[NEWS] Richie Hawtin + Loco Dice Launch CNTRL: BEYOND EDM College Tour

As North America (the United States in particular) throws more and more money into the burgeoning industry that is dance music, the music itself has seemed to take the backseat in certain instances — notably high priced nightclubs playing the same 40 Progressive House tracks over and over again to a somewhat musically unsophisticated crowd. It’s a natural thing to have happen, however, as the people fueling the dance music economy by spending the most money aren’t the ones drinking PBR in sweaty basements listening to Minimal Techno. But with the increasingly monotonous nightclub DJ set comes a need for the dive back underground. A need for innovation and a fresh wave of creativity. And legendary innovators Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice had this in mind exactly when they decided to launch CNTRL: BEYOND EDM, a unique North American college tour.

Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice plan to bring not only music but education on the CNTRL tour this fall. Starting October 29th, Richie and Dice will hit 17 college campuses in the United States and Canada — orchestrating daytime lectures and seminars on campus before an evening of tunes brought to students by some of the world’s best talent. The daytime educational sessions will emphasize the futuristic and underground characteristics of electronic music — an area of expertise that Hawtin and Dice have known very well for over 20 years.

Topics for the CNTRL college campus curriculum moderated by Dubspot are as follows:
• Richie Hawtin on using technology to control creativity
• Loco Dice on old-school DJ-ing with modern technology
• Hawtin’s sound technician Johannes Krämer on the importance of sound quality
• Ean Golden on digital DJ-ing and controllerism
• Q&A with CNTRL artists and special guest speakers

CNTRL will be hitting the following campuses in 2012, with a West Coast leg planned for 2013:
Mon 10/29 Buffalo, NY // TBA // Town Ballroom*
Tue 10/30 Syracuse, NY // Syracuse University // Westcott Theatre*
Wed 10/31 Boston, MA // Berklee College of Music // RISE*
Thu 11/1 Washington, DC // American University // EchoStage*
Fri 11/2 Philadelphia, PA // Drexel University // Electric Factory**
Sat 11/3 New York, NY // New York University // Webster Hall***
Mon 11/5 Montreal, QC // McGill // SAT****
Tue 11/6 London, ON // UW Ontario // London Music Hall****
Wed 11/7 Windsor, ON // University of Windsor // Boom Boom Room*****
Thu 11/8 Toronto, ON // TBA // The Hoxton*****
Mon 11/12 Detroit, MI // Wayne State University // TV Bar******
Tue 11/13 Urbana, IL // TBA // Canopy Club******
Wed 11/14 Ann Arbor, MI // University of Michigan // Necto ******
Thu 11/15 Dayton, OH // University of Dayton // Masque
Fri 11/16 Chicago, IL // Columbia College // The Metro*******
Sat 11/17 Madison, WI // TBA // The Majestic Theater*******
Sun 11/18 Minneapolis, MN // Slam Academy (with UMN EDM Club // The Loft at Barfly*******

*Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Paco Osuna, Ean Golden
**Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Josh Wink, Ean Golden
*** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, tINI, Ean Golden
**** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Victor Calderone, Ean Golden
***** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Carl Craig, Ean Golden
****** Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Ean Golden
******* Indicates date with Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, Gaiser, Ean Golden

Our hats are off to Richie, Dice, and all involved on this groundbreaking educational tour. We wish CNTRL the best and look forward to the West Coast run!


♥ jonahberry