Over the last year or so, everyone from Jack White to Yeah Yeah Yeahs to She & Him has banned cell phone cameras from concerts in an effort to recapture the intimacy of live performance. EDM pioneer Richie Hawtin is the latest artist to join the no-cell phone club, though his methods of enforcement could be construed as somewhat extreme.
As FACT points out, Hawtin was performing a DJ set in New York City over the weekend. At one point, a woman standing relatively close to him began using her cell phone, leading Hawtin to thrust a monitor on top of her. Watch fan-shot footage of the incident below.
The woman reportedly walked away unharmed. Even still, perhaps she’ll consider downloading this app before hitting another venue.
Update: Hawtin has posted an apology on his Facebook page.
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.