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Dutch electronic music trio, Noisia, have launched a new YouTube video series, ‘Behind Outer Edges’, that looks behind the scenes of their groundbreaking Outer Edges audiovisual show. Episode One is available now here, with a new episode released every fortnight (21/11, 5/12, 19/12). Fans can also subscribe via the band’s newsletter
A rare and personal look into life on the road with Noisia (aka Nik, Martijn, and Thijs), each episode of ‘Behind Outer Edges’ will focus on one member of the band, plus the extensive team who’ve helped bring the Outer Edges show to life, including the lighting engineer, production manager, visuals designer, the fashion designer behind the show outfits, and more. The series is a fascinating insight into one of electronic music’s most respected groups, and follows them as they tour across the world, from the launch of the audiovisual show in summer 2016, through to this summer’s festivals including Dour, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and beyond.
‘Behind Outer Edges: Episode 01’ focuses on Nik, looking at how he and the band sketched out the concept for Outer Edges and how this vision took shape (Nik oversaw all art direction, created detailed briefs for each track, chose the visual designers, and made a lot of the visuals himself). The film follows Nik from writing the music with the rest of Noisia, to him VJing on stage during the show, and the hardware he uses (including Resolume and Blade), giving a rare glimpse at the scale of planning, creativity and work that goes into producing one of the most impressive audiovisual shows in the world.
The ‘Outer Edges’ audio-visual show, featuring their biggest production to date, raised the bar for electronic music performances. After the launch at Czech Republic’s Let It Roll festival, Noisia headlined festivals including Sziget, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, and SW4, Tour highlights include selling out their ‘Outer Edges’ shows in London (Electric Brixton) and Amsterdam (Melkweg) months in advance, and a headline show at Rampage, the biggest indoor bass music event in the world (capacity 15,000). 2017’s incredible festival run included Glastonbury, Roskilde, Dour (where they closed the mainstage in front of 30,000 people), Nass Festival, Exit, Dreambeach, and many more. Many of these performances and tour moments will be featured in forthcoming episodes of ‘Behind Outer Edges’.
Noisia have had nothing short of an incredible 12 months. Last summer’s ‘Outer Edges’ album became one of the standout artist releases of 2016, earning them 3 awards at the Drum and Bass Arena Awards (Best Producer, Best Album with ‘Outer Edges’ & best video with ‘Mantra’), ‘Best Album’ at the UK Drum And Bass Awards, and contributed towards them receiving the Beatport award for ‘Best-Selling Drum & Bass Artist’.
While Noisia have transcended their genre and grown into a phenomenon in their own right, drum & bass is at the core of Noisia’s sound, but their visceral brand of electronic music has always ventured further, and the trio have continuously pushed boundaries through their own music and via collaborations with artists like Amon Tobin. This attitude extends outside of the studio and into the curation of the Noisia Invites events and their DJ shows, where they share stages with the likes of Skrillex, Andy C, and Chase & Status.