‘s iconic alter-ego Plastikman will embark on a full live tour in late-2011 in a new upgraded 1.5 format as it continues to evolve and push technology & live performance forward.
Plastikman is arguably one of the only live shows around where all aspects of the performance – music, lighting, audio, visuals and real-time audience interaction via the SYNK App – are controlled by a single on-stage performer. The Plastikman live experience has been developed by the electronic visionary Richie Hawtin, Derivative Inc. & his production team over the past ten years. In 2010, readers of the largest electronic music portal Resident Advisor voted Plastikman as the ‘number one’ live electronic show of the year.
Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman creation returned in 2010 and debuted its new look at Timewarp in Mannheim in March of that year. This version toured festivals the world over, establishing an unrivalled reputation as one of the most spectacular electronic live shows of all time, and quickly united a new generation of music fans with those who had followed the Plastikman project from its groundbreaking innovations in the 1990s. The Plastikman logo once again has returned to the forefront of the electronic movement as EDM (electronic dance music) fever gripped North America and Plastikman performed acclaimed shows at Electric Daisy Carnival and Canada’s Mutek.
Hawtin and his team have continued to develop and evolve the show – incorporating brand new Plastikman music, visuals and interactive technologies. Plastikman Live 1.5 appears next with a debut show in Ibiza at Amnesia for the ‘I Want My MTV’ concert series (August 5 2011), followed by a performance in New York City for the Electric Zoo festival on Memorial Day weekend (September 2 2011) before the European tour begins in Budapest at Hungary’s Bonusz festival in October.
The updates of the show have once again been created within Hawtin’s fully-collaborative lighting, visual and interactive team: Ali Demirel & Jarrett Smith of Derivative Inc. (TouchDesigner visuals); Matthias Vollrath (lighting integrations); Jeremy Jacobs (JPLS) & Johannes Kramer (sonic upgrades); and Robert Hexler & Bryan McDade (interactivity).
As with all previous dates, Plastikman Live will be fully interactive for any fans with the free SYNK iPhone application, which itself has been relaunched with new features including a live chat, live behind-the-curtain camera feed and more interactive elements, making the show one of the only genuinely interactive concert experiences in the world today.
Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman states: “I’m incredibly excited to finally take Plastikman on its first standalone tour. These dates will represent the last opportunities for fans to catch Plastikman Live in its current form: the 1.5 version of the show we’ve spent nearly a year of fine-tuning. After that, Plastikman will be returning to the shadows to begin work on a brand new 2.0 concept. The fall tour will be full of surprises, and the performance will continue to be spontaneous and unique for every show – the way I believe live music should be performed in 2011.”
Support on the tour will come from Minus artists including Marco Carola, Magda, Gaiser and Ambivalent – with full line-ups for each date to be announced shortly.
The Plastikman Live 2011 tour is in proud association with media & ticket partner Resident Advisor.
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Mesmeric. One man on a stage managed to generate a phenomenal reaction from tens of thousands of sweaty audience members.
Plastikman’s colossal set ranking as easily one of the most eye-popping performances in the Detroit Movement fest’s history.
The strength of Plastikman’s playbook, even with some cuts rivalling the age of some members of the audience, proved a timeless draw that kept bodies moving well into the night. Hawtin administered a clinic in the classics.
Plastikman and his SYNK app allows fans an unprecedented degree of interaction at a live show.
AUG 05: I Want My MTV Ibiza at Amnesia, Ibiza, Spain
SEP 02: Electric Zoo festival, New York, USA
OCT 15: Telekom Bonusz Festival at HUNGEXPO, Budapest, Hungary
OCT 21: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
OCT 22: Dekadance at Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
OCT 28: LX Factory, Lisbon, Portugal
OCT 29: Fabrik, Madrid, Spain
NOV 05: BerMuDa at Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany
DEC 01: Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
DEC 02: O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
DEC 03: Glasgow Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
DEC 07: Pala Isozaki, Turin, Italy