Nicolas Jaar live at Rex Club in Paris
|Also known as||Nico|
10 January 1990|
New York City, New York, US
|Associated acts||Darkside, A.A.L. (Against All Logic)|
Nicolas Jaar (born January 10, 1990) is a Chilean-American composer and recording artist based in New York. Among his notable works are the albums Space Is Only Noise (2011), Pomegranates (2015) and Sirens (2016). He is known in the club world for his various dance 12" EPs he put out from 2008 to 2011. Since his first album, he has embarked on more explorative directions, performing a five-hour improvisational concert at PS1 and releasing a large volume of experimental recordings through his label, Other People, including works by like-minded artists Lydia Lunch, William Basinski, and Lucretia Dalt. In 2015 he scored Jacques Audiard's Dheepan (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015).
Jaar is also half of the band Darkside (Psychic, 2013). Then, in 2018, he released an album under the alias "A.A.L. (Against All Logic)" called 2012 - 2017, described by Pitchfork as one of the best new albums of the year.
Jaar was born in New York to Chilean-Palestinian artist and architect Alfredo Jaar and French-Chilean mother Evelyne Meynard. "Jaar ascribes the melancholy in his music to the six years his parents were separated, when he moved at the age of 3 with his mother from New York to Chile, until the family was reunited in New York." In 2007, he met Gadi Mizrahi and Zev Eisenberg who ran the legendary Marcy hotel parties in Brooklyn, New York. After hearing his early works, Mizrahi suggested 17 year-old Jaar put a 4/4 kick drum underneath his largely experimental compositions. This was Jaar's first foray into dance music, documented in his first release on Mizrahi's label Wolf & Lamb, entitled The Student. "Back then, Jaar says, everything D.J.'s [sic] were playing was 128 beats per minute. The stuff he was doing was almost half that speed, with improvised piano haunting the tracks."
Jaar then spent four years in underground dance circles, crafting rough, hip hop influenced house music (examples include Love You Gotta Lose Again and Marks & Angles). Initially made as jokes to make his mother laugh and dance, Jaar made two songs where he sang in his native Spanish ("Mi Mujer" and "El Bandido"). Jaar did not intend for them to come out. He changed his mind in 2010, as he felt the songs were his way of answering what he deemed as exploitative sampling of Latin American culture by white European DJs.
He released his debut album, Space Is Only Noise, in January 2011 to critical acclaim; it received a score of 8.4 and the title of Best New Music from Pitchfork  and four stars from The Guardian. It was ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, and Crack Mag.
Jaar toured the album for three years with guitarist Dave Harrington (later of Darkside) and keyboardist Will Epstein. Jaar was voted # 1 Live Act on Resident Advisor for the three years he toured the record.
In 2012, he debuted a live concept through Clown & Sunset Aesthetics called From Scratch, where, in front of a live audience, he sampled records he had bought that day. The first iteration happened in Queens, New York at MOMA PS1; it was a five-hour concert produced by Jaar and Clown & Sunset Aesthetics co-founder Noah Kraft with collaboration from Will Epstein, videographer Ryan Staake, dancer Lizzie Feidelson and singer Sasha Spielberg. Jaar has also performed From Scratch in Boulder, Colorado, and Montréal, Quebec.
On October 4, 2013, the debut album from Darkside, Jaar's project with longtime collaborator Dave Harrington, was released to critical acclaim and a 9.0 score on Pitchfork. The band toured the record for the entirety of 2014.
Later that year, Jaar scored the soundtrack to Dheepan, a thriller by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard about a family of Sri Lankan refugees living in the suburbs of Paris. It was the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015.
His second studio album, Sirens, was released in September 2016. Rolling Stone named it the #1 Electronic Album of the year. A deluxe version was released in December 2017, containing three new tracks interspersed throughout the album.
Jaar is the owner and founder of the New York-based imprint Other People, a "serial label" that delivers music digitally to subscribers. It functions much like a magazine subscription, delivering new content each week. Every Sunday, members receive a new issue. In 2013 and 2014, the label released two compilations works: Trust featuring music from Jaar, Dave Harrington, Nikita Quasim, Will Epstein and eight other artists, and Work featuring Jaar, Darkside, Soul Keita, and other artists on the label. Other notable releases include works by Lydia Lunch, DJ Slugo, William Basinski, Valentin Stip, VTGNIKE, Lucretia Dalt and 12z.
In 2017, the subscription-label began focusing on a collection of smaller, online radio releases. The label's former site has since been transformed into a radio network with numbered channels ranging from 0 to 333. The only channels that produce sounds are in multiples of three.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2011||Space Is Only Noise||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018||2012 - 2017 (as Against All Logic)
|Marks & Angles
|Time For Us / Mi Mujer
|Love You Gotta Lose Again
|2011||Nico's Bluewave Edits
|Don't Break My Love
|Fight (Nymphs IV)
|2009||No Regular Play||"Owe Me"|
|2010||Azari & III||"Into the Night"|
|DJ T.||"Gorilla Hug"|
|Ellen Allien||"Flashy Flashy"|
|Maceo Plex||"Gravy Train"|
|Matthew Dear||"You Put a Smell On Me"|
|Michael Jackson||"Billie Jean"||Nico's Rework|
|The Bees||"Winter Rose"|
|2011||Architecture in Helsinki||"W.O.W"|
|Mike & The Censations||"There is 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"|
|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"|
|Grizzly Bear||"Sleeping Ute"|
|2014||The Hellen Hollins Singers||"Consolation"||Nicolas Jaar Edit|
|2015||Florence and the Machine||"What Kind of Man"|
These edits are performed live or played in mixes and have never been released.
|2009||Stretch||"Why Did Ya Do It"||Nico's Edit|
|Mulatu Astatke||"Yekermo Sew"||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|
|2014||Kanye West||"Blood on the Leaves"|
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