We hooked up with Hans Bouffmyhre on the eve of his debut release on Electric Deluxe. Steven is a young man from Paisley with a healthy obsession for techno music. He started off his career in 2006 when he began to promote his own party in Glasgow called ‘Sleaze’, he booked and played alongside some of the worlds best techno acts including the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Funk D’ Void, Chloe, Radio Slave, Johannes Heil, Extrawelt, Phil Kieran, Len Faki & Par Grindvik!”
He now boasts releases on many recognised labels including Perc Trax, Viva Music, Soma, Synewave, Harthouse, 8 Sided Dice, Analytictrail aswell as recently starting his own label Sleaze Records.
So far Hans’ tracks have gained huge support & plays from some of the biggest names in Techno, including Speedy J, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Len Faki, Marco Carola, Steve Lawler, Laurent Garnier, Stephan Bodzin, Joris Voorn and many more!
At only 24 years of age and with a list of releases as long as his arm, the future looks bright for future star Hans Bouffmyhre.. So onto the Q’s
How did you start producing and when?
I picked up a copy of Reason 3.0 in 2007 and started messing around with sounds and making my own loops. About a year later I felt that I was making tracks that were good enough to play and release, soon after I started my own label Sleaze Records, to help showcase my own productions.
What is your approach to putting the tracks together in the studio?
I always start off by getting a nice deep and pounding kick/bass combination and then try to create a catchy synth line. I then add some percussion, maybe hats, rides or claps and once I have all of the desired sounds ready, I start to map it all out on the sequencer. Most of my productions are aimed at the dancefloor. To be honest I’m not really the experimental type and like to make tracks that I can play out!
Can you describe your sound?
It’s dark, repetitive, pounding, club-oriented music!
Can you reference some of your influences?
One of my biggest influences was attending Soma Records ‘Pressure’ events in Glasgow. I used to go every month without fail when I was 18/19. Memorable sets from guys like Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer and of course Slam stick in my mind very vividly. Watching some of them perform inspired me to become a DJ & producer myself.
What do you listen to when you are not producing music?
When I’m not producing I’m normally still listening to techno! Whether it’s podcasts, demos, promos, I listen to a lot of techno music. When I’m having a rare break from the techno I like to listen to old bands like the Stone Roses, Joy Division, The Doors, Pink Floyd and many others. It reminds me of my teenage years as a stoner!
What have been your gig highlights of the last 6 months?
The last year has been great for me in terms of gigs. One of the biggest highlights was making my debut at Berghain last November! It’s a great club with a really special atmosphere and I look forward to playing again in the future.
Who surprises you the most when you play with them? Who is pulling out records that you don’t know?
I’d have to say Gary Beck! I’m lucky enough to play with him quite regularly and every time he drops one of his new tracks I’m like “What is that? You need to send it to me!” haha!
Tell us about the process with your new ep for electric deluxe
When I finished the title track ‘Hypnosis’ I knew there was something special about it. I played it a few times at my gigs and it worked very well for me. I decided to send the EP to Jochem, because I thought it might be a good match for his style. Just a few weeks later I played with Jochem at Tony Rohr’s Birthday party in Frankfurt and he played the track as part of his set, which was great to see!