Techno titan Richie Hawtin has recently announced his latest project ‘From Our Minds’ its next expansion destination, New York. The concept will take over the premiere dance space Knockdown Center in Queens. Earlier this year, the unique imprint made its North American debut in the origin of techno. Detroit. The series made its way to a sold-out warehouse event in Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. It holds a strict no-photo and video policy, making each event a one-of-a-kind experience for those in attendance. Richie Hawtin believes he is helping push the techno scene and sound forward in innovative new ways. Knockdown Center will see this dynamic group come together for the first time on the East Coast.
This evolved from Richie’s CNTRL tours back in 2012, when EDM was booming and mainstream across the US. He toured on a bus across American college cities performing and educating a new generation entering the dance music scene of the origin of techno music. The tour takes its slogan and ethos from Hawtin’s ‘90s label imprint Plus 8 and its ‘From Our Minds To Yours’ slogan, connecting back to the early days of techno. The New York showcase will feature a wave of new techno talent throughout the States, representing the scenes of a wide range of dark, heavy, and euphoric sounds while keeping the original traditional techno elements. Heavy-hitters and craft-makers the lineup consists of visual artists, producers, and DJs such as Korea-born and Tokyo-based, machìna and Detroit natives Tylr and Henry Brooks. Brooks will be joined by another rising Detroit artist, producer, DJ, and visual artist Huey Mnemonic, who aims to both preserve and add to the rich lineage of his region’s homegrown sonic culture by channeling the Black American experience into his work. Canadian artist Barbosa, owner of the Toronto label Heist Mode. Representing Texas is the pair of Declan James and Decoder, who often perform back-to-back as their side project Frame. Out of New York is DJ and producer Jay York who runs the vinyl label TOCA Records alongside Decoder. Completing the ballot is Cali-born, Phoenix-based, Lindsey Herbert first encountered techno on Richie’s CNTRL tour and has been a champion of the sound in the South West ever since. She’s joined by Octopus Recordings artist Michelle Sparks, an artist who has been an inspirational gem in the growth of the underground rave scene.
‘From Our Minds’ is committed to working with independent local promoters who are aware and respectful of the history of techno music. Making the future for techno and its programming, planning, and execution in events. Knockdown Center is home to the club BASEMENT, which has been hailed by locals and touring DJs as one of the country’s top techno sites, drawing comparisons to Berlin’s famed Tresor. The New York edition of ‘From Our Minds’ will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023, come suited in your blackest attire and immerse in one of the greatest techno vacant in modern dance music.