From playing his regular DJ sets at some of the most well-known clubs in the world such as Berghain, Melkweg, Rex Club, Sub Club, as well as releasing tracks on Soma Records, Electric Deluxe, Perc Trax, Suara, and others, Hans Bouffmyhre has become well known for his energetic style of hypnotic and raw energy. It’s no surprise that with his unique style of music, the label Consumed Music would be honored to feature him on remix duties in collaboration with fellow DJs Alpha Particle Assembly and shadoW Work on the single Artificial Mind.
With Hans’ remix, he brings a heavier industrial feel with distorted kicks, stomping drums, and escalating synths that are layered with distorted vocals that will put any listener on a hypnotic journey. Artificial Mind will have us question human evolution and technology, while also making for an epic dancefloor hitter.
Welcome to 6AM Hans, we appreciate you wanting to share what’s been new with you and your music lately. Tell us how your 2022 has been going. What’s been keeping you busy lately?
My pleasure, thanks for having me! 2022 has been a great year personally. Career-wise, I’ve been focusing less on playing gigs and more on production, mastering, and managing my record label. I’ve also been mainly working from my home studio, so I can stay closer to my family.
Speaking of 2022, you recently remixed the track “Artificial Mind” alongside Alpha Particle Assembly and shadoW Work. Can you share the music elements you used that you felt best conveyed the concepts of artificiality and technology?
With the remix, I decided the use a strong kick drum and sub-bass combination, with a bit of added distortion, which hits pretty hard. The vibe of my remix is very loopy and hypnotic, with the intensity building up in the breaks. I feel this style works very well for playing in my sets.
“I feel this style works very well for playing in my sets — I decided the use a strong kick drum and sub-bass combination, with a bit of added distortion. The vibe of my remix is very loopy and hypnotic.”
Sticking to what feels right for your music is key to making the best music.
Let’s get into your label Sleaze Records. What inspired you to take the entrepreneurial approach of wanting to have your own label? How do you want your label to inspire other DJs?
I always wanted to start my own label. I enjoy the freedom it allows me to release my own music, but also to be able to showcase great music from other techno artists in the scene. The label was launched in 2008 and I’m still loving it!
“I enjoy the freedom it allows me to release my own music, but also to be able to showcase great music from other techno artists in the scene.”
Hans is able to surpass artistic hinderance and showcase talented DJs by having his own label.
Being from the U.K., we’d love to know of your favorite hot-spots to go to within the techno scene. For someone new to the techno community, either as an artist or listener, do you have any tips for how newcomers should navigate the scene?
In Glasgow, my favorite clubs to play at or attend are the Sub Club for the more intimate vibe and SWG3 for the bigger events. Both venues are top-class and very well managed. Advice to newcomers would just be to go out and experience techno nights and find out for themselves which clubs and artists they enjoy. My first big experience in techno was going to see Jeff Mills at the Arches in Glasgow when I had just turned 18. My young mind was blown!
“My first big experience in techno was going to see Jeff Mills at the Arches in Glasgow when I had just turned 18. My young mind was blown!”
All it takes is one person that can inspire you to follow your dreams.
Thanks again for your amazing work, is there anything else you’d like to share? Any upcoming projects in the works?
Yes, apart from the remix of Artificial Mind, I have a track called “Distance Between” which was just released on Marco Bailey’s Materia label as part of their summer compilation. Then I have a track called “Crushed” coming on Suara’s next compilation. And finally, a new 4-track EP on my beloved Sleaze called “Treatment” which will be released at the end of September.