Richie Hawtin: CNTRL Tour (Detroit)

WGlasshouse —  November 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

During all of the lectures at the Beyond EDM tour, I ponder whether any of the speakers warn about the effects of hearing loss. After the party at TV Lounge on Monday I can see that this topic was not part of the curriculum. It was loud! Good thing I had my trusty earplugs with me.

Anywho, I arrived at the bar around 11:30 and caught Loco Dice tearing it up. If I had two words to describe his set they would be, trippy house. Dice’s music always has this undefinable essence to it. Is it house, is it techno, is it tech house? Not like it really matters. I guess I’m trying to say that he has a good way of defining his style without sounding like everyone else. A good thing indeed. He was definitely bringing it hard. I saw Richie walk up to him and whisper something around 12:15 and immediately after that the volume started to be cranked up louder and louder. Too loud. You can’t preach to a deaf crowd.

As soon as Richie walked up to the DJ booth the crowd started going nuts. He wasn’t even playing yet and people were being effected by his presence alone. Understandable for a techno legend. He instantly dropped some 909 drums and everyone was going crazy. I heard one kid say to his friend, “this is so old school”. I chuckled. It seems that Richie is moving away from the blips and bloops and more into a harder style. He used to take a lot of time building things up, but lately he just keeps it banging the whole time, which is cool and all. I just couldn’t help but think that he was starting to sound like everyone else only with some added machine gun drums and delay tricks. He was good though. Not complaining only analyzing.

All in all it was a good night. The music was on point and the crowd was “cool”. I like the TV lounge but wish they would have used another venue like a warehouse or something bigger. There was no room to dance at all. The constant bumping of people trying to get by made things slightly uncomfortable at times. This Wednesday at the Necto in Ann Arbor, they are playing again. This should prove to be a better venue for an event like this. Check out the video below to catch a glimpse of the vibe of the evening. Cheers.


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Walter Glasshouse is a DJ, Writer and Promoter from Detroit, Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @DJGlasshouse and at He runs a monthly at the Grasshopper in Ferndale, and he loves showcasing Detroit's unique talent base. His DJ sets go all the way from house music to trip-hop, and it's all done with soul and turntablism. Walter also performs as an emcee under the name AudioLogical . He's a little busy, but he loves to write and share his love for music here.
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