Nicolas Bougaïeff Berlin Nicolas Bougaïeff is a maverick in today’s musical underground. His productions prove a remarkable synthesis between classical composition and contemporary techno; where delicate textures nestle between his signature brutal, orchestral sound. A thirst for a deep understanding of musical architecture inspired Bougaïeff to take up musique concrète studies at the Conservatoire in Montreal, before he completed a doctorate on the subject of minimal techno at the University of Huddersfield. A move to Berlin in 2008 proved a pivotal moment in Bougaïeff’s artistic development. Diving head-first into the city’s hedonistic techno scene, Bougaïeff established a lasting friendship with Richie Hawtin, designing the performance set-up for Hawtin’s Plastikman Live tour. Bougaïeff is also a co-founder of Liine, the company that launched the iPad version of Lemur — an industry-standard tool used famously by Daft Punk and Björk — before launching Skram, a best-selling mobile music app. Hawtin remains a partner of Liine. Establishing himself as a respected educator and authoritative voice in the industry, Bougaïeff regularly delivers composition masterclasses at universities across Europe and has appeared on expert panels at Mutek, Norberg Festival and Ableton Loop. Highlights from a formidable body of productions include a stellar collaboration with Max Cooper for Traum Schallplatten, a string of releases on the Cologne-based imprint, Trapez, which included a remix from scene-heavyweight Marc Houle, whilst Bougaïeff’s ‘Pulse Train’ would prove a highlight of Maceo Plex’s Berlin Boiler Room set. With the imminent launch of his own imprint, Bougaïeff seems set to delve deeper and further in establishing a new hybrid of classical contemporary and electronic music. Paying homage to the past, he’s spearheading the avant-garde.