A dedicated, energetic and constantly surprising talent, Steve Bug is nothing less than an electronic music ambassador. Resident Advisor once called Steve Bug the “Gentleman of Techno” referring to his sense of duty and dependability as one of the world’s most renowned DJs and producers. The same professionalism that means he’s hardly ever missed a DJ gig is evident in his work as a composer, producer and owner of the Poker Flat Recordings label. Every step he takes is well considered, but always tempered with his own fine humour.
Having grown up in Germany’s techno and acid-house heyday, Steve Bug’s love for a perfect groove is as apparent now as it was back then. His DJ skills and a keen, innovative ear led him not down the typical path of the early nineties trance and harder dance scene, but instead towards a fresher, hybrid sound–merging stripped deep house, tweaked out acid and more minimal forms of techno and electronic music.
His international breakthrough was his fourth studio long player Sensual in 2002, which, followed by the essential Bugnology mix series along with high profile mix CDs for Cocoon, Fabric, Fuse and more, continued to rouse support for Steve’s in-demand DJ style, propelling his career to new heights.
With annual label compilations, a variety of artist albums, and new concepts like the Forward to the Past series, Steve Bug continues to steadily develop his Poker Flat label. In the Spring of 2012, he hosted the first official Poker Flat events in London and Barcelona to critical acclaim. Since, he has taken Poker Flat further afield, with the Big Bluff event series stopping off in cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Berlin.
With over 80 releases, at least 40 remixes, plus compilations and over 500 release credits, it would be difficult to think of Steve Bug as anything less than prolific. Ever driven by the hunger to break new grounds Steve Bug presented his fifth studio album Noir in 2012.
Steve continued his upward trajectory throughout 2014, notably celebrating 15 years of Poker Flat Recordings. With such a wealth of material to look back on, the anniversary provided the perfect opportunity for something of a retrospective. The Four Jacks series compiled exclusive, unreleased tracks and remixes by label associates, putting a contemporary spin on some Poker Flat classics. Steve also made a welcome return to his 10 year dormant Traffic Signs alias, releasing the floor-filling and infectious 'Cookie Jar' with Jake The Rapper on vocals. After so long in business, it's a testament to Steve Bug's unwavering vision that the Poker Flat name remains at the cutting edge of dance music.