With a fondness for the occasional R&B remix, Cyril Hahn is making a name for himself thanks to a sound which owes as much to the woozy hip hop-inspired aesthetics of the likes of Shlohmo as it does to the dancefloor. The Bern-born, Vancouver-based producer introduces himself…

Who are you?

Hi. I’m Cyril.

What do you sound like?

My sound is a weird mix of different influences and phases in my life. The noise from my hardcore/punk phase when I was a teenager, the drones and excessive use of reverb from my post-rock/ambient phase and my more recent liking towards R&B, rap and house got me listening more carefully to beats and bass elements in songs.

Why should we listen to you?

My friends always describe my music as sex music or make out music so I guess if you wanna get down to business my songs are just what you need.

What have you released so far?

So far I’ve released a bunch of free remixes and mixtapes on my SoundCloud. I’ve also done an official remix for the UK-based band Alpines and have two more official remixes coming out soon. Other than that I really want to focus on originals.

What song sums you up?

‘Nice One Cyril’

What or who is your biggest influence and why?

There are many, but one of the biggest is Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy aka Will Oldham. He made me realise that 95% of what makes a song is the emotion you put into it.

Where can we hear your music?

On my SoundCloud and sometimes on BBC Radio. Also in bars in Tel Aviv, according to my friend who’s living there at the moment.

Where will you be in five years’ time?

Hopefully in my own studio with all the gear I can dream of, surrounded by lots of cats and snacks.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Three years ago I was writing folk songs on my banjo…


Cyril will tour Europe in March. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

18th December, 2012


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