INTERVIEW | Sinistarr Helps Say Goodbye on Noisia’s Nostalgia-Inducing Farewell Tour

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Legendary Dutch trio Noisia announced their breakup in September 2019, but due to lockdown, their Farewell Tour of that year came to a screeching halt. Once nightlife began opening up again around the globe, the group was able to finally continue saying their goodbyes, and we were lucky enough to catch the show at Brooklyn‘s beloved venue, Avant Gardner. Host of some of the biggest electronic events to date, there was no better setting for Noisia’s final New York City show.

The last leg of the US portion of Noisia’s Farewell Tour just ended. So if they came to your city, we hope you got the chance to see them. But if not, you’re in luck—Noisia revealed they’ll still be making festival rounds in 2022.

“We really don’t want to be *that band* milking their eternal ‘last tour’… But there were so many shows we were never able to do… So after much thought, we’ve decided to give ourselves and festival audiences one more chance to close it off like we always imagined we would!

So we’ll close things off with our last club shows this year as planned, and in summer 2022 we want to do one more festival run, to play the fesitvals which we were booked for but were cancelled in 2020/2021.”
Love, Team Noisia

Regardless if we get another shot at seeing them, we had the best time at their Brooklyn stop. Comparatively to other cities, this show had the most stacked lineup. Oni opened up, followed by Star Eyes, Doctor Jeep, Sinistarr, and Ivy Lab as direct support. The term “forward-thinking” is overused, but when it comes to this lineup, there’s no better way to describe it.

Before his set, we were able to chat with DnB icon, Sinistarr about being on the tour, his thoughts on New York City, and the volatility of dance music trends. He details how he got acquainted with the group, saying, “It’s great. I made a new friend in Thys, and he’s been super supportive. Like, even throughout the quarantine and everything, he gave me the opportunity to remix tracks and all that stuff. And yeah, now it’s been a blast. I’m definitely grateful to be able to play a couple of dates… So thanks Thys!”

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The Detroit-bred artist has been all around the world, but currently has his home base set in Denver. With all that globetrotting, we were curious about what his favorite city was… and why it was NYC. “I love New York’s energy. But I love Detroit. Detroit’s home. Like, I come here and like, it’s just, yeah, the vibe here is just so like, beautiful. Like so real.”

In New York’s sea of bass, house, and techno shows, old-school dubstep and DnB doesn’t always seem to resonate as well. But there has definitely been a surge in demand for these shows, and this one delivered exceptionally. Not a soul in the crowd was still.

“I think people want to actually hear dance music. The way dance music has grown and shaped itself over the past 10 years—this was only inevitable.” He adds, “I talked with so many of my music friends that have been working in the industry for decades and they’re pretty much like, ‘this has been a conversation we had years ago. This will come around.’ I think people want to hear new, exciting sounds and break away from the monotony of certain genres. So yeah, it’s nice.” The reason? Sinistarr guesses it’s because “the elitism is slowly fading away from drum and bass. People are making it because they enjoy making it.”