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Richie Hawtin (born June 4, 1970, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England) is a Canadian electronic musician and internationally-touring DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave of artists in the early 1990s.
Hawtin is most known for his haunting, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a moniker he continued to use into the mid-2000s.
He is also known for DJing intelligent, minimal techno sets making use of high-tech electronics such as drum machines and digital mixing equipment. With fellow second-waver John Acquaviva he founded and still runs the Plus 8 record label in May 1990, and in 1998 he launched M_nus (graphically represented with a boxed underscore in place of the "i"), a label primarily for his own projects.

Hawtin has also recorded music under the aliases F.U.S.E, Concept 1, Circuit Breaker, The Hard Brothers, Hard Trax, Jack Master, and UP!. He also recorded and performed, in combination with other artists, under group names such as 0733, Cybersonik, Final Exposure, Spawn, and States Of Mind. A collaboration by Richie with Pete Namlook produced the From Within series of albums.

Although he was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in England, Richie Hawtin spent most of his life in LaSalle, Ontario, which is a suburb of Windsor, Ontario. Richie attended Sandwich Secondary High School in LaSalle. He spent part of 2002 and 2003 living in New York City, and has since moved to Berlin, Germany. He has one brother, Matthew, who is a visual artist and ambient music DJ.

Prior to about 1993, Richie Hawtin was billed for DJ appearances under the name Richie Rich, a name also used by an American hip hop music DJ who was a member of 3rd Bass, and also a UK house music DJ who was actively producing remixes around the same time.

Hawtin collaborated with choreographer Enzo Cosimi to create a composition called "9.20" for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.


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