The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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Richie Hawtin
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11. Richie Hawtin

Based In: Berlin
Age: 42

Whether DJ'ing impeccably alien, minimal techno under his own name or melting faces with his extremely psychedelic Plastikman live show, Hawtin – whose roots go back to throwing famously unhinged raves in techno's birthplace of Detroit – has become an ambassador of underground sounds for fans of the poppier side of EDM. "I don't believe electronic music is for everybody, especially what I do," he says, "but I definitely feel a greater number of people in the population should hear and have a chance to identify with it."

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