Along with frequent new and exciting revolutions in the world of modern technology, we tend to get lots of people being kind of annoying with said technology. In recent years, camera phones have become an ever-present staple of the concert experience, a trend that has been met with a general shrug by some and with great displeasure by others. Apparently, techno legend Richie Hawtin falls into the latter camp: during a DJ set in NYC over the weekend, Hawtin took a rather extreme stand by pushing a monitor straight into an iPhone-wielding fan. She wasn’t hurt, but the entire event was ironically captured by another fan recording the show on his phone, and you can watch the footage below; the incident in question can be seen about 45 seconds in.
Since then, Hawtin has posted a lengthy apology to 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.