Apr 6, 2009
Boys Noize is the moniker of Alexander Ridha, a German electro-tech producer and DJ. It is also the name of Ridha's label, Boysnoize Records, which he set up in 2005.
Ridha was born in 1982 and grew up in Hamburg, Germany. Between the ages of six and fourteen, he practiced piano and drums. Once he reached fourteen he began to purchase records and produce music with software. At sixteen, he started to produce in a studio with a colleague who would later be known as D.I.M. He taught Ridha engineering over the next five years. When he became 21 years of age, Ridha moved to Berlin.
Under the name Boys Noize, he has released records on French label Kitsuné Music, Tiga's Turbo Records label, and on DJ Hell's International DeeJay Gigolo Records. He has also remixed tracks for Tiga, Para One, Feist, Kreeps and Depeche Mode, as well as popular remixes of British indie anthems "Banquet" by Bloc Party and "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" by Kaiser Chiefs. Boys Noize's tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, SebastiAn, 2 Many DJ's, Meaty Pan, Tiga and Justice.
Ridha has also released EPs under the names 909d1sco and Kid Alex. Boys Noize released his debut album "Oi Oi Oi" in September 2007. The first single from the album is titled "Don't Believe The Hype", and features two remixes by Surkin. Boys Noize's track entitled "& Down" has also been featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the Electro-choc and PLR radio station, and was also used as a sample for Estelle's single American Boy.
In a December 2008 interview with DISCODUST, Ridha stated he is "taking two months off at the beginning of the year to finish [his] new album"
Tech Editor David Eserin takes a refresher in music production online at Point Blank and diarises the events.
"After just three months of A-levels I dropped out of school to study Audio Engineering, but quickly discovered that building amplifiers from scratch wasn't helping my home productions sound any better, so I decided to set up a studio and teach myself. I made my fair share of tunes but was the stereotypical preset surfer.
"Starting the Point Blank course has left me kicking myself wishing I could go back in time and convince myself to do something as hands-on as this minimal techno course in Logic, rather than a cluttered academic yarn. This week I learned how to build an entire drum kit from scratch using synthesis, not samples - synthesis!
"The course is properly hands-on with stacks of easy to understand course material to guide me on my way and tutor Danny Lewis is on hand to answer my questions.
"I'm filled with inspiration and the course is also available in Ableton too."