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|Also known as||Nightwatch|
|Genres||Drum and bass
|Occupations||DJ, record producer, label Owner|
|Years active||2002 – Present|
|Labels||mau5trap, Vision, Division, Invisible, Roc Nation|
|Associated acts||Hustle Athletics, Korn, Frizz, Drifter, Foreign Beggars, Alix Perez, Ed Rush & Optical, Spor, MC Verse, Mayhem, Milo, Prolix, Excision, Pacific, Joe Seven, Shanodin, Phace, Teebee, The Upbeats, Bex Riley, Giovanca Ostiana, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Dom & Roland, Krause, Black Sun Empire I Am Legion|
|Website||Noisia Official Website|
|Members||Martijn van Sonderen
Thijs de Vlieger
Noisia, stylized as NOISIΛ ('VISION' rotated 180°), is an electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, Netherlands. They now produce a wide variety of music including drum and bass, techstep, neurofunk, dubstep, breakbeat and house music. Noisia performs across the world and owns three record labels (Vision, Division and Invisible Recordings). Foreign Beggars have combined with Noisia to make the side project and supergroup "I Am Legion". They released their collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013. Noisia also go by the name Nightwatch for some of their production credits, such as for their work with Hadouken!, Wretch 32's "Breathe (Sha La La)" and Dream Mclean's "Sloe Gin".
After a few fruitful collaborations with Martijn, who had been involved in music (hip hop production/classical piano) for quite a while before he hooked up with Nik and Thijs, Martijn was added to the Noisia team.
After a while the Internet was discovered as a great way to acquire musical knowledge and to get feedback on productions. Also, the first Noisia tune that received interest from a real label (Mayhem's Shadow Law Recordings) was found on a production message board, this interest was a big motivation to improve the sound of Noisia's productions. An investment in studio-equipment and a dedication to sound design, mixdown and arrangement got things moving, and February 2003 saw the birth of the recording that was going to be the first released Noisia tune; "Tomahawk" by Noisia & Mayhem on Paul Reset's Nerve Recordings imprint. The flip of that was Silicon, which was written in the hangover-days after Mayhem's short but productive stay. Silicon/tomahawk was released in August 2003, and after that things gradually started rolling.
For a time between 2005 and 2009, Noisia also released tracks under the name "Drifter", encompassing the lighter side of Drum and Bass known as Liquid Funk, as well as releasing an EP under the name "Hustle Athletics" on Love Break Recordings. They later decided to go back to releasing all their music under the name "NOISIΛ" so as to not confuse the audience and to avoid being "pigeon holed" into different genres with different names.
Noisia have released music on major Drum & Bass labels such as Teebee's Subtitles, Goldie's Metalheadz, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow, Ram Records, Virus Recordings and Renegade Hardware. They have also collaborated with well-known drum and bass artists Cause 4 Concern, Teebee, Phace, Black Sun Empire, Bad Company UK, Dom & Roland, and The Upbeats. They have remixed Konflict's Messiah, Pendulum and The Freestylers' Painkiller and have been remixed by artists such as Teebee and Matrix, in addition to other remixes.
Eventually Robbie Williams showed interest in working with Noisia, asking them to remix his cover of Manu Chao's Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus, which they turned into a hard-hitting House track soon to be released on the major record label EMI. A Drum and Bass remix of Moby's 'Alice' has also been released to critical acclaim and to a good reception from Moby himself – "We've had some really good remixes done for 'Alice' one of my favourites is the drum and bass remix done by Noisia."
Early 2007 saw the release of Tasha Baxter's Colour of Me, an album entirely produced by Noisia. They met Baxter and bandmate Andre Scheepers on the internet, and after conjoined efforts on the first demo's, the two-member band was signed to EMI South Africa. It took more than a year to complete the project, the end product being a pop flavoured album carrying many different musical influences, like Reggae, Drum & Bass, or regular Pop.
Noisia have also written music for short films as well as various video games, including Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, Wipeout Pulse, Wipeout HD, and Wipeout HD Fury. They also produced "The Tide", which was featured on Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 and "Stigma" intro of Gran Turismo PSP. Their song "Groundhog" was featured twice in DJ Hero, first as a Mashup with Motörhead's "Ace of Spades '08" then later as a beat juggle by the Scratch Perverts. A remixed version of "Groundhog" can also be found in the soundtrack of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. The group also collaborated with Klaus Badelt to provide a series of remixes for the MotorStorm: Apocalypse soundtrack. The 16 Bit remix of "Machine Gun" was featured in the "Stranded" Trailer for the video game Far Cry 3, and "Could This Be" and "Machine Gun" was used on SSX.
Noisia has been working alongside Ninja Theory and produced over three hours worth of music for them and their Devil May Cry reboot; they plan to release a lot of the tracks on their label Division, on 8 January.
On 27 June 2012 Noisia posted a sample on their Facebook page, and YouTube channel from the game DmC: Devil May Cry soundtrack. They confirmed that they had been working on it for a while, and that so far, they have produced over 3 hours of audio for the game. In later 2012, Noisia have also remixed Mark Knight's track, "Nothing Matters", and also "Smack My Bitch Up" for The Prodigy for the re-release of "Fat Of The Land".
Noisia owns three record labels: Vision Recordings is intended for their Drum & Bass work, including collaborations with other producers in the genre, such as Teebee, Mayhem, or MC Verse. The first release on this label contained the popular track The Tide, which instantly gave the label a sturdy foothold in the scene. The fourth release was a collaboration with Mayhem featuring hip-hop legend KRS-One, entitled Exodus. Vision's sister label Division Recordings is an outlet for their output in other genres. The first release featured the Electro/House tune Yellow Brick and the Breaks/House/Electro tune Raar.
They have announced the launch of a 3rd record label in March 2010, called Invisible Recordings. Invisible Recordings will focus on the deeper and more experimental side of drum and bass (think their output for Metalheadz – "Strange Owl Experiment" for starters). The label's debut EP features producers such as Engage, Subterra & Dekko, Icicle and Phace with the second EP featuring Noisia collaborating with Joe Seven and Alix Perez, a solo track by Alix Perez, and a track by newcomer Stray, and the third EP being the debut release of newcomer Hybris.
Split the Atom
Split the Atom, was released on 5 April 2010; the first single from this album, "Machine Gun", was released on 8 March 2010. The second single from the album, "Split the Atom", was released on 25 July 2010.
I Am Legion
I Am Legion is a supergroup formed by Noisia and the UK based hip hop group Foreign Beggars. They released their debut collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013, following the singles "Make Those Move" and "Choosing For You".
Every week, Noisia DJs in several major European cities, such as Manchester, Bristol, Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Budapest, Vienna, Oslo, Athens, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, St. Petersburg, Kraków, Zürich, Lisbon, Belfast, Rome, Ljubljana, Prague, Brussels, Marseille, Edinburgh, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Helsinki, Berne, Groningen. They have done 15 North America tours, ten Australia & New Zealand tours and have visited Israel, Japan and South Africa for single performances.
- VSN 001 The Tide / Concussion
- VSN 002 Lost Cause (with Mayhem) / Choke (ft. MC Verse)
- VSN 003 Bad Dreams / Omissions
- VSN 004 Exodus (with Mayhem) (ft. KRS-One)
- VSN 005 Collision EP
- VSN 006 Alice remix
- VSN 007 Stigma / Crank
- VSN 008 Split the Atom – Vision EP
- VSN 009 Brain Bucket (with Ed Rush & Optical) / Falling Through (with Spor)
- VSN 010 Friendly Intentions / Displaced
- VSN 011 Program (with Phace) / Regurgitate
- VSN 012 Imperial EP
- VSN 017 Hyenas (with Calyx & Teebee) / The Liquid (with Evol Intent)
- SYNDROME 003 Outsource remix / New Deal
- SUBTITLES 037 Hub Cap / Backdraft
- SUBTITLES 042 Monster EP
- SUBTITLES 056 Shower for an Hour / Moon Palace
- SKINT 138 Gutterpunk
- SHA 005 Brainstitch / Deeper Love
- SHA 017 Brainstitch / Back To Your Roots
- RAM 059 Facade / Moonway Renegade (with Mayhem)
- RAM 067 Facade VIP / Skanka
- RAMM81D Deception
- QRNUK 006 Splash Step / Diplodocus
- PASA 028 Gutterpump
- NSGNL 003 Mammoth / Sore Point
- NSGNL 004 CCTV / Factory 5
- NONVOGUE 002 Creep Out / The Bends
- NERVELTD 001 Silicon / Crisis
- NERVE 009 Silicon / Tomahawk
- MSXEP 036 Block Control
- MET 079 The Bells / Last Look
- LOVEBRKZ 002 Lekker EP
- LOVE 006 Fade to Grey
- FOKUZLTD 002 Cloudshine / Dry tears
- ENM 002 Afternoon Delight / Angel Eyes
- DNT 039LTD Contact Noisia Remix
- DVSN 001 Yellow Brick / Raar
- DVSN 002 Seven Stitches / Groundhog
- DVSN 003 Mordez Moi / B.R.U.L.
- DVSN 004 Split the Atom – Division EP
- DVSN 005 Machine Gun EP
- DVSN 006 Split the Atom EP
- DVSN 007 Alpha Centauri / Excision & Datsik Remix
- CITRUSPACK 001 Citrus Sales Pack part 1
- CITRUSLP 002CD No Escape remix / The Vulture
- CITRUS 015 Massada / Lifeless
- CITRUS 017 Lockjaw / Absolom
- CITRUS 020 Homeworld / Outsource
- ATG 019R Painkiller The Remixes
- INVSB 001 Floating Zero
- INVSB 002 Underprint
- INVSB 003 Hybris EP
- MAU5 038 Tommy's Theme
- MAU5 043 Could This Be
- VSNCD Split the Atom
- FABRIC080 FabricLive.40
- MAU5049 Split the Atom Special Edition
- DVSN009 DmC Devil May Cry (Original Game Soundtrack)
- Korn: The Path of Totality (features on the tracks "Kill Mercy Within", "Burn The Obedient" and "Let's Go")
- Korn: The Paradigm Shift (features on the track "Spike in My Veins")
- Hadouken!: Every Weekend (features on the track "Levitate")
- OWS058 I Am Legion (with Foreign Beggars)
- IMO Records "Noisia Biography", IMO Records, London, 21 October 2011. Retrieved on 23 November 2011.
- "Noisia Feat Foreign Beggars – Make Those Moves – YouTube". YouTube. 2013-06-12.
- "Nightwatch NL's sounds on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- "fabriclive.40 NOISIΛ". fabric. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
-  Knowledge, Jan. 2010
- Official Noisia website
- Noisia Soundcloud
- Noisia Facebook
- Noisia Twitter
- Noisia on Beatport
- Noisia on iTunes
- Noisia on Triple Vision Record Distribution
- Noisia on Trackitdown