PLASTIKMAN’S consumed album
I’m a club kid at heart, and not a day goes by that I don’t listen to Plastikman, aka Richie Hawtin. I first saw Richie years ago, when I was 20-something, at I Love Techno, one of the huge live events we have in Belgium that 60,000 or 70,000 kids go to. He is such a master: the hardest, the best, technologically the most innovative. He grew up near Detroit, so he’s connected to the innovators there, though he spends a lot of time in Berlin now. For years I have had a total obsession with Kraftwerk, and I think Richie is the Kraftwerk of today.
He put out one CD, Consumed, which is almost silent. You can’t dance to it—it’s atmospheric. I’ve used it a lot in my shows, and I listen to it all the time. I am always playing music, and when I play Consumed in the studio, we have arguments. There’s one song that starts with a sound like ping, ping, ping for a full minute, and it drives everyone crazy—“No! Not again!”
Photography by Willy Vanderperre