Nicolas Jaar

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Nicolas Jaar
Nicolas Jaar live at Rex Club Paris.jpg
Nicolas Jaar live at Rex Club in Paris
Background information
Also known as Nico
Born (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 25)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Electronic, house, deep house
Associated acts DARKSIDE

Nicolas Jaar (born 10 January 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 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. 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[4] and four stars from the Guardian.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

On May 18, 2012 Nicolas Jaar made his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut,[8] which was voted Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012.[9]

The debut album from Darkside, Jaar's project with longtime collaborator Dave Harrington, was released on October 4, 2013.[10]

In March 2014, Jaar collaborated with Sasha Spielberg under the Just Friends moniker and released the single entitled "Don't Tell Me."[11]

In February 2015, Jaar released a version of the 1969 film The Color of Pomegranates on YouTube, for which he composed an alternative soundtrack.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions



2011 Space Is Only Noise

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details
2008 The Student
2010 Russian Dolls
  • Released: 5 March 2010
  • Label: Clown and Sunset
Marks & Angles
  • Released: 17 May 2010
  • Label: Circus Company
Time For Us / Mi Mujer
Edits LP
Love You Gotta Lose Again
2011 Nico's Bluewave Edits
Don't Break My Love
  • Released: 1 November 2011
  • Label: Clown & Sunset
2015 Nymphs II
  • Released: 11 May 2015
  • Label: Other People
Nymphs III
  • Released: 29 June 2015
  • Label: Other People


Year Details
2015 Pomegranates
2015 Dheepan


Year Artist Track Title
2009 No Regular Play "Owe Me"
2010 Azari & III "Into the Night"
DJ T. "Gorilla Hug"
Ellen Allien "Flashy Flashy"
Kasper Bjørke "Heaven"
Maceo Plex "Gravy Train"
Matthew Dear "You Put a Smell On Me"
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" Nico's Rework
Kasper Bjørke "Heaven"
The Bees "Winter Rose"
2011 Architecture in Helsinki "W.O.W"
Mike & The Censations "Theres Nothing I Can Do About It" Nico's Bluewave Edit
Missy Elliott "Work It" Nico's Bluewave Edit
Sneaky Sound System "Big" Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
The Blow "Hey Boy" Nico's Bluewave Edit
When Saints Go Machine "Fail Forever"
2012 Cat Power "Cherokee"
Chet Faker "Terms and Conditions"
Mike James Kirkland "What My Last Girl Put Me Through
(There's Nothing I Can Do About It)"
Shlohmo "Rained the Whole Time"
2013 Brian Eno "Lux"
Grizzly Bear "Sleeping Ute"
2014 The Hellen Hollins Singers "Consolation" Nicolas Jaar Edit
2015 Florence and the Machine "What Kind of Man"

Unreleased edits[edit]

This edits are performed live or played in mixes and have never been released.

Year Artist Track Title
2009 Stretch "Why Did Ya Do It" Nico's Edit
Mulatu Astatke "Yegelle Tezeta" Nico's Edit
2010 Luca C & Brigante "Lucio" Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington Edit
2011 The Enticers "Thief" Nicolas Jaar Live Set Edit
Wendy Rene "After Laughter Comes Tears" Nicolas Jaar Edit
2012 LaShun Pace "It’s Me Oh Lord (Acapella Praise) " Nicolas Jaar Edit

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. ^ "Album Reviews: Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise". Pitchfork. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  5. ^ Tony Naylor (12 March 2011). "Nicolas Jaar is the renaissance man of electronic music | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Track Reviews: Nicolas Jaar: "Don't Break My Love"". Pitchfork. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  7. ^ "RA Poll: Top 20 live acts of 2012". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Ravens, Chal; Gregorsky, Mikael (photographer) (May 21, 2012). "Nicolas Jaar's BBC Essential Mix". Dummy Mag. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "BBC iPlayer - BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix: Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012. Nicolas Jaar". Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Darkside Announce Debut LP 'Psychic'". Modular Recordings. September 4, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jaar & Spielberg as: Just Friends". Indie Shuffle. March 25, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Color of Pomegranates".