Nicolas Jaar, also called Nic Jaar, is an American-Chilean musician. He studied comparative literature at Brown University, Rhode Island. Jaar is also the owner and founder of his own record label and art house Clown & Sunset.
Jaar was born in New York on January 10, 1990 to Alfredo Jaar and Evelyne Maynard and moved to his fathers native Chile when he was two. He and his family lived there for six years before moving back to New York. Jaar met Soul Keita and Nikita Quasim on a school trip through the Sonora desert in Mexico. The three bonded over music and began swapping beats and projects online. In 2009, Jaar started Clown & Sunset as a way to legitimize their music.
Jaars music is ruminative and emotional (he calls it blue-wave), drawing inspiration from fellow-Chilean Ricardo Villalobos and minimal techno. Most of Jaars compositions reside at 100 BPM or lower, far lower than the techno/house standards of 120-130 BPM. Im going to keep taking the beats even slower, he says in an interview with Resident Advisor, More unintentional things happen between the beats. He released his debut album, Space Is Only Noise in January 2011 to critical acclaim, receiving a score of 8.4 and the title of Best New Music from Pitchfork and four stars from The Guardian. It was ranked #1 album of the year by Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Crack Mag, #2 by DJ Mag and #20 by Pitchfork. His track "Don't Break My Love" also received the title of "Best New Music" by Pitchfork in late 2011. Jaar toured the album with a full band, combining sounds from his laptop with a guitarist, drummer, and saxophonist. Resident Advisor gave them the #1 spot in their "Top Live Act 2012" list.
On May 18, 2012 Nicolas Jaar made his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut, which was voted 'Radio 1's Essential Mix Of The Year 2012'.