“I grew up in a small village in the South of France – no club, no culture.” explains Noyer, as we chat in the Parisian nightclub Sacré. This is the new name for the once iconic French nightclub Social Club, which was at the forefront of the late 2000s French electronic boom. It’s where Noyer cut his teeth as a DJ when he moved to Paris, warming up for stars like Para One and seeing Solange perform with DJ Mehdi. It’s also where he met Busy P, beginning a friendship that would see him drop numerous tracks on Ed Banger Records.
But as a child, his connection with music was far more limited. “The first time I saw electronic music was through music videos on late night TV,” he explains. “Super weird videos from the Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and more. I had absolutely no idea there was this kind of music you could hear in a club. I thought it was just a weird thing happening on TV. Later I found out it was to make people dance and I loved it.”
Noyer cites his key inspirations as Armand Van Helden, Cassius and Basement Jaxx, but inspiration is also unpredictable and fluid to him: it can come from anywhere. “Sometimes it's just a sentence, something in a movie, in a book, in an exhibition.” Most recently, he’s been inspired by London, the city he moved to last year.”
“I love Paris, but I found myself wondering: what’s next?” explains Noyer. “I need energy in my life: discovering a new city, new people, new scenes. And I’ve always been obsessed by UK acts in electronic music, like Chemical Bros, The Prodigy, and Fatboy Slim. London has been on the map since day one. You can kick a bin here and 10 amazing DJs and producers will pop out. It’s amazing to dive in the studio with them and create new sounds. It was definitely a good choice to move.”