Nicolas Jaar live at Rex Club in Paris
|Also known as||Nico|
10 January 1990 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Electronic, house, deep house|
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean composer and recording artist based in NY. Notable works include 'Space is only noise' (2011) and 'Pomegranates' (2015) . 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 5 hour improvisational concert at PS1, 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). Recently, Jaar scored Dheepan, by director Jacques Audiard (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015). Jaar is also half of the band Darkside (Psychic 2013).
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean composer and recording artist based in NY. Notable works include 'Space is only noise' (2011) and 'Pomegranates' (2015). 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 5 hour improvisational concert at PS1, 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). Recently, Jaar scored Dheepan, by director Jacques Audiard (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015). Jaar is also half of the band Darkside (Psychic 2013).
Jaar was born in New York to Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar and French-Chilean mother Evelyne Meynard. In 2007, he met Gadi Mizrahi and Zev Eisenberg who ran the legendary Marcy hotel parties in Brooklyn, NY. After hearing his early works, Mizrahi suggested 17 year old Jaar to put a 4x4 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".
Jaar then spent four years in underground dance circles, crafting rough, hip hop influenced house music (examples include "Love you gotta lose again", "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 to 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, receiving 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 3 years with guitarist Dave Harrington (later of Darkside) and keyboardist Will Epstein. Jaar was voted # 1 Live Act on Resident Advisor for the 3 years he toured the record. 
In 2012, he debuted a live concept called 'From Scratch', where he samples records he buys the day of in front of a live audience. The first iteration happened in Queens, NY at MOMA PS1, it was a 5 hour concert with collaborator Will Epstein, videographer Ryan Staake, dancer Lizzie Feidelson and singer Sasha Spielberg. He has also performed From Scratch at the Museum of Modern Art in Denver, Colorado and Montreal.
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.
In February 2015, Jaar released a largely ambient record entitled "Pomegranates" for free. It is loosely based around the 1969 Soviet film The Color of Pomegranates by an Armenian filmmaker Parajanov. It should be noted that 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
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. 
Jaar is the owner and founder of the New York based imprint Other People. Notable releases include works by Lydia Lunch, DJ Slugo, William Basinski, Valentin Stip, VTGNIKE, and Lucretia Dalt. Although the label predominately releases vinyl, it also offers a membership where fans can download new releases and gain access to the entire Other People archive for 4$ a month. Other People only publishes creator-owned content and splits all profits made from records sales 50/50 with artists.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2011||Space Is Only Noise||–||–||–||–|
|Marks & Angles
|Time For Us / Mi Mujer
|Love You Gotta Lose Again
|2011||Nico's Bluewave Edits
|Don't Break My Love
|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||"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"|
|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"|
This 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||"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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nicolas Jaar.|
- "MoMA PS1, Pitchfork Present Nicolas Jaar in NYC". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
- "At Cannes Film Festival, ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme d’Or". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
- "Album Reviews: Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise". Pitchfork. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- Tony Naylor (12 March 2011). "Nicolas Jaar is the renaissance man of electronic music | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- "RA Poll: Top 20 live acts of 2013". Resident Advisor. 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Ravens, Chal; Gregorsky, Mikael (photographer) (May 21, 2012). "Nicolas Jaar's BBC Essential Mix". Dummy Mag. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- "BBC iPlayer - BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix: Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012. Nicolas Jaar". Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "Album Reviews: DARKSIDE - Psychic". Pitchfork. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- . Electronicbeats.com http://www.electronicbeats.net/its-as-if-the-plants-are-speaking-or-even-singing-to-you-daniel-pinchbeck-talks-to-darksides-nicolas-jaar-and-dave-harrington/. Retrieved 2013-04. Check date values in:
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