Electronic music innovators and world-leading DJs RICHIE HAWTIN and LOCO DICE are launching a music and technology tour of Canadian and U.S. colleges, taking the history and the future of the platform to the very people who could well be the next generation of producers, DJs, technology innovators or simply advocates of the sound that is sweeping the continent after 20 years of trying. The tour, called CNTRL: BEYOND EDM – ELECTRONIC & TECHNO(LOGY) BASED MUSIC, will be a groundbreaking North American college tour combining educational daytime lectures on music technology presented by DUPSPOT in some of the leading universities and colleges, followed by an evening of electronic music with RICHIE HAWTIN, LOCO DICE, EAN GOLDEN from DJ TechTools and their touring guest DJ's.
About RICHIE HAWTIN:
RICHIE HAWTIN is a sound and technology adventurer who has been named the “World's Best DJ” in the most credible electronic music polls, and is widely acknowledged as being the most technologically-advanced artist in electronic music. He has invested in, endorsed and helped develop some of the most forward-thinking products in the electronic music space including Native Instrument’s pioneering Traktor software, number one dance music digital retailer Beatport, his Liine APP development company and Allen & Heath's limited edition custom CTRL:92 DJ mixers—the first ever to be fully Midi-enabled, which both he and his father helped to conceptualize and design. In 2010 RICHIE HAWTIN relaunched his alter-ego Plastikman and launch the PLASTIKMAN LIVE world tour. The show was voted the best live act of 2010 by Resident Advisor readers and also was included in U.K. tastemaker magazine MixMag’s best live dance act shortlist. In conjunction, he released Arkives, a major Plastikman retrospective in multiple formats. This past spring he launched RICHIE HAWTIN Presents ENTER., his curated musical platform featuring some of the leading names in minimal/techno/house today for his residency in Ibiza. As Vibe recently put it: “EDM man of mystery – Richie Hawtin is arguably one of the biggest risk takers and boundary breakers in EDM history.”
About LOCO DICE:
LOCO DICE is widely considered to be one of the cornerstones of the electronic music community, both a lynchpin for and driving force behind house & techno music for well over a decade. Through a finely-balanced combination of breaking artists via his highly influential record label Desolat; his own accomplished production catalogue (for imprints such as M nus, Cadenza, Ovum, Four Twenty and Cocoon); and his legendary DJ sets (his previous residency at Ibiza’s intimate house mecca DC-10, and now his current Amnesia terrace residency with Cocoon), Dice has forged a reputation that has seen him enter the small band of elite underground DJs. His appeal stems from a particular skill that DJs spend a lifetime trying to hone. In Dice this is inherent. His ability to puzzle together intangible moods and tap into a crowds collective consciousness fuels his internal cinematic view of music. As the highly respected tastemakers Resident Advisor explained in their ‘Top 100 Poll’ (where he was placed 4th); “what sets him apart isn't what he plays, but the way he plays”. His unique mixing style is informed by a life-long affinity with Hip-Hop culture. His time as a Hip-Hop DJ reached its pinnacle in the mid-90’s when he toured with some of the genre’s leading artists. And his musical journey appears to now be coming full circle with the likes of ICE-T recently introducing him to the stage at Movement 2012 in Detroit, or Hip-Hop bible Vibe Mag pinning him as ‘a most dominant dance music force, [who is] treated like royalty and respected like a God’. Loco Dice’s appeal is a far-reaching as ever.
About EAN GOLDEN:
EAN GOLDEN is a forward thinking performance DJ that has played a major role in the development of digital DJ-ing throughout the world. Along with popularizing controllerism and DJ controllers, he was the lead designer on several of the top selling DJ products in the last five years including Traktor S4, Novation Dicer, and Midi Fighter. Since 2007 Ean has been running DJ TechTools.com, the leading DJ technology outlet that hosts over a million people each month. Through this community, he has been very influential in educating the new generation in the creative power of digital technology while respecting the history of DJ culture. On stage, Ean creates a unique blend of live performance with flawless mixing that bends genres and raises the bar of what a DJ can do today.