Pioneering electronic dance star Plastikman is set to be feted with a top prize at Britain's AIM Independent Music Awards. The Canadian musician, real name Richie Hawtin, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at a ceremony in London on Tuesday (02Sep14) in recognition of his 25-year career, which has been "characterised by a restless urge to push electronic music forward", according to organisers at the Association of Independent Music (AIM).
The news comes two months after Plastikman released EX, his first album in 11 years.
He follows in the footsteps of previous honourees Bjork, Scottish rocker Edwyn Collins and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, who took home the accolade last year (13).
London Grammar and the Arctic Monkeys lead the list of nominees at the prizegiving, which celebrates the best of the independent music industry.
Electronic dance star Plastikman has unveiled plans to release his first album in 11 years. The Canadian musician, real name Richie Hawtin, recorded EX in November (13) at New York's Guggenheim Museum during its annual fundraising event and he is now set to release the new material online next week (10Jun14).
He says, "I locked myself away in a series of intense studio sessions and quickly recorded enough new material for the performance and realised I might also have enough for a complete new album.
"The music came out of me effortlessly as I was very inspired by the opportunity to play in this beautiful architectural space renowned more for art than music."
Hawtin released his last work as Plastikman in 2003 with the album Closer.