Noisia calling it quits after 20 years: ‘We are not who we were before’
Over the past 20 years, Noisia‘s resume has solidified them into the bedrock of electronic music. The Netherlands trio released two full-length albums, discovered Skrillex, developed a taste-making radio show that gave many artists their first platform, produced remixes for Moby, Katy Perry, and many others that have stood the test of time, and soundtracked video games like Devils May Cry. They are, by all stretch of the term, pioneers in the music industry.
But all good things must come to an end. Yesterday, September 17, 2019, Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen, and Thijs de Vlieger took to their socials to announce the sun was soon setting on Noisia. “This was a very hard decision to make, but we thought about it for a long time and it feels like the only right thing to do for us without breaking what we’ve built,” says the band in a conscientious and heartfelt press statement.
Their reasoning for disbanding is simply because they’ve all grown in different directions, all wanting different things for their music.
“Noisia has always been about making as few compromises as we can. When Noisia becomes a compromise in itself, it’s time to move on,” Noisia continues. “We’ve tried to realign ourselves over the past few years to keep the wagon on the rails, but the reality still is: we are not who we were before, and the time of doing everything together because we all want the same is behind us.”
While Noisia rose to notoriety in the drum n bass scene, the band quickly discovered a love for genre-crossing, leaping into electro, house, and pop, to name a few. In so doing, they became one of the first electronic acts to successfully fuse dance music genres. It was a format that many followed and one that gained Noisia such a prominent reputation. Of course, each individual member went on the have very successful solo projects, all with varying degree of style, so it will be exciting to see where each artist takes their individual pursuits.
Fans can celebrate Noisia’s final year by catching them on a farewell tour. “We want to go out with a blast and say goodbye to our fans properly,” continues Noisia. The band will do one last year of DJ touring, one last year of Noisia Radio, and finish and release the music they’ve been working on together.
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