With the release of “FOOLISH TOUCH” with Pilar Vega on the horizon, Bauchamp swung by to dive into his production process and more.
Eclectic DJ and producer Bauchamp is someone who should be on your radar if he hasn’t yet graced your speakers. Finding a passion for electronic music and rave and club culture early on in his life while growing up in Rwanda and Switzerland, this unique artist has a myriad of influences that lend to the current soundscapes he creates.
Since first making his break on the scene over a decade ago, Bauchamp has delivered some remarkable tunes. This includes his collaboration with Round Table Knights, “Calypso,” along with a plethora of other releases that have landed on imprints ranging from Mental Groove to Argent Sale.
In 2020, he delivered Snippet to the masses to further showcase his dynamic abilities, and now he’s set to make his return to Argent Sale with another fantastic gem, “FOOLISH TOUCH.” This tune sees him team up with Pilar Vega for a soulful house ride that is packed with emotion – and with its release date on the horizon, we jumped at the opportunity to chat with this music maestro.
Listen to this “Bloombastic” mix from Bauchamp on SoundCloud, pre-order “FOOLISH TOUCH” with Pilar Vega on Bandcamp ahead of its release on April 15, and read on for the full conversation with this vibrant artist in the scene!
Stream EDMID Guest Mix 319 || Bauchamp on SoundCloud:
Hi Bauchamp, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today. First off, congrats on the release of “FOOLISH TOUCH” on Argent Sale, it’s one that’s perfect for a night out on the town. Can you walk us through the production process for this tune?
I was playing the instrumental in my live act for a while, adding a synth solo. There was good energy but something was missing to really make the track take off. With Pilar’s sparkling vocals, the magic started to happen and we set about releasing the track with my label Argent Sale.
This tune also saw you team up with Pilar Vega, how did that connection come about and what was it like working with her on this release?
I was performing as a dancer on the tour of an Italo Disco band and Pilar was the special guest singer on some dates. I loved the freshness and quality of her voice. She came into the studio with some gold lines written on her cellphone and we recorded this track.
When you’re preparing a mix like the one you made for us today, do you typically find yourself curating some specific tracks? Or do you just work your magic behind the decks in a more freeform way?
For a studio mix like the “Bloombastic mix” I’m sharing with you, it’s like a vine stock that takes shape in my mind before really existing as a mixed sequence. Grapes of tracks and tendrils intertwine to develop an atmosphere and are linked together by the branches that graft themselves onto the trunk.
Turning back the clock a bit to your roots, what was it like growing up in Rwanda and Switzerland? How did living in these two countries influence your passion for music?
More than an influence on my music, I guess it’s the whole cartography of my mind that is impacted by this shift. It has probably helped me to relativize the rigid and arbitrary way in which borders are placed.
You’ve explored everything from techno and electro to funk and lo-fi throughout your career so far. What initially drew you to explore such a wide variety of sounds in the electronic realm?
It is precisely this game with borders, this desire to confuse them, that has led me to expand my musical universe.
Do you remember what it felt like the first time you attended your first rave? Who were some of the first electronic artists you fell in love with when you discovered this culture?
Yes, I remember. It must have been at one of those big gatherings in Germany, after 4-5 hours of techno-bus. Coming from a not specifically techno musical background, the first artists that fascinated me were The Chemical Brothers with their way of mixing breakbeat, trance, techno, and rock.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned on your artistic journey so far?
What has shaped me the most in music are the people it has allowed me to discover: Pilar, Tatum Rush, Nancy Deleuze, Tsunami, Schnautzi, Guy Meldem, Christian Pahud, Pietro from the Electric Heroes Record label, Mental Groove, Genet Mayor from Viking Music, Nicolas Jehouda, Andrea, Charivari, Luluxpo.
Finally, now that “FOOLISH TOUCH” is out for the world to hear, what goals do you hope to achieve in the rest of 2022?
I plan to increase the BPM!