• Dual citizen

    Great interview. He is obviously someone who thinks a lot about how technology is changing the nature of musical performance. Seems like a nice guy too.

  • http://www.d-jam.com D-Jam

    I like how Hawtin speaks of ending the idea of “industry standards”.

    I’m in total agreement…since I pretty much went my own way when we ended up with loads of choices in software and such.

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/member.php?u=14815 Chris

    Very nice. I want more!!

  • http://soundcloud.com/mixtick Mixtick

    yeah, these little button devices will soon rule the world (if they don’t already do)! arcade buttons (and joysticks as i can say) are made to last forever i think. i did build my Playstation-MIDI-Controller around 5 or 6 years ago, and it still works perfect, though the device in its “original form” is about ~15 years old…

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=846213&l=44dc6a2c48&id=100000124731615

  • http://www.deadmanzkassette.com jasonmd2020

    Heh. I bought a “little button device” before Hawtin. That makes my day.

    And the guitar pedal comparison ins funny to me, because I always tried to convince the guitar guys that all their analog pedals were really a modular synth!

  • http://beatsbybytes.com Ale Peinador

    Excellent interview, kudos guys. This is a very exciting time for the DJ because he can break free of the “industry standard” while at the same time achieving more and spending less.
    Love the guitar pedal comparison!

  • bazur

    did I dream or was there a post with video reviews and interviews from NAMM yesterday?

  • Sebastian NZ

    what a great interview – cheers ean. I’ve only been fully digital for about 1 year now. I’ve gotta admit I felt a bit uneasy buying the S4 because I wasn’t sure if it would be the standard or not. After hearing the wise words of richie…I feel a bit better. It doesn’t really matter what controller because it doesn’t seem likely that anyone is going to be able to create the next “1210s” for the digital domain.

    The analogy of the controller being the DJ’s customised instrument like a musician’s guitar is awesome too…love that idea. It adds another layer to DJing. Yes it’s always going to be about the music #1. But now we can look forward to what special equipment a DJ might bring along and what special skills they have with it. In a way bringing the attraction of turntablism to normal djing.

  • Anonymous

    Love this guy! short interview, says long about the future. 100% agree with him, let’s see what will happen in the next 10 years ;)

  • http://www.jarrellentertainment.com Ray Jarrell

    Thanks Ean for the interview. I really appreciate seeing/hearing what a name dj is thinking about in regards to what is going with technology.

  • piopro

    [quote comment="43403"]Heh…he called a midi fighter a “little button device.” Cute.
    [/quote]

    sound like another midi-fighter t-shirt to haha ;)

  • mi3s

    excuse me but why he should like the midifighter when he can play with mixers like xone db4 or xone 92 and 2 xone 1Ds?

    • Chris

      Because none of those have arcade buttons.

  • wikkid1

    i dont understand what all the noise about “Little button device” is. theres no argument that its a device, at least i hope not. its main feature is the BUTTON grid. and when compared to most controllers out there its little. Richie may just have come up with the most accurate definition of a midi fighter that you can fit into 3 words.

  • D-Kem

    Soul and digital DJing…there’s a can of worms.

  • Ian M. Summers

    I really find Mr. Hawtin’s music to be a a bit monotonous and mundane, but I am still a fan of his. In all his interviews he seems very engaging and to be a genuinely nice man, this was no exception.

    Great interview.

  • DJ Master P

    This interview states EVERYTHING…..

  • bas

    Now why would richie never use a midi-fighter as a serious performance tool? I think he is the guy that WOULD use a little button device like that as a serious performance tool!

  • http://www.ome-les.com tekki

    Wow, Richie exited about a MIDIfighter! Cool guys! Can’t wiat what this will lead too! :D

  • http://djsweekuh.official.fm sweekuh

    I really love this because I actually mmake my own custom guitar pedals and I would really love to be able to do something like that with djing

    • deeco

      Hey I know someone who built a nice 8 pedal midi interface and it works well…So go for it, use it for dj’ing!

  • Ando

    are you going to make a mf for the plastikman that looks liek a 92 guarded by by two 1d?^^

  • Josh Ribing

    He looks old!

  • Albatross

    a bit off topic but this Ean guy really have the thing to speak on camera, explain things and interview people. Maybe the calm pace or projected security that he knows what hes talking about but really congratulations and keep up the good work.

  • djjackmeoff

    Finally someone mentions Standards. All these fucking midi controllers and proprietary hardward is getting out of hand.

  • Cabdoctor

    [quote comment="43443"]A smart Ean would have GIVEN Hawtin a free “little button device” (MIDI-Fighter) right there on the spot! ;o) If Hawtin ends up liking and using it,,, inexpensive advertising and publicity for MIDI-Fighter and DJTT![/quote]

    Maybe Hawtin asked for a custom MF

  • Anthony Jacobs

    A smart Ean would have GIVEN Hawtin a free “little button device” (MIDI-Fighter) right there on the spot! ;o) If Hawtin ends up liking and using it,,, inexpensive advertising and publicity for MIDI-Fighter and DJTT!

  • piopro

    A-men, Ritchie…

    [quote comment="43440"]Great !!!
    I love this kind of artist interview (too short but nice)and hope there will be more of them in the futur :)

    I really think there will be NO controller standard cuz controllers need to be customized to fill the needs of each dj….only one controller can’t be good for all type of Djing…so find the one who fit with your kind of djing and don’t chose one because of a well-known dj is using it[/quote]

    yes listen up CLUBS ne don’t need no mixers no cdj’s or turntables just some where for our master out… ;)

  • Chris

    Great !!!
    I love this kind of artist interview (too short but nice)and hope there will be more of them in the futur :)

    I really think there will be NO controller standard cuz controllers need to be customized to fill the needs of each dj….only one controller can’t be good for all type of Djing…so find the one who fit with your kind of djing and don’t chose one because of a well-known dj is using it

  • http://www.islavistaink.com Luis Pena

    “…and I can’t wait for your little button device.”

  • Cabdoctor

    [quote comment="43429"]Richie came off a little bit as a douche.

    “Little button device”? How condescending is that?
    But then again, a Midi Fighter is small peanuts to him, considering what he usually does. And it’s doubtful that he has any need for a device like that, especially with the genre that he specializes in.[/quote]

    I used to think Richie was a douche as well. But if you read the interviews, and watch the youtube videos, you get the impression that this is a guy that still loves music and the tech side of music. It’s not just a job for him. Even though Richie didn’t know the name of the midi-fighter, I have no doubt that he’s going to explore it to it’s fullest potential. It’s how his mind works. I wonder if they’ll do a custom TSI for him? And you know he’s getting a custom midi-fighter, I hope they do an article on it.

    • teaches of peaches

      That guy goes through equipment faster than than I go through my underwear.
      I’m sure that even if he does play around with the Midi Fighter, it will never EVER be a serious performance tool in his collection.

  • http://www.DreamPrashant.com Prashant

    Nice video. Thanks for posting. Its what a human does with the equipment, well said!

  • Midifidler

    I don’t really find that condescending, it is little, and is a button device, and he now owns one….

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed that. I hope to see a day when DJ’s are expected to bring their personalized rigs to play gigs, and not frowned upon. It has always amazed me how collectively, DJ’s try putting the whole community in one box. For years bands have hauled mass amounts of various equipment to clubs to personalize their gigs. Only in RARE cases would a band of any genera show up at a club with some “in house” gear provided for them to use. Band members just dont stand for such standardization of their creativity. Why have most of the DJ community and club owners settled for such behavior? I hope that changes and DJ’s quit being a lazy lot and more dedicated to their art and equipment used to showcase it.

  • teaches of peaches

    Richie came off a little bit as a douche.

    “Little button device”? How condescending is that?
    But then again, a Midi Fighter is small peanuts to him, considering what he usually does. And it’s doubtful that he has any need for a device like that, especially with the genre that he specializes in.

    • http://soundcloud.com/nickyh Nicky H

      Its probably the first time he’s seen one and he bought it – so that says he probably does want to use it, no?

      • http://soundcloud.com/double-dutchdj/technical-party-mix-70bpm-to-130bpm-using-50-records-in-61mins DoubleDutchdj

        Erm, douche, really?! I think your being a little to protective and maybe suffering from DjTechTools tunnel vision, “little button device” is hardly rude and actually a pretty good summary. Despite the fact how much us Techtools readers all love the midi fighter you gotta remember there’s millions of dj’s outside the Techtools boundaries that wouldn’t be seen dead with something that to them resembles a button bashing plastic toy.

        • teaches of peaches

          On the contrary, I think the Midi Fighter is nothing more than a novelty controller. Maybe a lot better than that gimmicky cheap mouse for DJs, but still a novelty.
          And the point of it? Maybe there’s some secret ultra awesome feature built into it that I’m not aware of, but I might as well be using one of those pressure sensitive pad controllers like the ones that M-Audio or Akai or Korg have.

      • teaches of peaches

        I’m pretty sure that guy can afford to buy and try out every new gadget out there, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be using it.

    • Albatross

      Maybe he saw a video of Ean playing with those? Still Richie is the kind of DJ that play with a big 12 people dining table worth of equipment and a midifighter would easily get lost in all that equipment making if barely noticeable. If I find a use for the device I would get one in black or some other non screaming color. Yes it is a novelty but kinda useful definetly. If stores like Spencers and Hot Topic live out of novelty anyone can get a bit of business doing that.

      • http://soundcloud.com/double-dutchdj/technical-party-mix-70bpm-to-130bpm-using-50-records-in-61mins DoubleDutchdj

        Hmm now whos being condescending about midi fighters, sure it does have some novelty about it, but it also has its place as a unique little dj friendly instrument for many reasons, but mainly its the only 4 by 4 grid controller where neat 3 or 4 finger crab combos and rolls are piss easy to perform on thanks to arcades buttons that are likely to last longer than your fingers. It’s difficult to compare midi fighters to MPC esq pad based controllers. Yeah they have the same layout, but they offer a completely different feel/options when drumming or cue point juggling. Sure in certain hands more can be done on touch sensitive pads (not that the average dj would push that far), but there’s also a handful of tricks that are unique to arcade buttons.

  • http://www.firestormfilms.com.au josh@firestorm

    [quote comment="43405"]I personally believe that the future of djing will see a convergence of performance instruments with studio gear. More and more will see ability for Djs to mashup, remix, and create on the fly with the same tools use in the studio. Studio and performance lines will blur more and more.
    [/quote]

    hasnt this already been happening over the last 2-3 years?

    • http://soundcloud.com/double-dutchdj/technical-party-mix-70bpm-to-130bpm-using-50-records-in-61mins DoubleDutchdj

      Yes, but the point the mans trying to make is that type of dj’n will eventually become mainstream.

  • http://www.letsmix.com/m1sT3rL Tim L

    Great interview! That was well done. I wonder what Richie will think about the MIDI Fighter.

  • http://corporation.tumblr.com/ corporation

    great interview!

  • http://soundcloud.com/nickyh Nicky H

    What a cool fucking guy :)

  • Mr.Nicklebe

    Richie was really on the money with what he was saying there. Everyone needs to find their digital soul now! I don’t think I’ve quite found mine yet.

  • http://soundcloud.com/herbstrike Herbstrilke

    Hey ean did you sell richie a midi fighter? can’t wait to see what he does with it:D

  • http://www.60works.com Dave Cross

    Great interview Ean!

  • Coats

    Richie’s looking old

    • http://na MisterMoleyMole

      Init! All them late nights :o)

  • http://www.hispasonic.com Mudo

    Tooltablism.

    The Future is the past:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN5ltss0NMA

    Now we are re-writting the forked history, turntablism bizarre was great but we must re-find the crowd and the show.

    jm2c

    • piopro

      pure gold!!!

  • Carmai

    I personally believe that the future of djing will see a convergence of performance instruments with studio gear. More and more will see ability for Djs to mashup, remix, and create on the fly with the same tools use in the studio. Studio and performance lines will blur more and more.
    @DoubleDutchDJ: I will most definitely agree, that modern dj standard is the laptop computer. Will we move away from this digital workhorse one day, who knows? But right now the laptop is the hub of the modern dj.
    At the end of the day it is not about what the gear can do, but what YOU can do with the gear. The trick if finding the technology that allows you to express yourself in the best possible way, and letting your creativity drive the technology, instead of the other way around.

  • mostapha

    Heh…he called a midi fighter a “little button device.” Cute.

    If I ever wind up with one, I’m having a sticker made.

    Also, I very much enjoyed the interview. I don’t always listen to Hawtin’s music, but it’s always fun to listen to him talk.

  • http://www.skratchworx.com Gizmo

    Really interesting interview. I’ve been hammering on for ages (against mentality of the masses) that industry standards in this era is a think of the past. The demise of Technics, and now with Pioneer moving into controllers will soon see the booth being a fluid melting pot of all sorts of technologies where each DJ makes a name for themselves in not just what they play, but how they play it too.

    @DoubleDutchDJ – interesting parallel with old school Hip Hop DJs. They were the guys who took the established formulas and messed around with them, rather than accepting that DJs simply played records from A to B and back again. And now we’re in an age where music and technology are being mashed together (often against their will) to create something else. It doesn’t always work, but who’d have though that pushing a record back and forth would have such a profound effect?

    So death to industry standards. Instead of this vs that, think this AND that.

  • Brewer Witcher

    F**king beautifull

    Hello tomorrow

  • http://soundcloud.com/double-dutchdj/technical-party-mix-70bpm-to-130bpm-using-50-records-in-61mins DoubleDutchdj

    Awesome interview with what has to be the digital equivalent of Kool Herc and Grand Master Flash, where would we/industry be now without these two?
    +++
    I totally agree with the hope that “industry standard” is a thing of the past. Considering how fast the new tech is developing how could there be any time for one product to settle. (That said the Apple logo is certainly an industry standard of virtually every dj booth.)
    +++
    I like the comparison to guitar pedals, instruments ect, for a long time now turntablist djs are rightly recognized as musicians who use the battle setups like instruments. Which is really one of the best things about this current digital era, obviously it’s hard to compare to Turntablism, but with new tech the mass’s have access to production tools made dj friendly. Gone are the days where all you could buy is a playback device with a few extra controls from there domestic counterparts.
    +++
    Despite all the haters and so called purists, I love this transitional crossed road we’re currently in. How often did we encounter innovation before everything went digital? Its a very exciting time to be a dj!

    • http://www.mixcloud.com/JohnDaTech/ DaTechDaHaus

      Amen my brother!

  • http://listn.to/lafindumonde Str8upDrew

    Great interview. I’m always interested in what Richie is doing, glad to hear he’s getting a Midi Fighter.

    BTW, I just noticed the categories feature on the sidebar. Nice stuff, this will make finding articles much easier.

    • http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/member.php?u=14815 Chris

      The categories drop down has ben there since at least April when I first visited the site.

  • http://www.ArthurNava.com FTW

    Wow, I remember I bought the Final Scratch 1, I loved it and hated it all at the same time. Had a bunch of problems and I switched over to Serato after it came out. Now I do Traktor Scratch, crazy.

    First=Success.

    • http://www.ArthurNava.com FTW

      BTW, If Hawtin has a MidiFighter, then I must certainly order one too. I know It’ll make me as good a dj, and not to mention as cool a dj as he is. haha. But on a serious note, it’s awesome he knows what’s up with DJTT. I know it’s cliché but, Great interview Ean, you guys here at DJTT really do provide a great service to the DJ community, both to new comers, and as we can see by this video, the seasoned professionals as well.

      • itskindahot

        It’s a cliche, yes, but I nevertheless second what you said: wonderful interview, Ean, you’re really doing something for the community here!