Go under the hood with Richie Hawtin and learn what makes his CLOSE performances click.

You may remember when techno heavyweight Richie Hawtin stole the show at Coachella with the debut of his audio-visual hybrid DJ set, CLOSE. The rig utilizes modular synthesis, digital Djing, live performance and Hawtin’s self-designed Model 1 mixer to powerful effect, creating infectious grooves much greater than the sum of their parts.

Thanks to a rig of cameras capturing the whole performance and mangling Hawtin’s movements into dense, psychedelic webs of color, CLOSE isn’t just easy on the ears, it’s an immersive, multi-sensory spectacle.

Hawtin is taking  CLOSE on the road for a string of dates starting in mid-July and running until October. In the lead up to these shows, he’s created a fascinating video detailing exactly what goes on under the hood when he performs. Running through the various instruments and complex interactions between each element, his analysis  will give you new-found appreciation for the details that go into a Hawtin show.

Check the video in full above, then scroll down for’s interview with Hawtin and the upcoming dates of his CLOSE tour.

Upcoming dates

July 27 at Audioriver Festival
August 18 at Lowlands Festival
October 10 at L’Olympia
October 11 at O2 Academy, Glasgow
October 12  at Roundhouse, London


Random sensory quotes

One of the first things I created was music for the Paris opera’s ballet troupe. That was the first time that electronic music was played at the opera. I really like the relationship between the music and the choreography.

— Jean-Michel Jarre