Richie Hawtin on New Album: "Deeper I Go Into Myself, the More Plastikman It Becomes"

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Photo by Ian Witlen

Basel 2013 saw Miami flooded with out-of-town artists, critics, collectors, celebrities, and all manner of high-brow, well-to-doers looking for the best culturally themed parties around. Thankfully for minimal house fans, Richie Hawtin is a big art freak.

Hawtin, AKA Plastikman and the head of Minus Records, made sure to take some time out of his schedule to catch the great galleries and see the sights, but he also made sure to give back to fans. He performed at Story on Friday night, but only after giving his most dedicated fanbase a secret pop-up show in the Mana Wynwood parking lot.

It's a new thing that he's been up to with Red Bull, and we here at Crossfade caught up with him just after the two-hour performance to discuss art, educating the masses, and a new Plastikman album.

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Eight Things Miami Hates About Art Basel

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Parties, colorful characters, and art everywhere: what's not to love about Basel? A lot of things, actually.

It was Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and Uncle Luke was set to host last week's edition of Peachfuzz at The Garret, one of many Basel-themed bashes that went down this weekend.

And even though it was the reason for bringing Luke to one of Miami's best hipster clubs (and many other world-class artists, celebrities, and parties to the 305 this past week), there are just some things about the art fest that drive us locals off the wall.

As the crowd drank up Stella Artois, puffed thick clouds of smoke into the air, and dropped their asses to the floor to DJ Fashen and DZA's mash-up of old-school hip-hop tunes, the party people at The Garret revealed what makes them cringe during ABMB.

Here are eight things the Magic City hates about Basel.

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Boy George's Basel 2013 Bash at Mansion Miami: A Photo Recap

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When Miami heard that the legend, the fashion (and karma) chameleon, and now comeback kid, Boy George, would be coming to play a DJ and an acoustic set during Art Basel Miami Beach week, every mouth was yapping about it from Hialeah to Wilton Manors.

There's no one quite like Boy George. In the '80s, he was one hot mama-looking lad. In the '90s, he knew all that there was to know about The Crying Game, and he transformed into performance guru Leigh Bowery for his musical Taboo. And yes, he ended up in the slammer for a bit in the aughts. But these days, he's touring again with manager and DJ Marc Vedo (they have a residency at Amnesia Ibiza) and he very recently released, This Is What I Do, because this is what George does, ladies and gents.

For Basel 2013, he and Vedo ruled the dance floor at South Beach's Mansion. It was a magnificent way to wrap up a week of insanity. Here's a photo recap of the night.

See also: DJ Marc Vedo on Boy George and Why Teenage EDM Fans "Think David Guetta Started House Music"

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Basel 2013: Fool's Gold Day Off With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, and Danny Brown

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Fool's Gold Day Off
With Trick Daddy, A-Trak, Danny Brown, and others
Mana Wynwood, Miami
Sunday, December 8, 2013

They called it a Day Off, but that shit was lasted from early in the afternoon till way after dark. The insta-midnight feel inside Mana Wynwood's warehouse setting helped dancers forget the sun was beating down on sad souls outside, and thus, we raged harder than any regular day party ever could.

As is the current trend, the dance floor fair made way for more hip-hop vibes than long-time Fool's Gold fans may have expected, but we were definitely pleased. A surprise guest appearance from Danny Brown made our night, and of course, Miami's own legendary Trick Daddy reminded us that "we do our own shit," and Miami still runs the scene.

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Basel Castle 2013: Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, and Travis Scott Killed It

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Gon' Basel Castle surfing with Travis Scott.

Basel Castle 2013
Grand Central Park, Miami
Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the past, the setting for The Overthrow's Basel Castle extravaganza had been a slightly cartoonish, sort of fragile-looking fortress in Wynwood. But that shit is dead, son.

Last year, the overcrowding got outta hand. So for 2013, the party moved to Grand Central Park, a grassy field across from Grand Central Miami.

There was one big main stage, some skate ramps, fashionable phone gear for sale, a Red Bull tent, and of course, a whole slew of street art.

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Basel 2013: NADA Art Fair's Fade to Mind Takeover at Sandbar on Miami Beach

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NADA Art Fair's Fade to Mind Takeover
With Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, and Total Freedom
Sandbar, Miami Beach
Saturday, December 7, 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach, when art walk goes to SoBe and takes steroids, is rife with the kind of surrealism that'd only make sense if Riff Raff narrated it.

Celeb sightings, secret shows, RSVPs -- art is sometimes as much part of the equation as the actual Basel, Switzerland.

Stlll, it was nice that the Fade to Mind label and the New Art Dealers Alliance decided to throw an afterparty, "no RSVPs, no lines," in the relatively stress-free confines of a bar on Collins Avenue across the street from the Deauville.

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Marc Vedo on Teenage EDM Fans: "They Think David Guetta Started House Music"

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Photo by George Martinez

Marc Vedo sweetly schooled those at Mansion in dance music this past Saturday night. And he handed them their sonic diplomas right before his tourmate Boy George took over the decks.

Vedo's been DJing since he was a teenager and seems to have played in every corner of the earth, from Kenya to Dubai. He's also been managing Boy George, one of his closest friends. Together, they're bringing the joys of house music to eager ears worldwide. And to close out this year's Art Basel Miami Beach week, these stalwarts of the genre pasted smiles across every face in the place.

We here at Crossfade sat down with Vedo before his set and spoke with him about working with people in funny hats, arguing with Boy George on tour, and making sure Americans know dance music isn't only 10 years old.

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Basel 2013: Tegan & Sara (and Big Fans Puking in the Sand) at VH1 and Scope Party

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Photo by Ian Witlen

Tegan & Sara
VH1 and Scope's Art + Music + Beach Party
SCOPE Pavilion, Miami Beach
Friday, December 6, 2013

At 8 p.m., the massive oceanfront tent that houses one of the largest auxiliary fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach week, Scope, closed its doors for the night. Nearby, a long line formed to enter a fenced-off bit of sand. The beautiful people and their benefactors jockeyed for position to get inside the invitation-only VH1- and Scope-hosted event.

Once inside, they were greeted with a candy apple station. There was one table where you could buy tacos, another with sushi, sweepstakes to win a Fiat -- that would also get you on the car company's mailing list -- and a cash bar. The only aspects of the party that did not involve commerce were the luxurious bathrooms set up in trailers and the main attraction, Tegan & Sara.

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Basel 2013: Saturday Party Guide

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SBTRKT says: "Basel Castle ... It's just the 'Right Thing to Do.'"

Less than 48 hours left to get your arty party fix, friends.

That's right ... It is the next-to-last day of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. And you've done four straight afternoons at the fairs.

But if you're not already laid up in a SoBe hotel bed (or crumpled on a half-collapsed sofa in some Wynwood crash pad) with a nasty case of ABMB-induced exhaustion, let's start planning your fourth straight night of Basel clubbin'.

Just check the cut for Crossfade's 25-party guide to today's Basel 2013 music and club stuff.

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Basel 2013: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Sheek Louch Turn Up Till Closing Time

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Ghostface Killah
With secret guest Raekwon
Plus Tha Lox's Sheek Louch
DJs Heron, Self Born, Klassik, and Exes
The Stage Miami
Friday, December 6, 2013

There were patdowns at the door. And a bouncer forewarned "tonight's a different crowd."

On Thursday, De La Soul's Maseo, Dave, and Pos did Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 at The Stage Miami. And it was all 'bout positive old-school vibes and that "real hip-hop."

But last night, Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah was up in the Design District's best club, looking to cause some Basel mayhem. Would there be violence, mutilation, riots?

Nope. Despite security's high-alert status, the club being a sweaty mob scene, and Ghost not going on till 2:43 a.m., there weren't any injuries. And the allegedly gangsta crowd got nothing but happy and high. And a full-show surprise cameo from Wu-Tang's Raekwon.

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