Wednesday, September 23 2015
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean-American musician and founder of record label ‘Other People’ . He was a member of the New York based outfit DARKSIDE. ‘Space is Only Noise’ is the name of his first record. He resides in New York.
Jaar’s music is ruminative and emotional (he calls it “blue-wave”), drawing inspiration from fellow Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno. Most of Jaar’s compositions reside at 100 BPM or lower, far lower than the techno/house standards of 120–130 BPM. “I’m going to keep taking the beats even slower,” he said in an interview with Resident Advisor. “More unintentional things happen between the beats.” He released his debut album, Space Is Only Noise, in January 2011 to critical acclaim, receiving a score of 8.4 and the title of Best New Music from Pitchfork and four stars from the Guardian. It was ranked the number 1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, and Crack Mag, number 2 by DJ Mag, and number 20 by Pitchfork. His track “Don’t Break My Love” also received the Best New Track award from Pitchfork in late 2011. Jaar toured the album with a full band, combining sounds from his laptop with a guitarist, drummer, and saxophonist. Resident Advisor readers voted Nicolas Jaar as the number 1 spot in their “Top Live Act” polls three years in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013).