**UPDATED 3/14: Check out footage of Hawtin and Deadmau5’s b2b set below

With the annual South by Southwest Festival now in full swing in Austin, Texas, the scents of smoky barbecue and the sounds of screeching guitars are never far away. But, increasingly, so is the booming bass of electronic music as it creeps its way into the now 26-year-old festival.

In fact, one of the biggest draws for the conference was yesterday’s chat called “Talk. Techno. Technology.”, which featured Canadian dance-music titans Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 talking shop—and much more.

“Probably how we first bonded was we’re two kids — or we were two kids — who found a love of technology and communicating through technology … that took us to a place where we never imagined we’d be today. It’s probably because we’re both geeks. We feel pretty cool with computers rather than people sometimes,” reports The Toronto Star.

But what really fuels the giants of dance music?

“Tim Hortons. They put something in it,” said Zimmerman.
“I had one right across from my studio,” offered Hawtin.
“Really? I have one right across from my studio, too,” chuckled Zimmerman, quickly racing to clarify: “There’s a Tim Horton’s on every f—ing corner in Canada.”

The two played a back-to-back set that night at Stubb’s, and Hawtin, Loco Dice, Tiga, and more play one of Hawtin’s CNTRL: Beyond EDM shows tonight at Bungalow. Read the whole Toronto Star story here.

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