“I hope that people walk away from the CNTRL tour with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the individual creativity that each artist & performer puts into their own shows.

We hope that some of the participants and fans will be inspired to take their next steps at trying their hands at their own creativity.”

–Richie Hawtin

RICHIE HAWTIN proudly presents for 2015 CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, a college campus tour. On April 17, this innovative, inventive, and immersive experience will touch down in New York City at New York University and Webster Hall.

In 2012, CNTRL established a groundbreaking model of daytime lectures on music, technology, and their intersection and night time performances that proved to be a first for the genre. Now, that template expands and evolves for 2015, hitting more markets across the country along the way. Once again, the brand allows attendees a new kind of insight into the music in addition to a powerful and potent concert that literally places the day’s words in motion.

This time around, the enlightening musical happening confidently lives up to its title of “Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music.Featuring Ean Golden of DJ TechTools as seminar moderator, the day basically functions as a college for future electronic music stars. Guitar Center in the U.S. and Moog Audio in Canada will run a five hour technology marketplace, offering students exclusive discounts on participating brands while lectures are happening. Each sponsor will be unveiling and flaunting new products. Technology companies participating are:

AIAIAI / Beatport / DJ Techtools / Funktion One / Little Bits / Livid

Pioneer / Roland / Splice / Subpac / Traktor (Native Instruments)

At the centrepiece of CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music, there is an hour-long masterclass produced and hosted by one of the world’s premier electronic music schools Point Blank Music School. The day culminates on a discussion with RICHIE HAWTIN, Ean Golden, and DJs at each respective date as well as special guest speakers. For example, Francois K will join the tour for a discussion at NYC. At night, attendees get to witness everything come to life during a fiery gig by CNTRL’s namesake and Francois K, Ean Golden and Dantiez Saunderson.

About the tour, Ean Golden says, “CNTRL is a collection of inspiring artists who have taken control of their career and forged original paths through the music industry. By going out on the road and directly speaking to fans, this tour will move aspiring artists to find their own voice, and believe in the possibility of success, even if it doesn’t fit the typical music molds of today.”

The complete dates for CNTRL: Individuality & Creativity In Technology-Based Music are:

DATE CITY COLLEGE / VENUE Weds April 15 Boston Berklee College of Music / Middle East Downstairs Thurs April 16 Penn State Penn State University / Levels Fri April 17 New York NYU / Webster Hall Sat April 18 Montreal Concordia University / New City Gas Sun April 19 Toronto University Of Toronto / Coda Wed April 22 Seattle University Of Washington / Neptune Theatre Fri April 24 San Francisco San Francisco State University / DNA Sat April 25 Los Angeles UCLA / Hollywood Palladium

Confirmed Tour Dates & Lineups:

Wednesday, April 15 BOSTON Berklee College of Music / Middle East Downstairs
Richie Hawtin

Matthew Dear Matador Ean Golden

Guest Speaker: Michael Bierylo, Chair, Electronic Production and Design – Berklee College of Music

Thursday, April 16 PENN STATE Penn State University / Levels
Richie Hawtin

Matthew Dear Matador Ean Golden
Friday, April 17 NEW YORK NYU / Webster Hall
Richie Hawtin

Francois Kevorkian Ean Golden

Dantiez Saunderson

Saturday, April 18 MONTREAL Concordia / New City Gas
Richie Hawtin

Marc Houle (Live)

Ean Golden

Mateo Murphy

Guest Speaker: Blue Hawaii
Sunday, April 19 TORONTO University of Toronto / Coda
Richie Hawtin Marc Houle (Live) Justin James

Ean Golden
Wednesday, April 22 SEATTLE University of Washington / Neptune Theatre
Richie Hawtin

Dubfire Chris Liebing Ean Golden
Friday, April 24 SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco State University – Music/Recording Industry Program / DNA
Richie Hawtin

Chris Liebing Matrixxman Ean Golden
Saturday, April 25 LOS ANGELES UCLA / Hollywood Palladium
Richie Hawtin Chris Liebing Victor Calderone Ean Golden Lee K

Guest speaker: Grimes

CNTRL is all about engaging new and old, past and present North American fans of “EDM” (electronic dance music) and showing them the roots of the music, the history of a global movement and demonstrating what the future of music technology and performance has the power to become.

Since launching in 2012 as the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour, the outing has embarked on a cultural engagement, bringing together fans of electronic dance music and those interested in it into deeper forms of the genre by educational daytime lectures on music technology. Lectures focus on the techno and technology aspects of modern-day electronic music, presenting the more futuristic and underground side of the genre, as championed by Richie Hawtin and his peers for the last two decades.

Central to the CNTRL concept are daytime seminars in the colleges to inform and inspire people about technology, music production, live performance, and the business of electronic music. CNTRL will be a future thinking session, but will also ensure the students leave with a deeper understanding of how the genre developed to where it is today. The event then ends with a club gig in the evening, giving the students a chance to experience the artists in action.

Originally written for ENL by euphoria

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