Nicolas Jaar

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Nicolas Jaar
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Nicolas Jaar in April 2012
Background information
Also known as Nico
Born (1990-01-10) January 10, 1990 (age 24)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Electronic, house, deep house
Associated acts DARKSIDE

Nicolas Jaar (born 1990) is an American-Chilean musician. Jaar was the owner and founder of his own record label and art house, Clown & Sunset, as well as its successor, the subscription-based imprint Other People.


Jaar was born in New York on January 10, 1990, to Alfredo Jaar and Evelyne Maynard and moved to his father’s native Chile when he was two. He and his family lived there for six years before moving back to New York, where he attended the Lycée Français de New York.[1][2] He studied comparative literature at Brown University, Rhode Island. Jaar met Soul Keita and Nikita Quasim on a school trip through the Sonora desert in Mexico. The three bonded over music and began swapping beats and projects online. In 2009, Jaar started Clown & Sunset as a way to legitimize their music. In August 2013, Jaar wound up Clown & Sunset in favour of a new subscription-based imprint called Other People.[3]

Jaar's music is ruminative and emotional (he calls it "blue-wave"), drawing inspiration from fellow Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno.[4] 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.[1] "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[5] and four stars from the Guardian.[6] 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.[7] Jaar toured the album with a full band, combining sounds from his laptop with a guitarist, drummer, and saxophonist. Resident Advisor gave them the number 1 spot in their Top Live Act 2012 list.[8]

On May 18, 2012 Nicolas Jaar made his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut,[9] which was voted Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012.[10]

The debut album from Darkside, Jaar's project with longtime collaborator Dave Harrington, was released on October 4, 2013.[11]

In March 2014, Jaar collaborated with Sasha Spielberg under the Just Friends moniker and released the single entitled "Don't Tell Me."[12]


Nicolas Jaar live at Rex Club in Paris

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions



2013 Psychic (as Darkside) 163[13] 6[14] 5[15] 21[16]
2011 Space Is Only Noise


Year Details
2011 DARKSIDE EP (w/ Dave Harrington)
  • Released: 17 November 2011
  • Label: Clown & Sunset
  • Format: Download
2011 Don't Break my Love
  • Released: 1 November 2011
  • Label: Clown & Sunset
  • Format: Download
2011 Nico's Bluewave Edits
  • Released: 10 July 2011
  • Label: W+L Black
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Love You Gotta Lose Again
  • Released: 5 October 2010
  • Label: Double Standard Records
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Time For Us / Mi Mujer
  • Released: 25 July 2010
  • Label: Wolf + Lamb Music
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Marks & Angles
  • Released: 17 May 2010
  • Label: Circus Company
  • Format: Vinyl
2010 Russian Dolls
  • Released: 5 March 2010
  • Label: Clown and Sunset
  • Format: Download
2008 The Student
  • Released: 5 April 2008
  • Label: Wolf + Lamb Music
  • Format: Download


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "RA: Breaking through: Nicolas Jaar - Interview". Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Lycée Francais de New York Class of 2008 Directory". Alumni Association of the Lycée Français de New York, inc. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Nicolas Jaar explores his darkside". The Skinny. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Hipsters Music: Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise". HipstersMusic. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews: Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise". Pitchfork. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ Tony Naylor (12 March 2011). "Nicolas Jaar is the renaissance man of electronic music | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  7. ^ "Track Reviews: Nicolas Jaar: "Don't Break My Love"". Pitchfork. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  8. ^ "RA Poll: Top 20 live acts of 2012". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Ravens, Chal; Gregorsky, Mikael (photographer) (May 21, 2012). "Nicolas Jaar's BBC Essential Mix". Dummy Mag. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "BBC iPlayer - BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix: Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012. Nicolas Jaar". Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Darkside Announce Debut LP 'Psychic'". Modular Recordings. September 4, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jaar & Spielberg as: Just Friends". Indie Shuffle. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Darkside – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Darkside – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Darkside – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "2013 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Space is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar - Download Space is Only Noise by Nicolas Jaar". 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2011-10-27.