Noir: Playing Proper House

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Bitten by the EDM bug as a Danish youth and deeply influenced by Detroit’s techno godfathers, René Kristensen finally hit the DJ decks in 1996.

But it wasn’t until 2005 that Kristensen (aka Noir) broke through with his now-classic track, “All About House Music” (Wyze). It was shortly followed by a pair of chart-topping digital releases—“My MTV” (Toolroom) and “Africanism” (Neurotraxx Deluxe).

Then, in 2007, he launched Noir Music as an outlet for many of the underground’s more prolific producers (like Stimming, Tiefschwarz and Deetron). Noir struck clubland paydirt on that imprint in 2011 with “Around,” his collab with Haze that Pete Tong deemed Essential. Then, a Defected re-release of the track with Solomun’s hot vocal remix continued its run.

Now in 2013, he’s released his latest mix-comp, Defected Presents Noir In the House [Defected], so we caught up with the 37-year-old native of Aalborg, Denmark, to talk tech and DJing.

DJ Times: What was your approach to the Defected mix compilation?

Noir: I decided quite quickly that I wanted to make it a collection of tracks that I had been playing a lot for the last nine to 12 months. It’s not the obvious chart choices, but a collection of what really worked in the clubs for me, what I really enjoyed playing.