AIM Independent Music Awards 2014
Richie Hawtin Acknowledged for Outstanding Contribution to Music
Banbury-born Richie Hawtin's creative endeavours are far-reaching, from musician to artist to teacher and label owner, he has played a significant role in the electronic music genre. His 25-year career has seen him move from playing house music in Detroit clubs at the age of 17 to creating minimal techno.
Founder of influential labels Minus and Plus 8, in addition to releasing records under his own name he has recorded under aliases including Plastikman, F.U.S.E., Concept 1, Robotman, Chrome, Spark, Xenon, R.H.X., Jack Master, Richard Michaels and UP!
Having originally studied film at the University of Windsor, Canada, in 2011 Hawtin collaborated with Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais in Paris with the sculptor's inflatable creation while in 2012 he presented ENTER. at Space in Ibiza consisting of five specially designed rooms and a wide array of electronic music. In the same year he worked on the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour with Loco Dice and Ean Golden across North America, playing shows and giving lectures on college campuses in a order to educate a new generation of dance fans.
Martin Mills Wins Pioneer Award
Having founded Beggars Banquet in 1974 as a number of record shops in London, Martin Mills guided its expansion into a record label in 1977 launching the careers of The Charlatans, The Cult and Gary Numan among many more.
Since then the company has expanded: Martin now chairs The Beggars Group, comprising successful labels 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks. These labels foster some of the most talented and successful artists currently including Adele, Alabama Shakes, Queens of the Stone Age as well as Radiohead, Yo La Tengo and Cat Power.
Awarded an MBE in 2008, Martin has been actively involved in promoting the collective interests of the independent music sector and has been hailed by the likes of Music Week, Billboard and the Music Producers Guild with outstanding contribution awards.