It’s a geek thing – Richie Hawtin & Dubfire go C2C
Leave it to ENTER. mastermind Richie Hawtin to take the B2B trend (that’s DJs playing back-to-back, if you’ve been living under a rock the size of Es Vedra for the past few years) to the next level. Tonight, Hawtin and long-time musical pal Dubfire go C2C at Space Ibiza, bringing their mutual love of technology into the mix (pun intended) via a click-to-click performance that sees the duo live remixing on the fly, and collaborating on the spot to create unique tracks throughout the session.
Of course, C2C is not an entirely new thing – the duo first performed together click-to-click style at Womb Festival in Tokyo in 2009 (watch here for a teaser), as have the likes of Skrillex and Major Lazer – but leave it to Richie Hawtin to bring it to the mainstream. Or, as the case may be, ENTER.Main – the cavernous Discoteca of Space Ibiza, where he and Dubfire will play until the early hours.
Always at the forefront of innovation in the clubbing scene, Hawtin – a self-proclaimed electronic futurist and maverick whose critical acclaim runs from the fine art community to the techno vanguard – has always strived to break boundaries, push frontiers and pioneer ideas that seem virtually impossible to others. Geeky? Yeah, sure – but as history has proven time and time again, it’s the geeks who ultimately get the girls, the crowds and the critical acclaim.
One of this year’s most impressive technological advancements at ENTER. is ENTER.CNTRL, an interactive music installation which invites clubbers to touch, play, experiment and create their own experiences using CORVUS by CONDUCTR on the rooftop Premier Etage of Space Ibiza. CNTRL was originally a concept created by Hawtin, who toured colleges in North America with the educational concept in 2012. CORVUS by Conductr is a large format multi-touch surface where users can launch, mix, and transform the sounds of the room, provided by the artists on the ENTER. line-up. Combined, the ENTER.CNTRL experience really has to be experienced to be understood.
For those interested in the teach specs, the Space website describes the CORVUS as follows. ‘This large circular instrument contains six unique slices, each allowing anyone to take over and manipulate one aspect of the mix. The area will also feature a section to test the Subpac – a tactile sound device that adds onto your normal headphone or speaker listening experience of music, adding lower frequencies to the music and reconnecting you to a full spectrum sound experience, which neatly ties into the ENTER. ethos of MUSIC & EXPERIENCE. The CNTRL surface is designed by Ean Golden and DJ TechTools, who are the worlds leading experts on DJ technology and music hardware.’ Got it?
In addition to his C2C set alongside Dubfire tonight, Richie Hawtin is also heading into the booth of the ENTER.Mind room for his debut performance, playing an extremely rare DJ set under his historic performance and recording identity, Plastikman – an electronic music phenomenon whose followers are legion and fanatic (and dare we say it again, geeky!). One for the history books.
Finally, for those who can’t be in Ibiza, you can tune into live streams from the ENTER.Sake bar every Thursday night from 9pm here – with the next few week’s B2B line-ups promising some seriously good entertainment… even if they’re not C2C-ing just yet! Tonight, check out Maya Jane Coles B2B Kim Ann Foxman and next week, Richie Hawtin goes back to back with Maceo Plex, while the closing sees Dubfire and Victor Calderone perform together.