Richie Hawtin, the Canadian-born techno master whose trippy alter-ego Plastikman has melted minds for more than 20 years, is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards.
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The pioneering DJ, producer, record label owner will be feted at the independent music awards gala on Sept. 2 in London.
Hawtin's quarter-century long career has "been characterized by a restless urge to push electronic music forward," according to the AIM trade association, and he's furthered his art through his techno imprints Plus 8 and Minus.
Hawtin's gift for minimal techno made him a hero with the early '90s underground dance music scene. As a 20-something, Hawtin forged a lasting association with Daniel Miller's Mute Records. In 1993, Miller's Novamute released the "Sheet One" EP. The following year came the mini-album "Recycled Plastik" with its iconic "Spastik," which to this day is considered a genre-defining piece of work. "As an artist, DJ, curator and label owner," notes Miller, "Richie has never failed to be an innovator with the clearest vision and a remarkable ability to realise his ideas with spectacular results."
Hawtin recently dropped his first new Plastikman album in a decade, EX, which he recorded last November at New York's Guggenheim.
The AIM Awards, now in its fourth year, are voted on by a panel of judges from across the media and music industry landscape, including individuals from Radio 1, NME, The Independent and VICE. Other categories include best live act, best "difficult" second album and hardest working band or artist. As previously reported, Steve Goodman, the founder of dubstep label Hyperdub, will receive the new Innovator Award while electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations.
AIM was founded in 1999 to represent the independent music industry across the U.K. and boasts more than 800 members.