Video footage of Richie Hawtin pushing a monitor speaker off a speaker-stack – which then hit a fan videoing the DJ at Time Warp NYC – has emerged online.
The video clearly shows a normal unflustered Hawtin shoving the speaker towards a fan, who was harmlessly videoing the DJ, which then fell off the stack and seemingly hit the girl.
There’s no suggestion the girl in the video was hurt but it’s not exactly a nice thing to do. The DJ has taken to his Facebook to apologise for the incident blaming the indiscretion on the frustration of being filmed and photographed all the time.
“Regarding the incident at Time Warp in New York this weekend which is being posted and talked about on the web, I would like to apologise here to the girl involved. It was not my intention that the speaker fell. Only to nudge the monitors in her direction and for her to understand that perhaps she had filmed enough. I was as surprised as I’m sure she was when it moved the way it did and the top speaker fell off of the stack. For that, I’m extremely sorry and embarrassed about what happened. This was never my intention. Sometimes being in the middle of the spotlight, continual cameras and glaring iPhone lights, things can get stressful and frustrating. I’m sorry that this frustration took an unexpected turn and took away from anyone’s experience of Time Warp. I have tried to reach the girl to apologise personally but have not yet been able to track her down and will continue to try to contact her.”
Clearly Hawtin’s concept of “nudge” is a little different to ours as it sure looks like he shoved the speaker to us.