Richie Hawtin is bringing his CLOSE: spontaneity & synchronicity show to London’s Roundhouse for a one-off extravaganza in October.
As the name suggests, the concept is all about bringing the audience closer to the performer, their equipment and techniques. By breaking down barriers – namely, exposing Richie – normally hidden behind a booth and mountain of hardware. By stripping these elements back, not only do the crowd get to see every motion unobstructed, but Hawtin himself is unchained from shackles, unconfined and free to roam and prance around the stage. It really is about freedom of improvisation. With the use of cameras, giant screens, real-time feed and integrated A/V software, even those at the back can see exactly what the master craftsman is doing and feel a more intimate connection with performer and music.
Ever the technophile, few electronic music artists have embraced technological advancements quite like the British-born, Canadian star. To call him a visionary would be an understatement. With the development of his industry-leading Mixer1, Hawtin has championed a PLAYdifferently mentality, endorsed by some of the scene’s leading figureheads. Acts like Chris Liebing, Nicole Moudaber and Dubfire are all vocal proponents of the tool – each of them official ambassadors. It speaks volumes of Hawtin’s pioneering status that these contemporaries follow in line. That same unearthing pursuit to make every performance different led to the development of the CLOSE show. This isn’t just entertainment, but education.
The show debuted at Coachella in 2017 with further notable outings later the same year at Sydney’s Opera House and Creamfields, before its most recent outing at London’s brand new All Points East festival. But now the show gets its own exclusive UK showcase at an iconic venue befitting the spectacle. Joining him at The Roundhouse will be fellow hardware enthusiast TM404 – a Swedish electronic music artist who will be familiar to many as a staple of Hawtin’s hugely successful ENTER. event series.
Tickets are on sale now but very limited with demand expecting to outstrip supply. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch Richie Hawtin as you’ve never seen him before.