Now I’m in a place,” says Rene ‘Noir’ Kristensen, “where I want to make club music again”. That place is built on the sense of achievement and pride that came with the release of his brilliant self titled debut artist album in March 2015. Producing it involved Noir ‘locking himself up in the studio to get what was inside of him out of my system’ he says, and this process also involved reconnecting with those artists that have been written into his DNA throughout his life.
At 7 years old, when his schoolclass was asked to bring in a tape of their favourite music, René first demonstrated his gift for the unexpected. “All the other kids were bringing in children’s music,” he remembers, “I played Kraftwerk!” At age 10-12 he was listening to UK radio stations playing the first wave of acid house, and by 13, like so many European teens, he was a Depeche Mode diehard. A gifted teenage football player, he had offers from some big local teams, but says he “knew really early that he wanted to create music and express himself.” It was a club called Rendez Vous that gave him his chance aged 17. “I told the owner that I would only do it if I could buy all the music for the club and decide the music style.” Soon he was playing three nights a week. As the upper floor DJ, playing “50% house, 50% R&B and hip hop” to the notoriously late arriving, early leaving Danish club crowd. Listen to the album and you can hear echoes of all these influences, from Dave Gahan and co. to Timbaland.