A beautiful mind: Electronic music wonderboy Nicolas Jaar takes his blissed-out house runnings to RBMA’s Boiler Room takeover in NYC.
Nicolas Jaar was born in New York, but mostly raised in Santiago De Chile. He started producing aged 14 – part of the impetus coming from his father giving him Ricardo Villalobos’ Thé Au Harem D’Archimède as a present. He was 17 when he released his first record on Wolf + Lamb. Following his early singles, his development turned into a whirlwind of changes, first culminating in his debut album Space Is Only Noise on Circus Company. Embedded in the techno-influenced sounds were vocal melodies that took from the most elegant bits of house music history, with tempo ranges just below what you’d expect on a dance floor. He started to get serious about combining his influences from Villalobos to Mulatu Astatke, oscillating between the analog and the digital. He didn’t stop there, though, first crafting a live show built around keyboards, synths and his own singing before pulling a live band together, adding drums, saxophone, guitar and further keys and electronics to the mix. Together with multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, Jaar formed psych-noir duo Darkside, whose ethereal LP Psychic they followed with an entire remix album of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (which they released as Daftside). After their breakup in 2013, Jaar continued solo, releasing his stirring alternate soundtrack to the 1969 avant-garde film Pomegranates, along with his three-part Nymphs EP series.