Techno Punk Boys Noize Unleashes a Hammering Set at Peacock Festival

Dec 9, 2022

Luca Rizzello

2 min read

Berlin DJ, producer, and label owner Boys Noize transformed Parisian ravers into an unruly and unstoppable force at Peacock Festival. His high-octane techno set intensified as day turned to night at the festival's Park stage.

Created in 2013 during the French electronic scene's revival, The Peacock Society has rapidly grown to become one of France's most important electronic music festivals, attracting over 25,000 ravers to each edition.

Alex Ridha, aka Boys Noize, made his DJ debut at 15. He's since taken his passion for house and techno across the globe, with major shows at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and headline slots at Berghain, Fuji Rock in Japan, and Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival in the woods of Wisconsin.

Rolling Stone named Ridha as one of "The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth" in 2012, while Beatport crowned him "Best Electronic Act" three years in a row.

Ridha has created an uncompromising and enduring sound and vision as an artist and producer. Respected in the scene, banging from underground to mainstream, he's made a habit of breaking convention and surprising his listeners. He's remixed a vast array of artists like Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, David Lynch, Feist, and Nine Inch Nails. He's also collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Erol Alkan, and Jarvis Cocker. Ridha also worked on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Special," and the soundtrack for Oliver Stone's "Snowden," as well as group projects with piano extraordinaire Chilly Gonzales (Octave Minds), Skrillex (Dog Blood), and Mr. Oizo (Handbrakes).

In 2005, Ridha launched Boysnoize Records. Founded as a self-release platform that retains complete artistic freedom, the Berlin-based anarchist collective —and its sub-label, BNR Trax— became a home for multidirectional electronic music. The label is now responsible for more than 150 releases, including his albums Strictly Raw (2015), Out Of The Black (2012), Power (2009), Oi Oi Oi (2007), and Octave Minds (2014).

Experience one of Ridha's incredible sets in person at his future shows: FESTIVAL LE BON AIR 2023 in Marseille, MELT 2023 at Ferropolis, Defected Croatia in Tisno, and many more clubs and festivals worldwide.

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