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Noir
Producer, DJ, A&R & Label-Boss.

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matt.jagger@colludedmanagement.com
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julez@wilde-agency.com

NOIR BIOGRAPHY 2014
“I was 8 years old,” remembers René ‘Noir’ Kristensen, “looking at a poster of Duran Duran outside the Eiffel Tower, and telling my mother that when I was older, I wanted to be a musician, traveling the world like they did.” In the three decades since that day, the softly spoken Dane has achieved all that and more. One of the planet’s most in demand house DJs and the man behind a hugely successful and pioneering label, he’s also the man responsible for one of the decade’s biggest house tracks so far, 2011’s global club smash ‘Around’. The track, a sexy, synthesizer-tinted groove featuring vocalist Hayze, was by far the biggest of Noir’s career to date. Picked up by house giants Defected, it dominated dancefloors across the world for nearly 18 months - and didn’t just catapult Noir to the front rank of producers and DJs but Solomun (whose subtle, sexy remix became the definitive version) as well.

But then Noir’s mission to spread the house music word started early. René was raised in the quiet, close-knit city of Aalborg in Northern Denmark, a town shot through with the peculiarly Scandinavian quality of Janteloven (rule one: “don’t think you’re anything special”). Very much the youngest of three children, his father a smith and his mother a cleaning lady, there was, he says, “no music in the family.” A friend’s big brother, however, had a huge vinyl collection. At 7 years old, when his schoolclass was asked to bring in a tape of their favourite music, René first demonstrated his gift for the unexpected. “All the other kids were bringing in children’s music,” he remembers, “I played Kraftwerk!”

By age 8-10 he was collecting Duran Duran posters and at age 10-12 listening to UK radio stations playing the first wave of acid house, and by 13, like so many European teens, he was a Depeche Mode diehard.
A gifted teenage football player, he had offers from some big local teams, but says he “knew really early that he wanted to create music and express myself.” It was a club called Rendez Vouz that gave him his chance aged 17. “I filled in maybe 5 or 6 times before they asked me to DJ regularly. I told the owner that I would only do it if I could buy all the music for the club and decide the music style.” Soon he was playing three nights a week. As the upper floor DJ, playing “50% house, 50% R&B and hip hop” to the notoriously late arriving, early leaving Danish club crowd, he developed a philosophy of DJing that remains to this day. “The guys that played before me, they played what was given to them via paid promo-service – I bought a lot of music myself to stand out and to push it forward, keep it interesting.” This passion for new music, this wish to give the crowd something unique every time, has never left him: eight out of ten tracks you hear Noir play in any club now has been re-edited by him to fit his sets perfectly.

In 1997 he bought a PC, a Yamaha synth and some Cubase music software. With no experience or musical knowledge (aside from the instinctive sense of ‘what works’ that has guided his whole career) essentially he was starting from ground zero. “I found a guy, Leif Berg Jensen, who taught me to use Cakewalk, and later Reason. He was very technical and I had the flair for arrangement and detail.” The pair made “very electronic, sample based” music, but soon René was looking for a fresh challenge. His next mentor was blues musician Palle Kruse Jensen. “The software I had picked up very quickly but the music stuff came from a lot of questioning. I didn’t know the scales or chords, I judged by mood: ‘why is that happy? Why is that dark?’ It was a long learning curve, sucking all the knowledge I could from these musicians and vocalists.”

A trip to Ibiza in 2004 led to Noir’s first big international tune. Inspired by Nic Fancuilli’s Skylark bootleg of Tears For Fears, and a snatch of a Dire Straits song he heard from a passing car’s stereo on his return home, he constructed the cheeky, ‘Money For Nothing’ sampling ‘My MTV’. It finally came out on Toolroom in March 2006 (by then parts and vocals had been re-recorded), and its success, coupled with that of 2005’s polemic, “All About House Music” gave Noir (“I was looking for melancholic DJ names and DJ Dark or Black sounded really bad! My girlfriend (at the time) suggested I look for something French” like my birthname René) exposure outside Denmark and the confidence to strike out on his own. Giving up his day job at a friend’s gym (“I had convinced them to put a DJ booth in there!”) in 2007 he set up his own label, Noir Music. In 2009 Pirupa & Pigi’s ‘Sweet Devil’, became Noir Music’s first Beatport number one. Since then the label has combined acclaim from DJs and critics (it’s currently the eighth ‘most charted’ label of all time on Resident Advisor) with commercial success; over 180 releases to date (including on sub labels NM2 and Klimaks Records) have garnered too many Beatport top ten hits to count, while the ‘Use Your Ears’ compilation series has consistently showcased the label as one of the best and freshest in house music.

Indeed while Noir maintains that ‘the real kick’ for him is still DJing, thanks to his label (and his bi-monthly podcast), he’s almost as well known for his skills as an A&R / house music tastemaker as he is producer and DJ. Two of this years hottest stars in particular, Hot Since 82 and Finnebassen, first got their break on Noir Music. The team-up with Defected has also proven a great marriage. Not only have the giant UK house label brought ‘Around’ to a wider audience, but a hugely successful, quickfire double header of mix compilations for the label (‘Defected In the House Miami 12’ and ‘Noir In The House’) epitomised the label’s new, forward thinking direction, arguably helping it regain its status as one of the leading house labels on the planet.

And since that day in the classroom, Noir’s success has been based on following his instincts and refusing to do the expected. Six months after ‘Around’, confounding expectations of a copycat, cash-in follow-up, his next track was the dark, deep, ‘Found Out’. It was greeted with a mixture of caution and bafflement by his new fans, but today its one of the tracks he gets requested the most. “When I play it now,” he says, “everybody sings along even though there's not big chorus like the one “Around” has got”

Still based in Aalborg, Noir is now firmly established in the first rank of house DJs with bookings all over the world. Last June he recorded his first Essential Mix for Radio One, and he’s just returned from the BPM festival in Mexico, where one of his original heroes, Kevin Saunderson, played at a Noir Music showcase. And while he continues to live that eight year old kid’s dream as a DJ/musician, next on the musical agenda is ‘Angel’, the first collaboration with Hayze in the three years since the completion of ‘Around’. An early Giorgio Moroder-style bassline, fused with a techno vibe and a heartfelt vocal from Hayze, it might well be an even bigger smash than ‘Around’. Not that Noir is too bothered. “I don’t have a strategy,” he insists. “I just have a passion for sharing the music that I love.” From the classroom, to the DJ booth, to the studio: so far it seems to be working.

Noir   Aalborg, Denmark

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  • Noir Recommends // Podcasts 24 tracks, 38.53.26 Noir on September 02, 2011 07:40

    1. 1. NOIR RECOMMENDS // Episode 24 2014 1.00.25 33677 plays
    2. 2. NOIR RECOMMENDS // Episode 23 2014 59.14 36972 plays
    3. 3. NOIR RECOMMENDS // Episode 22 2014 58.04 50017 plays
    4. 4. NOIR RECOMMENDS // Episode 21 2014 1.00.25 45545 plays
    5. 5. Noir Recommends // Episode 20 2013 1.49.32 68285 plays
    6. 6. Noir Recommends // Episode 19 2013 1.40.42 89261 plays
    7. 7. Noir Recommends // Episode 18 2013 1.59.13 66535 plays
    8. 8. Noir Essential Mix BBC Radio 1 2013 // Noir Recommends Episode 17 1.59.12 52542 plays
    9. 9. Noir Recommends // Episode 16 - 2013 1.36.24 91508 plays
    10. 10. Noir Recommends // Episode 15 - 2013 1.57.02 68360 plays
    11. 11. Noir Recommends // Episode 14 - 2012 1.52.12 73126 plays
    12. 12. Noir Recommends // Episode 13 - 2012 1.55.01 87111 plays
    13. 13. Noir Recommends // Episode 12 - 2012 1.59.49 66897 plays
    14. 14. Noir Recommends // May/June 2012 (episode 11) 2.02.08 69838 plays
    15. 15. Noir Recommends // Episode 10 - 2012 1.42.15 52992 plays
    16. 16. Noir Recommends // Episode 9 - 2012 1.28.48 29783 plays
    17. 17. Noir Recommends // Episode 8 - 2011 1.29.59 13495 plays
    18. 18. Noir Recommends // Episode 7 - 2011 1.47.13 5735 plays
    19. 19. Noir Recommends // Episode 6 - 2011 2.00.21 7474 plays
    20. 20. Noir Recommends // Episode 5 - 2011 1.35.00 3123 plays
    21. 21. Noir Recommends // Episode 4 - 2011 1.32.01 2502 plays
    22. 22. Noir Recommends // Episode 3 - 2010 1.30.03 2880 plays
    23. 23. Noir Recommends // Episode 2 - 2010 1.29.08 2245 plays
    24. 24. Noir Recommends // Episode 1 - 2010 1.29.02 2999 plays
  • Noir Traxx 37 tracks, 3.07.39 Noir on September 02, 2011 07:13

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    1. 1. Noir and Hayze - Angel (soundcloud snippet) by Noir 4.09 103948 plays
    2. 2. Noir, Lomez, Atnarko - Lost Again ft Symbol - Noir Music by Noir 3.44 43979 plays
    3. 3. Noir, Lomez, Atnarko - Lost Again ft Symbol (Raw Club Cut) by Noir 2.15 33548 plays
    4. 4. Noir & Richard Davis - Found Out (Original Mix) by Noir 4.13 104372 plays
    5. 5. Noir & Richard Davis - Found Out (Club Re-Rub) // 128kbit Snippet by Noir 4.57 19106 plays
    6. 6. Noir and Haze - Around (Solomun Vox) 128kbit - Noir Music by Noir 6.59 674654 plays
    7. 7. Noir - Africanism (Original Mix) - Neurotraxx Deluxe by Noir 5.27 31004 plays
    8. 8. Noir - Satisfied [Original Mix] - NM2 by Noir 5.50 36983 plays 125.0 BPM
    9. 9. Noir - Satisfied (House Vocal Mix) - NM2 by Noir 4.02 56704 plays
    10. 10. Noir & Chris Minus - Sleep No More (Original Mix) by Noir 7.16 14982 plays
    11. 11. Noir - We2 + Are1 - Noir Music by Noir 6.49 27367 plays
    12. 12. Noir - The Off-World (Original Mix) by Noir 5.04 5270 plays
    13. 13. Noir - Troya (Original Mix) by Noir 4.24 5551 plays
    14. 14. Noir & Sivesgaard - Vitek (Original Mix) by Noir 4.43 5651 plays
    15. 15. Noir & Dan Welton - The Black Sniper (Original Mix) by Noir 4.35 6138 plays
    16. 16. Noir & Martin Thompson - Stay (Original Mix) - NM2 by Noir 4.38 31949 plays
    17. 17. Noir & Westboy - She's Got My Heart (Original Mix) by Noir 4.22 9163 plays 125.0 BPM
    18. 18. N - Lucy In The Sky With Pearls - Exploited Black Jukebox by Noir 4.59 29836 plays
    19. 19. Noir and Richard Davis - Found Out (Deetron Sunshower Remix) - Noir Music // mp3 snippet by Noir 6.17 30884 plays
    20. 20. Noir & Richard - Found Out (Tiefschwarz Remixes) - Noir Music by Noir 8.14 20417 plays
    21. 21. Noir and Haze - Around (Extended Version) 128kbit - Noir Music by Noir 7.45 29187 plays 125.0 BPM
    22. 22. Noir & Haze - Around [Subb-an Remix] - Noir Music (128kbit) by Noir 7.21 60011 plays
    23. 23. Noir, Audiojack and Ruede Hagelstein - My Lover - Noir Music by Noir 4.06 18007 plays
    24. 24. Noir and Westboy - She's Got My Heart (Larse Remix) // mp3 snippet by Noir 4.01 20931 plays
    25. 25. Noir ft Alexander Perls - T.O.M.L. (Noir & Habischman Remix) // mp3 snippet by Noir 3.33 13748 plays
    26. 26. Noir & Atapy - Never Fade Back (Original Mix) - Get Physical by Noir 5.17 23203 plays
    27. 27. Noir & Martin Thompson - Gloryhunter (Original Mix) by Noir 4.32 8720 plays
    28. 28. Noir - Sunrise (incl. Thomas Schumacher Remix) - Monique Musique by Noir 5.50 12183 plays 126.0 BPM
    29. 29. Noir - Gangstarr (Original Mix) by Noir 2.50 11985 plays
    30. 30. Noir - Disco.Nnected (Original Mix) by Noir 4.19 6468 plays
    31. 31. Noir & Fraser Owen - &U by Noir 4.52 6600 plays
    32. 32. Noir & Mikel Curcio - LaMusica (Original Mix) by Noir 4.57 4767 plays
    33. 33. Noir - All About House Music (Peter Gelderblom Special Edit) by Noir 4.06 5397 plays
    34. 34. Noir - My Mtv (The Secret Weapon Edit) by Noir 5.22 4471 plays
    35. 35. Innakat (aka Noir) - Grab Somebody // TEASER (Release Date: March 4th on SUARA) by Noir 3.33 16830 plays
    36. 36. Noir & Hayze - Angel (Ripperton Mix) Noir Music - Out now by ripperton 8.28 35798 plays
    37. 37. Noir & Hayze - Angel (Hot Since 82 Vocal Remix) by Hot Since 82 3.30 187613 plays
  • Noir Remixes 15 tracks, 1.08.17 Noir on September 04, 2011 22:02

    1. 1. Djuma Soundsystem vs Shades Of Gray - Madness (Noir Remix) by Noir 3.51 22731 plays
    2. 2. Audiowhores ft Stee Downes - Facts (Noir's Raw Club Cut) by Noir 2.53 56560 plays
    3. 3. Copyright feat. Donae'O - My Desire (Noir D15 Remix) (Edit) by Defected Records 3.22 105505 plays
    4. 4. A Priori (Noir Remix) - Ruede Hagelstein & The Noblettes - Souvenir Music by Noir 4.22 45015 plays
    5. 5. Around The Bane (Noir Mashup Treatment) by Compact Grey 3.30 134377 plays 125.0 BPM
    6. 6. Phil Kieran and White Noise Sound - Never Believed (Noir Remix) - PK Recordings by Noir 4.12 39208 plays
    7. 7. For the love of Avantgardistisch (Noir Mashup Treatment) by Marc DePulse 3.45 34472 plays
    8. 8. Deep Future - One More Night (Noir Remix) - Noir Music by Noir 4.16 58720 plays
    9. 9. Hollis P Monroe ft Overnite - If You have A Doubt (Noir Remix) - Noir Music by Noir 5.35 17837 plays
    10. 10. Intruder ft Jei - Amame (Noir Remix) - Defected by Noir 4.16 71487 plays
    11. 11. Riva Starr ft Dj Sneak - In Da House Tonight (Noir Remix + Noir Dub) by Noir 7.10 45187 plays
    12. 12. Without Me (Noir & Martin Thompson Remix) - Tevo Howard & Tracey Thorne - Defected by Noir 4.44 37121 plays
    13. 13. Presence Of Another Man (Noir Remix) - Penner & Muder - Wazi Wazi by Noir 6.03 26093 plays
    14. 14. Keep On Touching Me (Noir Remix) - Jaimy & Kenny D - Nightbird by Noir 4.59 30032 plays
    15. 15. Deep Blue 2010 (Noir's Klimaks Remix) - D Dub - Noir Music by Noir 5.13 9448 plays
  • Noir Mixtapes 23 tracks, 27.42.06 Noir on September 02, 2011 07:07

    1. 1. FOUND004 - Noir (Dload in Description) by FOUND LDN 59.36 19330 plays
    2. 2. NOIR UNGABUNGA MIXTAPE by Noir 56.22 49828 plays
    3. 3. Noir - Deep House Amsterdam DGTL Podcast #004 by Deep House Amsterdam 1.01.10 89562 plays
    4. 4. Noir @ STRAF_WERK presents Noir Music Showcase 28.02.2014 by straf_werk 1.56.11 53748 plays
    5. 5. NOIR @ STRAF_WERK Festival - 11.08.2013 by straf_werk 2.00.23 36021 plays
    6. 6. Noir - Live from Booom!, Ibiza for Defected In The House - 27.07.13 by Defected Records 1.00.00 73949 plays
    7. 7. NOIR @ STRAF_WERK - Deep House Closing 30-12-12 by straf_werk 1.30.09 62404 plays
    8. 8. Noir Mixtape // Feb 2012 by Noir 1.00.03 42930 plays
    9. 9. Noir Potty Mouth Promo Mix by Noir 1.04.17 13778 plays
    10. 10. Noir's strictlyhouse Mixtape // Wilde Podcasts September 2011 by Noir 1.06.37 6450 plays
    11. 11. Noir Mixtape // September 2011 by Noir 1.00.41 7551 plays
    12. 12. Noir // the RAW tapes volume 1 by Noir 1.01.32 3924 plays
    13. 13. Noir DJ-Set from Sensation Copenhagen November 13th 2010 by Noir 1.06.58 4232 plays
    14. 14. Noir Dancetrippin Mixtape by Noir 59.30 7582 plays
    15. 15. Noir // Wilde Promotion Set 1 (House, Primetime) by Noir 1.05.44 2254 plays
    16. 16. Noir Diggin' Deep Mixtape by Noir 57.45 7285 plays
    17. 17. Noir Summer2010 Mixtape by Noir 1.01.20 5924 plays
    18. 18. Noir AprilMay2010 Mixtape by Noir 1.12.09 6370 plays
    19. 19. Noir March2010 Mixtape by Noir 1.00.28 4675 plays
    20. 20. Dark Stars Volume 4 // The Mixtape by Noir 1.19.58 3177 plays
    21. 21. Noir deeptech oct09 by Noir 1.17.46 5131 plays
    22. 22. Noir @ NOIR label night 2014 at Whoosah by WHOOSAH 2.05.19 59006 plays
    23. 23. Transitions 513 - Noir (2014-06-27) by EverybodyWantsToBeTheDJ 57.57 23374 plays
  • Noir Music (podcasts and releases) 26 tracks, 7.01.31 Noir on February 10, 2014 11:48

    1. 1. Dataworx & Nic Vetter - She Stared In Confusion [Noir] Preview by dataworxdigital 2.36 25295 plays
    2. 2. Raxon - Badcave (Original Mix) Noir Music [PREVIEW] by Raxon 2.48 20285 plays
    3. 3. We Work - Patrick Chardronnet Remix - Noir Music 2 - Snip by Marcus Sur 4.09 21294 plays
    4. 4. NOIR MUSIC MIXTAPE BY MARC DEPULSE (free download) by Marc DePulse 1.00.30 43063 plays
    5. 5. No Need To Worry Part 2 (Kölsch, Phil Kieran, FreakMe Remixes) - Noir Music by Noir 10.37 24106 plays
    6. 6. V/A - TRX ONE - NOIR MUSIC by Noir 10.06 20005 plays
    7. 7. V/A - RMX ONE - Noir Music by Noir 13.01 26995 plays
    8. 8. NOIR, LOMEZ, ATNARKO - LOST AGAIN ft SYMBOL (ALL MIXES) by Noir 10.44 22497 plays
    9. 9. Oliver Schories + Denis Horvat - Dual EP - Noir Music by Noir 11.00 23337 plays
    10. 10. Hot Since 82 - Hot Jams Volume 2 - Noir Music // OUT NOW! by Noir 7.57 21168 plays
    11. 11. Camea Noir Podcast February 2014 by camea 1.01.52 31959 plays
    12. 12. "Chaleo" (Original Mix)[Noir Music] by Denis Horvat 2.40 16163 plays
    13. 13. Crusade [Noir Music] by David Keno 4.29 25995 plays
    14. 14. FreakMe - Exual Groove (Snippet) by FreakMe 2.53 25143 plays
    15. 15. Marc DePulse ft. Hollis P Monroe & Overnite - No need to worry (FreakMe RMX) (Snippet) by FreakMe 2.56 32494 plays
    16. 16. "No need to worry" (Kölsch Remix / Noir Music) by Marc DePulse 3.39 68067 plays
    17. 17. Bimas - My Desire (Original Mix - Snippet) Noir Music by Bimas 1.51 15538 plays
    18. 18. Federico Locchi - Nebulosa (noir music) Snip by federico_locchi 4.08 17101 plays
    19. 19. V/A - TRX TWO - NOIR MUSIC by Noir 13.28 15047 plays
    20. 20. This Feeling (main mix snippet) by SneakySoundSystem 2.16 21686 plays
    21. 21. NOIR MUSIC Mixtape By RAXON [Free Download] by Raxon 1.55.49 25647 plays
    22. 22. THIS FEELING (Larse Club Re-Rub) by Larse 2.41 44208 plays
    23. 23. Larse & Sneaky Sound System - This Feeling (André Hommen Vocal Mix) - Noir Music (SNIPPET) by André Hommen 2.38 24305 plays
    24. 24. Mixtape for Noir Music:July 2014 by Kevin Over 55.31 9677 plays
    25. 25. NMW051 - Los Suruba - Spanish Pantalones - Simon Baker Main Mix by Simon Baker 5.12 6410 plays
    26. 26. Los Suruba - Spanish Pantalones - Simon Baker Deep Mix by Simon Baker 5.52 4395 plays

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