I was just being a troll. But I haven't heard anyone any age refer to a techno artist as happy hardcore. However I've heard so much reference to it about modern pop punk and easycore bands it's ridiculous. The rave kids and techno geeks would call any and of these house or just techno. Never heard the term happy hardcore pop out of someones mouth that didn't have a beard and wasn't 30 lbs overweight. idk maybe just no one in colorado has no basic knowledge of techno.