A long-form interview with Richie Hawtin

A long-form interview with Richie Hawtin

As regular readers will know, I've been deep into electronic music since I was a teenager. I often feel the genre has a perception issue - many people associate it with throwaway music and drug culture. While this isn't completely unfair, there's so much more to it than that.

It's a true sub-culture, full of incredible creativity and innovation. And alongside video games I wonder if it's the art form that connects humans and technology most deeply.

When it comes to the people at the forefront of connecting people and machines, using tech to be creative, Richie Hawtin is right up there.

Shapeshifting from geeky Canadian teenage producer, to global superstar DJ, and technology entrepreneur, he's led a fascinating life.

His latest project seeks to give back while continuing to push things forward. 'bullfrog' is a synthesizer aimed at teenagers, helping them get in touch with their creativity, and learning about physics and music simultaneously.

I got to spend a couple of hours with him and the project's co-creator Girts Ozolins. The resulting feature is now live on the Wavetable site. It's one of the best pieces I've written - I'm really pleased with how it came out.

Hope you enjoy it.

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