It’s no secret that some artist don’t like being recorded at their concerts. Some musicians have even banned cellphones from their shows; some will pour water on you if you attempt to film them. Techno veteran Richie Hawtin is the latest musician to joint the fight against being recorded in a concert setting.
In the video below (around the 45-second mark) Hawtin pushes one of his large monitors onto a girl attempting to record him from close range. You can immediately hear screaming after the speaker’s pushed. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
It’s understandable that musicians get frustrated sometimes, but this is clearly a bizarre and uncalled-for reaction. Watch fan-shot footage of the incident below, and let us know your thoughts.
Hawtin issued an apology on his Facebook page, which sounds kind of sorry not sorry:
“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.”