His first forays into the dance music underground came amidst Quebec’s insular rave scene in the late 1990s. A thirst for a deeper understanding of music inspired Bougaïeff to take up electroacoustic composition studies at the Conservatoire in Montreal.
A move to Berlin in 2008 provided a pivotal moment in Bougaïeff’s artistic development, his intrigue brought him far beyond days and nights of excess. Bougaïeff completed a doctorate on minimal techno at the University of Huddersfield and designed the controllers for Richie Hawtin‘s Plastikman Live tour.
Whether performing live or as a DJ, Bougaïeff demonstrates a rare ability to wield delicate textures amidst the brutal and orchestral dimensions that underpin his sound. Finding inspiration in numerous science fiction novels, his recent productions explore relentless sonic portraits that alternate between paranoid dystopia and far future exhilaration.
Forthcoming releases include a series of EPs on NovaMute and an EP on Max Cooper‘s Mesh label. Nicolas Bougaïeff is not only paying homage to the past, he’s spearheading the techno avant-garde.