Plastikman is the most influential and revered alias of Richie Hawtin, a DJ, producer, and label owner (Plus 8, M_nus) who helped establish the template for minimal techno during the early 1990s and continued refining it throughout the course of his extensive career. Using gear that was thought to be obsolete at the time, Hawtin combined lean percussion and equally spare acid lines into haunting techno anthems that kicked with more than enough power for the dancefloor while diverting headphone listeners as well. Pounding, acid-tinged releases like 1993's Sheet One gave way to the dubbed-out echo-chamber isolationism of 1998's Consumed, with headstrong techno as F.U.S.E. and a series of reductionist singles as Concept 1 arriving in between. Plastikman's 21st century releases include 2014's Guggenheim-recorded EX and 2022's Consumed in Key, Chilly Gonzales' rework of the 1998 full-length.
BORNJune 4, 1970