Boris Bunnik is a versatile and creative soul from the island of Terschelling, Holland. He uses music making as a way of exploring his place in the world, of explaining his feelings and of processing life. It is for that reason that he has so many aliases and releases so much music (to the point where it has been said that he must be an insomniac given how much he puts out.) One of the most prolific artists in the scene over the last seven years plus, he has become an essential voice in the often crowded conversation: he is someone who always speaks clearly and captivatingly and has done so via seven full length albums and more than 20 EPs on labels like Delsin – where he has been a core artist for years – Clone, Rush Hour and his own label Transcendent.
Never one to kowtow to trends, Boris goes his own way whether working as Conforce (on atmospheric, under water techno tracks), Vernon Felicity (for club focussed jacking house) or Versalife (for his excellent electro work on Clone West Coast and Frustrated Funk). Although it is fair to say he is influenced by techno and electro from Detroit and the UK, he also looks forward and aims to contextualise the present day. In laying down new foundations of sound with his many diverse and dexterous techniques, he makes music that is about more than just the dance floor function: instead he uses mood as his creative spark. “I have a low attention span,” says the Dutch island boy. “Some people could see it as a problem, but for me it is a damn fine positive thing that allows me to explore many creative possibilities; it helps me to stay sharp and go out of my comfort zone.” Though he is always pushing his personal boundaries with each project, then, consistency and quality shine trough his expert and authentic bit of sound design.
Boris plays life in the world’s most respected clubs, but his show focusses on musical content instead of the gear used. “My setup is hybrid, to the point, and allows me to play freely in a club, where in the studio I am much more focussed on perfection.” The digital/analogue dichotomy of his productions spread into these sets, always stressing the importance of the human element without shying away from technology’s advances at the same time as marrying genuine emotional depth with dance floor compatibility.
Besides production, Boris always proves he has a sharp eye and ear for mixing music in compelling ways. “I don’t want to call myself a DJ, I just play the music I really like and love to share: As such he is a quality selector and his sets are nothing less than a personal reflection of this taste without any concession.
All this proves that Boris the artist and Boris the person are one and the same: he lives through his art and vice versa. Further proof of this comes with the fact that he is a keen and talented street photographer who documents his travels around the world trough his lens, which in turns helps him to understand the places he visits and the people he meets. ‘It enriches me as a person and helps me to ground in the present.It’s important for me to not simply always consume an environment in 24 hours.”
Boris has been on an honest mission since day one, then, and as he continues to combine his passions in endlessly creative ways, that will only continue …
Conforce Top 10 March 2016:
01. Detroit Diesel – MJ Dimension (Dum Records)
02. Stereociti – Moon Skin (Mojuba)
03. Lost Trax – Life Out Of Balance (Frustrated Funk)
04. Arpanet – Quantum Transposition (Rephlex)
05. Mono Junk vs Mesak – Deep In My Mind (Dum Records)
06. Kris Wadsworth – 666 B1 (KW666)
07. Gunnar Haslam – Athabaskan Languages (Delsin)
08. Versalife – Night Time Activities Part 1 (Clone West Coast Series)
09. Various Artists – Signs Of Decay (Solar One Music)
10. Conforce – Dark Days (Delsin)