John Talabot

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John Talabot
Birth nameOriol Riverola
Born (1982-01-08) 8 January 1982 (age 39)
  • Hivern Discs
  • Permanent Vacation
  • Young
Associated actsPional, The xx, DFA, Jamie xx Talaboman, Parple

Oriol Riverola better known by stage name John Talabot (born 8 January 1982), is a Catalan DJ from Barcelona, Spain, record label owner, producer and electronic musician.

Musical career[edit]

After initially producing tracks under the name d.a.r.y.l,[1] Riverola began releasing music as John Talabot in 2009 (a name taken from the school he attended in Barcelona[2]). His 2010 release "Sunshine" was followed by his debut EP, Families in 2011 on the Young Turks label.

Talabot released his debut album ƒIN in January 2012 on Permanent Vacation. The record was generally well received with critics, receiving a 5 star review from The Guardian.[3]

Despite not releasing a solo album since ƒIN, Talabot has released music consistently including remixes of artists from The XX to Sfire to Shit Robot. In social media posts Talabot has hinted that work is ongoing for his second LP.

The Hivern label was founded by Riverola in 2008, the name coming from the Catalan word for "winter".[4] The label has released work from artists including Pional, Marvin & Guy, Margot and John Talabot himself.[5] Consistent releases on the label as well as showcase events around Europe have helped establish Hivern as an influential body on the European electronic music scene.

Talabot's 2016 release "Voices" was used as part of Chanel's promotional content for the fashion house's Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection.[6]

Live Performances[edit]

Following the success of the ƒIN album Riverola established himself on the international DJ circuit. This was helped by a 2012 tour with The xx in North America which allowed him to reach a wider audience.[7] In 2017 Talabot performed several shows with Axel Boman as Talaboman including a headline show at the Primavera festival in Barcelona.[8]

Side projects[edit]

John Talabot has been involved in a number of side projects teaming up with Mark Piñol under the name "Quentin",[9] with long time collaborator Pional as "Lost Scripts",[10] with other members of the Hivern Label as "Parple" and most notably with Swedish producer Axel Boman for "Talaboman". The latter originating from a track, "Sideral" [11] the two produced for Talabot's 2014 DJ Kicks mix. This was followed with a double EP/LP "The Night Land" which was released in March 2017.[12]

In January 2018 Talabot began a monthly show "Music for Days Like This" on online station NTS Radio.[13]


Mix albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • My Old School (Permanent Vacation, 2009)
  • Sunshine (Hivern Discs, 2009)
  • Mathilda's Dream (Permanent Vacation, 2010)
  • Families (Young Turks, 2011)
  • Lamento (Young Turks, 2009)
  • So Will Be Now (Permanent Vacation, 2013)
  • Without You (!K7 Records, 2015)
  • Machine - (John Talabot's Synthedit) / Peter (The Drifter Edit) (Philomena, 2015)
  • Master - DreadMan (John Talabot's Dusty Edit), (Hivern Discs, 2015)
  • Sfire 3 (John Talabot Remixes) (CockTail d'Amore Music, Muting The Noise, 2016)
  • Voices (Permanent Vacation, 2016)
  • The Strange Silence (Permanent Vacation, 2017)


  1. ^ "John Talabot's Extraordinary 'DJ-Kicks' Entry Is a Love Letter to the Warm-Up Set". Spin. 16 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Who was Sir John Talabot? - John Talabot".
  3. ^ "John Talabot:fin". The Guardian. 26 January 2012.
  4. ^ "John Talabot".
  5. ^ "RA: Hivern Discs - Record Label". Resident Advisor.
  6. ^ "Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture Show - CHANEL". YouTube. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  7. ^ "John Talabot readies remix EP, will tour with the xx". 23 July 2012.
  8. ^ "John Talabot and Axel Boman announce debut album as Talaboman". 30 January 2017.
  9. ^ "John Talabot and Marc Piñol are Quentin on new Hivern Discs EP". Resident Advisor.
  10. ^ "Review: Lost Scripts - S.O.P. / A.F.K." Resident Advisor.
  11. ^ "Review: Talaboman - Sideral". Resident Advisor.
  12. ^ "John Talabot and Axel Boman discuss their upcoming 'Talaboman' album The Night Land - interview". The Independent. 3 February 2017.
  13. ^ Radio, N. T. S. "Music For Days Like These w/ John Talabot 16th February 2018". NTS Radio.

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