There are breakups in this world that hurt really bad. And we have just gotten hit with one of them.

Noisia, the Dutch musical trio of Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger, are breaking up. The group, who have been together for 20 years, announced in an interview with Billboard as well as on Twitter that the group was disbanding.

The group met at graffiti lovers in the Netherlands and became big in the electronic scene, spanning different genres, including house, electro, and dubstep. According to the group, they began wanting different things after two decades. In their interview with Billboard, they said,

It surely wasn’t easy. So after 20 years of development and growth, we found ourselves wanting different things in music. Trying to reconcile these three individual developments into one consistent entity became too much of a compromise. For the longest time, we could each sufficiently express what we wanted in our music, but that gradually became more and more of a struggle. Instead of choosing one direction, we preferred to choose three directions.

The breakup is one that has a positive note to it, however. There seems to be no animosity, just an mutual parting of ways. In addition to that, it does not mean that this is the end of any future they may musically create:

We’re still friends. We have studios in the same space. We run companies together. We will still make music together. We still have projects together, and we would like to collaborate with each other more on other projects — just not as Noisia. With everything that Noisia has become over the years, we want to keep that history of Noisia intact, as we turn the page to the next chapter.

They will be continuing on to collaborative and solo projects, which we will be sure to look out for. Before the end though, Noisia is giving us one last gift: they will be touring until the end of 2020 and releasing new music. They will be “visiting all of their favorite places one last time.” They will give all of us a proper goodbye.

Read their full interview with Billboard here, and the Twitter announcement below:


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