Nicole Moudaber

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Nicole Moudaber
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Nicole Moudaber at Mayday 2014
Background information
Birth name Nicole Moudaber
Born 1977 (age 40) [1]
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Techno, electronica, deep house, house, tech house
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, promoter
Years active 2008–present
Labels 8 Sided Dice, Area Remote, Azuli Back Catalog, Intacto, Intec, iVAV Recordings, Kling Klong, Leena Music, Monique Musique, Monique Speciale, MOOD Records, Plastic City. Play, Rawthentic Music, VIVa Music, Waveform Recordings, Yellow Tail
Notable instruments
Traktor Pro, Kontrol X1, Pioneer

Nicole Moudaber is a Lebanese-Nigerian music producer and DJ born in Nigeria. In 2009, Carl Cox described her as "the most underrated DJ" to DJ Magazine,[2] which helped to launch her career. Her 2013 debut album Believe was Number 1 for a month on the Beatport techno, tech house, and deep house charts. Moudaber has teamed up with techno notables such as Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, etc. and she also launched MOOD Records imprint in 2012.[3]


Moudaber was raised in Nigeria. She moved to London, England after graduating from Richmond College with Social Sciences BS degree.[citation needed]

When she was living in Lebanon, Moudaber was one of the first people to bring dance music to Beirut.[citation needed] After the war in 1996 her "Trashy Renaissance" party in Beirut was the first rave event of its kind[citation needed] and prompted her to bring out international DJs, including Paul Van Dyk and Anthony Pappa for the first time to the Middle East.[citation needed] Moudaber describes her first party as: "I threw [it] in the middle of Beirut city[dubious ] was in the vicinity of a mosque and a cathedral, it was meant to defy the notion of hatred and prove we can do it together (the new generation) through music. It was a total success." [4]

One of Moudaber's all-inclusive electronic music parties was detailed in the media and resulted in her being summoned by the police:[citation needed]

"At the time Syrians were heavily involved in Lebanon and I had started putting on parties. One happened to be around Halloween and as a result, all the gays took advantage and came dressed up as drag queens and other outrageous stuff—all in the name of fun. It turned out that undercover journalists were scouting the party. They took photos and it ended up being a five-page spread in the Middle Eastern equivalent of Cosmopolitan talking about homosexuality and perversion in the Middle East—my party being heavily featured within this article. Five months down the line I was asked to go down to the police station because the authorities had some questions for me. When I got down there, they were treating me like a terrorist, asking me all sorts of questions about my affiliation with homosexual people and whether I had seen them doing things. It was a really sad and outrageous situation, but luckily I had connections and therefore didn’t stay long. It was enough to persuade me that I was wasting my time out there and that these people would never get that sense of ritual and community I was trying to bring within these events, so I very much stuck to London and Europe from there onwards."[citation needed]

Moudaber is listed as a Resident Advisor Top 1000 artist.[5] In 2015, she was ranked as the 100th best DJ in the world by the Resident Advisor top DJs poll.[6]



Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Silent Sigh EP (MOOD, 2016)
  • BREED (MOOD, 2015)
  • Her Dub Material (MOOD, 2015)
  • The Whippin' I'm Dishin' (MOOD, 2014)
  • Bittersweet EP (Drumcode, 2014)
  • See You Next Tuesday (MOOD, 2014)
  • One Day Later (Intec Digital, 2014)
  • Give Me Body (MOOD, 2013)
  • In The Mood (MOOD, 2013)
  • Roar (Intec Digital, 2013)
  • Sonic Language EP (Drumcode, 2013)
  • In the Mood (MOOD Records, 2013)
  • The Journey Begins (Drumcode, 2012)
  • Hair (Leena Music, 2012)
  • I'm A Gangsta (Kling Klong, 2012)
  • Different Meanings (8 Sided Dice Recordings, 2011)
  • Who Said EP (Waveform Recordings, 2011)
  • Feline EP (Intec Digital, 2011)
  • Break It EP (Kling Klong, 2011)
  • She Wears the Pants (Intacto Records, 2010)
  • Mi Cabeza (Monique Spéciale, 2010)
  • Home Sweet Home (Yellow Tail, 2010)
  • Get Fresh (Nocturnal Groove, 2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]

DJ Awards[edit]

The DJ Awards organizes the annual electronic music DJ awards event it is the only international ceremony for DJs and also the oldest, the awards are held once a year at Pacha club in Ibiza Spain it is one of the most important accolades an artist can win or be honoured by.[7]

Moudaber has been nominated in the Best Techno DJ Award category three times.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Nicole Moudaber Best Techno DJ Nominated
2014 Nicole Moudaber Best Techno DJ Nominated
2016 Nicole Moudaber Best Techno DJ [8] Nominated

International Dance Music Awards[edit]

The IDMA is a major event which is part of the Winter Music Conference (WMC) a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since 1985 in Miami Beach, Florida, United States.

Moudaber has been nominated two times.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Nicole Moudaber Best Tech-House/Techno Track for "Roar" [9] Nominated
2016 Nicole Moudaber Best Techno/Tech House DJ [10] Nominated



  1. ^ Romano, Tricia. "Women Edging Their Way Into the D.J. Booth". New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Cox, Carl. "2009". 
  3. ^ "MOOD Records on SoundCloud". 
  4. ^ Venuti, Gaetano. "Nicole Moudaber: Rebellious and Stubborn". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Nicole Moudaber plots a full-length debut for Adam Beyer's Drumcode". 
  6. ^ "Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs 2015". 
  7. ^ Matthews Paul, James. "The Annual DJ Awards To Kick Off At Pacha Ibiza This Monday". Hit The Floor. Hit the Floor On-Line Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "DJ AWARDS 2016 WINNERS & NOMINEES". DJ Awards. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "29th International Dance Music Awards 2014". Winter Music Conference. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "31st Annual International Dance Music Awards 2016". Winter Music Conference. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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