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Noisia announce they are to split after 20 years

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After 20 years of being Noisia, the Dutch electronic music trio, are ready to become something new. The news broke late yesterday afternoon and has shocked fans across the globe. The D&B giants are still friends but are moving in different directions, creatively.

For the uninitiated, Drum & Bass is at the core of Noisia’s sound, but their instinctive brand of electronic music has always ventured further, and the trio have continuously pushed boundaries through their own music, via collaborations, the curation of the Noisia Invites events and their DJ shows.

The prolific trio plan a year of saying farewell by touring their DJ show, wrapping up the radio show and completing and releasing all of their unfinished music. Their intention is to wave goodbye to us at the end of 2020.

If you haven’t had the chance to see Noisia yet, then my advice would be, don’t delay any further, book those tickets as soon as they become available!

Here’s what the guys had to say:

We’ve all grown, as people and as musicians. For almost 20 years, all three of us wanted pretty much the same, but we’ve developed, and realized that nowadays we want different things. If we all wanted the same different things, it would make sense to do that as a different Noisia, but we want different different things.

That’s why we’ve decided that for us, and our listeners, it’s the most honorable and respectful choice to put an end to this chapter, and start the next one. 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.

We’ve tried to realign ourselves over the last 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.

Noisia is a game that we’ve completed. There’s very little left for us to explore together. Noisia is a beautifully consolidated shape. And we want to leave Noisia in that shape, rather than keep chiselling at it, with the risk of ruining it. A good artist should know when an artwork is finished.

What the future holds for us, we honestly don’t know. We still have our studios in the same space, and we will run into each other every day. We are still friends. We will still make music together in some shape or form.

We want to celebrate our 20th year and the past 20 years together with everyone who’s been involved and made it all possible. We want to go out with a blast and say goodbye to our fans properly, so that we can look back and say “it was an amazing era, and we finished it in style”. We want to do one last year of touring DJ shows, one last year of Noisia Radio, and finish and release the music that we’ve been working on together.

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.

We are very proud of what we’ve done. We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity we were given to share our music and vision with so many people, and we feel greatly indebted to all those who helped us along the way. We’re excited about making the last year as Noisia as memorable as we can, and we’re curious to see what will come after.

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