Richie Hawtin flattens annoying fan with monitor speaker

Minimal-techno pioneer Richie Hawtin “accidentally” pushed a monitor speaker on a poor girl filming him through an iPhone at Time Warp in NYC, it emerged this weekend.

When I first read about this, I pictured in my head Hawtin picking the speaker up high above his head with his little noodle arms and unleashing a world of shit on some annoying lass wearing odd converse hi-tops and a crap vest saying “hugs not drugs”. I then imagined the speaker crushing her head and leaving fragments of skull and brains all over the club. So, I was a bit gutted when I saw what actually happened:

I say its a fair shout though. To be honest I’m surprised that Hawtin’s child’s body had the muscle capacity to shake the speaker, let alone topple it over. Hercules! Maybe risking breaking her toes was a bit much though. This is his apology/excuse that he posted on Facey today:-

“Regarding the incident at Time Warp in New York this weekend which is being posted and talked about on the web, I would like to apologise here to the girl involved. It was not my intention that the speaker fell. Only to nudge the monitors in her direction and for her to understand that perhaps she had filmed enough.”

Hawtin added: “I was as surprised as I’m sure she was when it moved the way it did and the top speaker fell off of the stack. For that, I’m extremely sorry and embarrassed about what happened. This was never my intention. Sometimes being in the middle of the spotlight, continual cameras and glaring iPhone lights, things can get stressful and frustrating.

“I’m sorry that this frustration took an unexpected turn and took away from anyone’s experience of Time Warp. I have tried to reach the girl to apologise personally but have not yet been able to track her down and will continue to try to contact her.”

I’ll give it to him – it is annoying as fuck when the front row of the club is just a line of bellends wafting phones about with their fog lights on full belt. But it’s not his first time that he’s lost it with fans before. Remember back in 2011 when he launched that lasses shoes from behind the decks ‘cos she was pestering him?

I’ve got the answer for Richie that will avoid his a lot of bad press (in some peoples opinion) and probably a lawsuit or two…


And bin the vest as well cha 😉

Photo// ADE