- 01 Sep 19
The DJ superstar did not impress as much as usual last night.
Richie Hawtin made his great come back at EP last night, after he had played a stellar set there in 2012. Although, this time around, his performance was not quite as mind blowing.
British-born and Canada based, the acclaimed DJ and has long been considered an icon of the electronic world - and there is absolutely no denying that he is an extremely talented maestro.
Expectingly, his performance drew what can be considered a very big audience at the Electric Arena. Yet, this is not much compared to the gigantic crowd he had attracted at EP's Main Stage back in 2012.
It can be argued that this is is because the festival has expanded a lot since then, resulting in a lot of acts clashing and in the crowd being divided and spread over even more all over the main site and the new Freetown area.
Richie Hawtin is at legendary level in the DJing world though. Kettama and Tommy Holohan, both young Irish DJs on a steady rise to prominence, have managed to attract substantially bigger crowds on Friday night.
It is also worth noting that Hawtin was definitely overshadowed by the absolutely stellar performance of Maceo Plex last night which went on pretty much at the same time on the complete opposite side of the festival. Another highly praised DJ and producer, Plex drew an impressively huge crowd at the Terminus stage from start to finish.
It is isn't all about numbers, however. The hundreds of people who attended Hawtin's gig seemed to really connect with his performance - and that's what matters the most.
I personally found it a little hard to really get into it. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe Hawtin's energy that night was too low.
While his mixing skills are absolutely impeccable, his set sounded too generic sometimes, a bit repetitive also.
Hawtin's ability to mix music extremely well may have worked against him, in the sense that it was too perfectly orchestrated and not quite exciting enough. There was no real progression or unexpected breaks to spice things up a bit.
Overall, it felt to me as if Hawtin's show failed to really takeoff. Arguably, many shared that opinion but this may only be a matter of taste.
The revered DJ definitely showed that he knows exactly what he is doing - last night performance just lacked its usual extra spark which could have made it so much more special.