You'd be hard-pressed to find a greater authority on house and techno -- and the area where these two EDM genres overlap -- than Steve Bug.
As head honcho of the seminal Berlin imprints Poker Flat, Audiomatique, and Dessous, he's emerged as one of the transatlantic scene's foremost tastemakers since the early '90s.
Of course, Bug is also a seasoned producer with a knack for preserving house and techno's classic essence, while skirting the cutting edge.
It's a sonic balance of past, present, and future increasingly reflected in the tendencies of younger producers across the wider international scene, who are reviving classic '90s dance music with modern production value.
"In sound, I think we are actually pretty much at the point where we had been in the '90s," Bug tells Crossfade. "A lot of young producers started to write music that sounds like the stuff that came out back then. For them, it is something like going back to the roots, I think. But I said it so many times, it is important to go back to come up with something new."
"Personally, I am always trying to create something that I really feel," he adds. "I don't care so much about trends, they are over in a minute anyway. For me, music has to transport a feeling and it has to make you wanna move. But of course, my skills in the studio got much better over the years and technology is helping as well. But I still like to work with real synths instead of plugins most of the time. It is more fun and it sounds definitely more alive."
Bug's new long player Noir certainly transports the listener from EDM's past to the future. And rather than a collection of purely functional dance floor numbers, he's presented that rarest of offerings in this age of short attention spans and digital downloads -- a listening album.
"For me, listening to a whole album makes total sense," Bug explains. "Maybe it doesn't for many others, but I was never focusing on doing what everybody else is doing or not doing. You can express so much more with an album than with just a single track or an EP."
"The whole process of writing an album is something that I really like, and it always brought me further, musically and personally. In a way, the album is a collection of tracks, which every album actually is, but I think all the tracks work very well together. And if you take some time and listen to the whole thing, you will see that it makes sense as one piece."
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Hear for yourself on Friday, when Steve Bug stops by Treehouse on his Noir album release tour with LINK and Miami Rebels.
Steve Bug's Noir Album Tour. With Danyelino and Hardline. Presented by LINK and Miami Rebels. Friday, November 2. Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $10 to $15 plus fees via residentadvisor.net. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-614-4478 or visit treehousemiami.com.