting.
Hot Since 82 and Numbers’ boss Jackmaster will also be taking control of the Dance Arena, in what organisers will hope will be the best rendition of Exit Festival to date. Marco Carola, Mind Against, Nina Kraviz, Solomon and Nicky Romero will join the others in Europe’s biggest fortress, which will be open to party goers from July 7th to the 10th.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Richie Hawtin