DARKSIDE is the collaboration of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Duo will perform in Belgrade, at Kalemegdan fortress on the 24th of June. More information coming soon. Follow: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415477928708214/?fref=ts
Jaar and Harrington first met while they were both students at Brown University. Harrington was recommended to Jaar by frequent collaborator Will Epstein when he was looking for a third musician for his live band, with the three subsequently touring together to support Jaar’s 2011 album Space Is Only Noise. Darkside first formed during a Berlin stop on this tour. Jaar and Harrington were writing in their hotel room together when their converter plug popped, filling their room with smoke and forcing them to finish the song in the hallway on a laptop. Upon returning to New York, they continued to write together, developing their sound in their Brooklyn studio.
Their first release as Darkside, the three-song Darkside EP, was released on November 17, 2011 via Clown & Sunset. Jaar has described the project as blues-oriented and more guitar influenced than his previous work, stating in an interview with i-D magazine that Darkside is “the closest thing to rock & roll I’ve ever done.”
The act debuted their live show in December 2011 to a sold out crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg, stretching their three-song EP out to an hour long set. The duo released their second collaboration Random Access Memories Memories on June 21, 2013. The project, which was uploaded to a SoundCloud account under the pseudonym DaftSide, is a remix of Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories in its entirety. The remix album received positive reviews from critics and was described as “a dark, nearly industrial romp through a disjointed abandoned disco”. Pitchfork stated that the release was “a far greater work than standard remix albums” and praised the duo for their ability to balance originality and playfulness.
Darkside’s debut album Psychic was released on October 4, 2013.The album was recorded over the course of two years between Jaar’s home in New York City, Harrington’s family barn in Upstate New York, and a space in Paris where they would stay between tours. The band announced the album’s completion on August 20, 2013, with Jaar and Harrington inviting fans via Facebook and Twitter to listen to the album with them at a small venue on New York’s Lower East Side. The band had to do two listening sessions to accommodate all of the people who showed up.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.