Richard Michael Hawtin (Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, June 4, 1970) is a British / Canadian producer of electronic music and an international DJ. He was an influential part of the second wave of Detroit Techno in the early 90s. Hawtin is best known for his minimalist work under the alias Plastikman. He is also one of the most respected DJs around the world. Together with John Acquaviva he formed the label Plus 8 in 1990. In 1998 he founded the label M_nus minimal.
Late 80s Richard came first in contact with Jeff Mills and he got his own radio show on Detroit radio station 96.3 FM.
If dj Hawtin was revolutionary by not only records but also 303′s and 909′s with the software to play. “Final Scratch” These days he mostly plays with the software “Ableton Live” in combination with “Traktor”.
In 2004 Hawtin moved to Berlin (see slogans like “Let’s Be Cool, Move to Berlin and buy T-shirts”) to collaborations with Ricardo Villalobos and Magda.
Hawtin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, but moved when he was aged nine to LaSalle, Ontario, a suburb of Windsor, Ontario, and just across the river from Detroit, the birthplace of techno. His father worked as a robotics technician at General Motors, and was a fan of electronic music, introducing his son to Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream at an early age. He has one brother, Matthew, who is a visual artist and ambient music DJ. Hawtin attended Sandwich Secondary High School in LaSalle. He began to DJ in clubs in Detroit at 17, and his early style was a mix of house music and techno.
With Canadian DJ John Acquaviva he formed the label Plus 8 in 1990 to release his own tracks under the name F.U.S.E. He spent part of 2002 and 2003 living in New York City, and has since moved to Berlin, Germany. He said, “I’d always wanted to move to Europe. I needed somewhere that was inspiring and where there were like-minded musicians and artists, somewhere you could still experiment with music and with life. Berlin is so liberal in so many different ways; there’s an amazing club scene, there’s a great development software tech scene, there are so many resources here.”