As the CNTRL Tour comes to a close, it’s time we take a look back at one of the most forward-thinking movements in dance music this year. Richie Hawtin‘s latest brainchild aimed to pull the casual EDM fan into the deeper realms of underground dance music. With a cast and crew of savvy, technical experts, including Loco Dice, Carl Craig, and Ean Golden and a college-focused tour including seminars on equipment, technology and the current state of music, this was so much more than just another DJ set in town – as Richie remarked to the novice fan, “just give us one night and I swear we’ll make your head spin”.
And spin heads they did. The nightly roster kicked off with controller master and DJTechTools.com boss Ean Golden both moderating the seminars and opening the music for the evenings. Detroit techno legend Carl Craig added perspective from the old-school days of vinyl evolving into today’s abilities to manipulate technology, while EO favorite Loco Dice opened up about his hip-hop background and how it influenced his groovy sound today. Finally, you can’t help but love Richie Hawtin’s approach to electronic music – every sound, no matter how minor – is in its place for a reason.