Interview with DJ & Music Producer "Boehm"
DJ & Music Producer
Hailing from the Eastern Europe cultural hub of Bucharest, Boehm has quickly made a name for himself in Melodic and Tropical House circles. Though only releasing music under the moniker of Boehm until relatively recently, Alex has been producing music since the age of 12 getting his start in hip-hop and eventually going on to produce several pop hits throughout Europe.
The widespread appeal of his music can be found everywhere from Tiesto’s weekly
podcast – Club Life Radio (where his remixfor Tiesto & Martin Garrix premiered on Sirius XM) to your local Starbucks in-store playlist. Add to that an array of musical figures who became fans including heavy weight DJ’s such as Steve Aoki, NERVO, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike who have requested official remixes from him. As the adventure continues, Boehm is now prepping his first batch of original tunes along with a number of high profile remixes including Hotline Bling in collaboartion with Charlie Puth.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Boehm: My typical day is starting around 10AM and continues with the morning routine like shower, breakfast and of course with feeding my three noisy cats J. I am watching the news, drinking a coffee, having my daily cardio practice and after that I am driving to my studio. Basically I start my studio time every day around noon but first I am doing some office stuff like answering the emails, Facebook messages and stuff like that. I spend around 10 hours daily at my studio, working every day on some new materials. If I have time in the evening I am watching a movie or play some FIFA and that’s about it.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Boehm: There are so many projects lately. I ended up the year with some great official remixes for Sia, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth and some others that haven’t been released yet. I have prepared some new giveaway bootlegs that will come out in the first part of the year as a special gift for my incredible followers. Also I have finished a lot of new original songs with some great talented artists like Molly Moore, Rothchild, Spencer Ludwig from Capital Cities, my Cheat Codes buddies and a huge collab with Steve Aoki & Walk The Moon.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Boehm: The most exciting thing is that I am able to do what I really like. I was dreaming about becoming a music producer since I was a child and that’s the only thing I did in my life. That’s the most exciting thing about it.
My challenge is to evolve day by day, to push myself to new limits and to be able to break those limits, to make people happy with my music and to leave something behind me.
Daily News: Where does your passion derive from?
Boehm: This is my dream. This is all I ever wanted for me. I am very ambitious and very hard working and my passion derives from all of that. I am breathing, eating, feeling music.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Boehm: I really try to manage a healthy work/life balance but I have to say I’m not very good at it. I try to eat healthy, play sports and sleep at least 6 hours every day.
Daily News: What does success look like to you?
Boehm: I really don’t know to be honest. I know what success looks like to others but not myself. I like to take it step by step. Knowing where I was last year and where I am now is a great achievement for me and this looks like a success for this moment. I don’t calculate success in money, possessions or anything like this. At this moment a track that has 3 millions plays on my Soundcloud is a success to me.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Boehm: Being able to work with artists that a few months ago I was only looking at their photos is pretty amazing. Also, I consider a great achievement my first North American tour that took place in October-November last year.
Daily News: What’s one word that best describes your personality?
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Boehm: Letting my fans down. I am here because of them and I don’t want to disappoint them in any way.
Daily News: What is your most treasured possession?
Boehm: I don’t believe in physical possession. I think my gift of making music is my most treasured “possession.”
Daily News: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Boehm: I like politics and football; so I think I would be doing some of these two if I weren’t doing music.
Daily News: Do you have any upcoming projects in the pipeline?
Boehm: Yes. A lot of new music coming out this year, as well as a lot of new original songs and some huge collaborations for me.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Boehm: Anyplace that has the ocean, palm trees and 365 days of sun is a place to travel for me. I find my peace every time I am near the ocean/sea.
Daily News: Where would you most like to live?
Boehm: I have been thinking about moving to Los Angeles for quite a while now. I think it’s the best place for me to live in. I have a lot offriends there, colleagues, my booking agent and managers are also living there and the music industry is very present in LA. Beside that, Los Angeles has almost 365 days of sun, ocean, beaches and a lot of palm trees.
Daily News: How do you spend your down time?
Boehm: I used to play a lot of FIFA a while ago but I was getting angry every time I played, so I don’t do it so much now. Watching a good movie; it’s the most relaxing thing for me right now.
Daily News: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Boehm: This is a tough question. I think I will say Michael Jackson. That man was a genius and inspired so many generations of musicians. To spend a day with him, making some beats or learning the moonwalk would have been amazing.
Daily News: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Boehm: Haha. I never thought about this. I will say a pet cat or a dog. They are always happy and they always bring joy to a human and basically this is what I am trying to do now with my music, to bring joy to the people.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Boehm: Believe in yourself and follow your dreams no matter what. No matter how many refuses you got, no matter how many “NOs” you hear, no matter what people are saying or not, no matter how impossible might seem at some point just don’t give up and do what you think is best for you. Do what you are feeling. Do your thing, discover yourself and the path will appear. In the end it’s all about music and the music will be heard!