Interview: Boehm

While the tropical house movement is yet to hit it's full stride, there is no doubt the genre is gaining its grip on the world, especially through forefront artists like Kygo and Thomas Jack who are absolutely slaying Australia and the US at the moment. One guy hailing from the Eastern European city of Bucharest is the Romanian DJ/Producer and Tropical hit maker Boehm who is one of Tropical House's hidden secrets.

Boehm's reputation is rising as festival favourite with a discography that boasts official remixes for Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Urban Cone and Tove Lo, as well as his latest offering – a remix of the highly addictive electronic gem from Cheat Codes titled Visions. Currently wrapping up the European Summer with a bunch of non-stop club shows, we had a chat with Boehm to talk about his latest release with the LA Trio Cheat Codes.

Cheat Codes - Visions (Boehm Remix)

Hey Boehm, Thanks for taking the time out to chat with us today. Tell us a bit about your musical background?

I grew up listening to all kinds of music from Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Queen, Otis Redding to Michael Jackson. I dreamt of being in music since I was a child. I started playing keyboard when I was 12 then moved on to making hip-hop beats and also played in a jazz group. After that I decided to learn how to play piano on my own. At 19, I was hired to work in a recording studio and have been producing music ever since.

What's the electronic music scene like in Bucharest or Romania for that matter?

There isn't much of an electronic music scene in Romania unless you are a Tech House or Deep House DJ. There are only 2 clubs that play electronic music and one is in Bucharest and the other is in Cluj. There are a couple festivals over the summer too. Back in the day we used to have 3 dance radio stations but now there is only 1 left.

What's your artistic process like, do you approach singles and remixes differently?

There's not much of a difference in my process with remixes and originals – I treat most songs like they are brand new Boehm songs. First I play a piano melody over an accapella and then start building on it from there. The most important thing to me is that I produce something that makes me happy.

We're loving the latest remix of Cheat Codes, is there anything you could tell us about the track and how it came to be?

I fell in love with "Visions" the first moment I heard it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, which doesn't always happen so naturally. The vocals are so warm and inspiring. I'm so happy with it and so happy that you love it too!

You've been likened to acts like Kygo and Thomas Jack, how do you see your style of music?

I think I was linked with Kygo and Thomas Jack because Tropical/Melodic House is such a small market that is getting a lot of attention right now. With Tropical House being such a trending sound I had to adapt to set myself apart. My style carries influences from Tropical House, Progressive, Jazz, and Pop. I don't have any plans and I don't know where this will take me musically but as long as my music brings people joy I'm happy.

Which artists are inspiring you right now?

This is a hard question! I don't know… I have been a fan of Tiesto since watching the DVD of his Gelredome arena show in 2003. The Swedish House Mafia guys are an incredible inspiration. Calvin Harris is a true genius though. There is so much to learn from him!

Do you have any crazy pre-show rituals?

No crazy pre-show rituals – at least not yet! I always want to nap before a show but it almost never happens. Too much excitement!

If you could play any festival in the world right now, what would it be?

Simple – Tomorrowland! J Maybe it's cliché but the energy Tomorrowland creates is unbelievable.

Visions (Boehm Remix) is out now on iTunes