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Noisia, an acclaimed drum'n'bass trio from the Netherlands, occasionally produce other styles as well, including breaks and house. Founded in 2002 in Groningen, the trio is comprised of producers Martijn van Sonderen, Nik Roos, and Thijs de Vlieger. They made their recording debut in 2003 with the Silicon/Tomahawk 12" release on Nerve Recordings. They proceeded to produce a flurry of releases for drum'n'bass labels including Moving Shadow, Ram Records, Virus Recordings, and Renegade Hardware, among many others. They also founded their own labels Vision Recordings and Division Recordings. In 2008 they released Fabriclive.40, their stylistically diverse entry in the long-running mix album series. The debut album Split the Atom would follow in 2010, while 2011 found them working on the soundtrack to the video game MotorStorm: Apocalypse.
Noisia, stylized as NOISIΛ ('VISION' rotated 180°), is an electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, Netherlands. They produce a wide variety of music including drum and bass, dubstep, breakbeat and house music. They own three record labels: Vision, Division and Invisible Recordings, and have released on several labels including Skrillex's OWSLA, deadmau5's mau5trap and Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Foreign Beggars have combined with Noisia to make the side project and supergroup I Am Legion. They released their collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013. Noisia also go by the name Nightwatch for some of their production credits, such as for their work with Alexis Jordan, Hadouken!, Wiley and Wretch 32. The group produce using Steinberg Cubase. They produced Hadouken!'s entire album For the Masses which charted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart."Game Music, Nightwatch & Loads of Releases". Noisia. 18 October 2010. "Zonderling, our techno alias, has seen a few more releases in the last years.". Noisia. 3 July 2014. Cite error: The named reference sony was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "iZotope Artist Interview - Noisia". iZotope. Retrieved 31 December 2013. "Noisia". Roc Nation. Retrieved 31 December 2013. "Noisia in the studio with Future Music". MusicRadar. 26 July 2013. IMO Records "Noisia Biography", IMO Records, London, 21 October 2011. Retrieved on 23 November 2011. "Hadouken Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
ContentsCareer1.1 2003–2006: Record deals and formation1.2 2007–2009: Commercial breakthrough and productions1.3 2010–present: Split the Atom and other ventures1.4 I Am Legion
2003–2006: Record deals and formation
After a few collaborations with Martijn, who had been involved in music (hip hop production/classical piano) for quite a while before he hooked up with Nik and Thijs, Martijn was added to the Noisia team. The first Noisia song that received interest from a label (Mayhem's Shadow Law Recordings) was found on a production message board. February 2003 saw the birth of the recording that was going to be the first Noisia release; "Tomahawk" by Noisia & Mayhem on Paul Reset's Nerve Recordings imprint. "Silicon" / "Tomahawk" was released in August 2003. For a time between 2005 and 2009, Noisia also released tracks as Drifter, encompassing liquid funk, as well as releasing an EP under the name Hustle Athletics on Love Break Recordings. They later decided to go back to releasing all their music under the name Noisia so as to not confuse the audience and to avoid being pigeonholed into different genres with different names.
Noisia have released music on major drum & bass labels such as TeeBee's Subtitles, Goldie's Metalheadz, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow, RAM Records, Virus Recordings and Renegade Hardware. The Dutch collective has also received extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1. Eventually Robbie Williams showed interest in working with Noisia, asking them to remix his cover of Manu Chao's "Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'aime Plus", which they turned into a house track released on the major record label EMI. The Noisia remix of Moby's "Alice" has also been released to critical acclaim.
2007–2009: Commercial breakthrough and productions
Early 2007 saw the release of Tasha Baxter's Colour of Me, an album entirely produced by Noisia. They met Baxter and bandmate Andre Scheepers on the internet, and the two-member band was signed to EMI South Africa. It took more than a year to complete the project, the end product being a pop-orientated album influenced by reggae and drum and bass. In June 2008, they released FabricLive.40, a mix CD on the Fabric label that includes many of their own tracks. Noisia completed a remix of "Omen" for The Prodigy to accompany its release in February 2009. In summer 2009, Noisia produced Hadouken!'s second album For the Masses, released in 2010 which entered the UK Albums Chart at number 19. They have also officially remixed Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites", as well as deadmau5's "Raise Your Weapon".
2010–present: Split the Atom and other venturesMain article: Split the Atom
Noisia's debut studio album Split the Atom was released on 5 April 2010. The first single from the album, "Machine Gun", was released on 8 March 2010. The second single from the album, "Split the Atom", was released on 25 July 2010. On 27 February 2012, Noisia released a special edition of their album Split the Atom on deadmau5's acclaimed label mau5trap, alongside 2012 remixes from the likes of Munchi, Kill the Noise and Loadstar. In later 2012, Noisia also remixed Mark Knight's track, "Nothing Matters", and also "Smack My Bitch Up" for The Prodigy for the re-release of The Fat of the Land.
Noisia have also written music for short films as well as various video games, including Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, Wipeout Pulse, Wipeout HD, and Wipeout HD Fury. They also produced "The Tide", which was featured on Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 and "Stigma" was used in the intro of Gran Turismo PSP. Their song "Groundhog" was featured twice in DJ Hero, first as a mashup with Motörhead's "Ace of Spades '08" then later as a beat juggle by the Scratch Perverts. A remixed version of "Groundhog" can also be found in the soundtrack of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. The group also collaborated with Klaus Badelt to provide a series of remixes for the MotorStorm: Apocalypse soundtrack. The 16bit remix of "Machine Gun" was featured in the "Stranded" Trailer for the video game Far Cry 3, and "Could This Be" and "Machine Gun" were used on SSX. Noisia worked alongside Ninja Theory and produced over three hours worth of music for them and their DmC: Devil May Cry reboot; the 36-track soundtrack was released through Division on 15 January 2013.
Noisia own three record labels: Vision Recordings is intended for their drum and bass work, including collaborations with other producers in the genre, such as Teebee, Mayhem, or MC Verse. Vision's sister label Division Recordings is an outlet for their output in other genres such as house and grime. Invisible Recordings was launched in March 2010 and focuses on experimental drum and bass.
I Am LegionMain article: I Am Legion (album)
I Am Legion is a supergroup formed by Noisia and the British hip hop group Foreign Beggars. They released their eponymous debut album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013, following the singles "Make Those Move" and "Choosing For You"."The Quite Side of Noisia". MTV Iggy. June 2012. "fabriclive.40 NOISIΛ". fabric. Retrieved 20 September 2009. Cite error: The named reference occ was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "Noisia Debut Album Release Date Confirmed". Knowledge Mag. January 2010. "Noisia - "Split The Atom" (Special Edition)". Earmilk. 29 February 2012. "Artist Interview: Noisia on the DmC: Devil May Cry Soundtrack". Sony Music Entertainment. 8 February 2013. Cite error: The named reference roc was invoked but never defined (see the help page). "I Am Legion - I Am Legion - Reviews". Clash Magazine. 30 September 2013. "I Am Legion Bounce to a Dark Beat in 'Choosing for You' - Premiere - Video". Rolling Stone. 16 August 2013.