Alexander Ridha (born 22 August 1982), better known by his stage name Boys Noize, is a German electronic music producer and DJ.[16] It is similar to the name of Ridha's label, Boysnoize Records, which he established in 2005.[16] Ridha has remixed a number of other artist's work, including Snoop Dogg and Depeche Mode.[3]

Biography

Ridha started producing and DJing from an early age, including a period in which he supported Felix Da Housecat and DJ Hell under the alias of Kid Alex.[4] He's been anointed one of the "Top 10 DJ's Who Rule The World" by Rolling Stone, elected “Best Electronic Act” by Beatport 3 years in a row, and awarded with the Independent Music Award in 2010.[19] His music is known to merge various styles, with influences of hip-hop and disco roots as well as heavy noise and electro house sounds.[5]

Ridha released his early work on labels such as International Deejay Gigolos Records, Kitsuné Music and Turbo Recordings. He established Boysnoize Records in 2005.[20]

He remixed David Lynch, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg, Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers amongst many other well-known artists and became a producer of note, having worked with Kelis, UK rapper Kano, The Black Eyed Peas, and the South Korean band BIGBANG and has also collaborated with the New York band Scissor Sisters on their album "Only The Horses".

Chilly Gonzales' "Ivory Tower" is his first fully produced and co-written album, released in August 2010.

He has further collaborated with Erol Alkan: the first record "Death Suite" / "Waves" was released on Ridha's imprint BNR, followed by "Lemonade" / "Avalanche", which came out on Erol's label Phantasy Sound.

In October 2010, the first release of the newly launched sublabel BNR TRAX was presented.

In 2012, Boys Noize released his third studio album, Out of the Black.[21]

In 2012, Boys Noize formed a side project with Skrillex called Dog Blood which is in the Electro genre. Dog Blood performed at the 2013 Miami Ultra Music Festival.

Boysnoize Records celebrated its 100th release in 2013, with electronic dance heavyweights as The Chemical Brothers & Justice remixing BOYS NOIZE's "XTC" & "ICH R U".

In 2014, Boys Noize did the music composition for a German movie named Who Am I – No System Is Safe. Ridha also collaborated with Chilly Gonzales to form Octave Minds. The self-titled debut album was released on BNR with track premieres on Pitchfork Dazed & Confused and Fader. Besides the album features a track called "Tap Dance", which features Chance the Rapper & the Social Experiment.[22]

Boys Noize released his "Go Hard" EP in 2015, a #1 album release on Beatport. In August 2015 it was announced that Ridha had collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the track "The Time Machine" from the album Electronica.[22]

In 2016, Boys Noize released his fourth studio album, Mayday, which included collaborations with Benga, Remy Banks, Poliça, Hudson Mohawke, and Spank Rock.[23] He described it as "[his] signal against blind categorization and conformist synchronization", "a call for individuality and diversity", and "a tribute to outsiders".[24] It peaked at number 8 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[25]

Discography

Studio albums

YearTitleLabelPeak chart positions
BEL
(V)
[26]
BEL
(W)
[26]
FRA
[27]
SWI
[28]
US
Dance
US
Heat
[29]
2007Oi Oi OiBoysnoize
Records
6595
2008Oi Oi Oi (Remixed)
2009Power246214423
2011The Remixes 2004-2011
2012Out of the Black4949123902342
2015Strictly Raw Vol. 1
2016Mayday871288
2017Mayday Remixes, Pt. 1
Mayday Remixes, Pt. 2

Extended plays and singles

YearTitleLabel
2004The Bomb / Boy Neu (EP)International Deejay
Gigolo Records
2005Are You In? (EP)Datapunk
Erole Attack (EP)Turbo Records
Optic / He-Man (EP)Boysnoize Records
Volta 82 (Single)
2006Feel Good (TV=Off) (Single)Kitsuné Music
Kill the Kid (EP)Boysnoize Records
2007& Down (Single)
Don't Believe the Hype (Single)
Lava Lava (Single)
2009Starter
Jeffer Remixes
2010Transmission (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2)
Kontact Me Remixes
1010 / Yeah
Nott / Trooper
2011AdonisCocoon Recordings
Sessions Pt. 1Boysnoize Records
2012Adonis Remix (EP)Cocoon Recordings
XTCBoysnoize Records
What You Want
Ich R U
2013Go Hard
2014Out of the Black – The Remixes
Alarm
2016Starchild
2016Midnight
2016Euphoria
2016Overthrow

Collaborations

YearArtistsTitleLabel
2009Erol Alkan & Boys NoizeWaves / Death SuiteBoysnoize Records
Erol Alkan, Boys Noize & GonzalesWaves Remake
2010Boys Noize & Erol AlkanAvalanche / LemonadePhantasy Sound
2011Boys Noize & Erol Alkan feat. Jarvis CockerAvalanche (Terminal Velocity)
Boys Noize & Chilly GonzalesWorking TogetherGentle Threat
Boys Noize & HousemeisterShizzoBoysnoize Records
2012Erol Alkan & Boys NoizeRoland Rat / Brain Storm
Handbraekes (Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo)#1
Erol Alkan & Boys NoizeRoland Rat / Brain Storm Remixes
2013Dog Blood (Boys Noize & Skrillex)Middle FingerBoysnoize Records,
OWSLA
Middle Finger Pt. 2: The Remixes
2014Handbraekes (Boys Noize & Mr. Oizo)#2Boysnoize Records
Octave Minds (Boyz Noize & Chilly Gonzales)Octave Minds
2015Tiga & Boys Noize100Turbo Recordings
100 Remixes

Collaboration tracks

YearArtistsTitleLabelRelease
2010Feadz feat. Boys NoizeThe UltimateEd Banger RecordsThe T.U.F.F.
2012Boys Noize & BIGBANGFeelingYGEX, Avex TraxAlive (Japanese Edition)
2013G-Dragon feat. Zion.T & Boys NoizeI Like ItYG EntertainmentCoup d'Etat
2015Boys Noize & Yoon Mirae (윤미래)#Capture the CityBoysnoize Records#Capture the City - Single
2015Jean Michel Jarre & Boys NoizeThe Time MachineSony MusicElectronica
2016FEMM (produced by Boys Noize)L.C.S.FEMM'S AGENCY SYNDICATE, Avex GroupPow!/L.C.S.

Mix albums

  • Bugged Out! Presents Suck My Deck (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2008)
  • I Love Techno 2008 (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2008)
  • Radio Soulwax Mix (2009)
  • Mixmag Presents Electro Techno Thunder! (2009)
  • South West Four Clapham Festival Preview (2010)
  • FABRICLIVE 72: Boys Noize (2013)
  • BNR10YR Bang Mix (Mixed by Boys Noize) (2013)

Remixes

YearArtistTrackTitle
2004Kid Alex"My Way"Kid Alex Boys Noize Mix
Monster Magnet"Space Lord"Boys Noize - Monster Bootnet
Spillsbury"Was Wir Machen"Kid Alex Boys Noize Remix
2005Bloc Party"Banquet"Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Dub
Göpfrich & Gerlach"Auf Der Lauer Aua Aua"
John Starlight"Shadowbreaker"Boys Noize Remix No 1
Boys Noize Remix No 2
Kaiser Chiefs"Everyday I Love You Less and Less"
Kid Alex"My Conversation"
Lützenkirchen"Daily Disco"
2006Depeche Mode"Personal Jesus"Boys Noize Classic
Feist"My Moon My Man"Boys Noize Classic Mix
Foreign Islands"Fine Dining with the Future"
I-Robots"Frau"
Kreeps"All I Wanna Do Is Break Some Hearts"Boys Noize Remix No. 1
Boys Noize Remix No. 2
Living Things"Bom Bom Bom"Boys Noize Vox Remix
Boys Noize Great Dub
Para One"Dudun-Dun"
Riot In Belgium"The Acid Never Lies"Boyznoize 909 Remix
Shiny Toy Guns"Le Disko"Boys Noize Fire Mix
Boys Noize Fire Dub
Teenage Bad Girl"Cocotte"Boys Noize Rework
Tiga"Move My Body"
2007Alloy Mental"Alloy Mental"Boynoize Remix
Cut Copy"Lights & Music"Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix
Justice"Phantom Pt. II"Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Unreleased Turbine Remix
Marilyn Manson"Putting Holes in Happiness"
Snoop Dogg"Sexual Eruption"
2008A-Trak"Say Whoa"
Apparat"Arcadia"Boys Noize Reprise
Boys Noize"& Down"Siriusmo vs. Boys Noize Mix
C. J. Bolland"Horsepower"
Darmstadt"It Has Been Said"
Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk"Love Can't Turn Around"Boys Noize Started Like This Mix
Frankmusik"When You're Around"
Gonzales"Working Together"Boys Noize Vox Mix
Boys Noize Dub Mix
Housemeister"Inordertodance"
LOTP"Focker"Boys Noize Terror Re-Did
Maurice Joshua"This Is Acid"Boys Noize Re-work
Sébastien Tellier"L'amour et la Violence"Boys Noize Main Version
Boys Noize Euro Mix
Siriusmo"Mein Neues Fahrrad"Boys Noize Edit
The Faint"The Geeks Were Right"Boys Noize vs. D.I.M. Mix
2009Depeche Mode"Wrong"D.I.M. vs. Boys Noize Remix
Djedjotronic featuring Spoek"Dirty & Hard"Boys Noize's Jump If You're an Idiot Mix
Editors"You Don't Know Love"Boys Noize Classic Mix
Michael Jackson"Beat It"Boys Noize 2003 Bootleg Remix
Röyksopp"Happy Up Here"
The Black Eyed Peas"Boom Boom Pow"Let the Beat Rock (Boys Noize Remix featuring 50 Cent)
Let the Beat Rock (Boys Noize Megamix)
The Faint"Mirror Error"Das Glow Remix Boys Noize Edit
2010Charlotte Gainsbourg"Trick Pony"
David Lynch"Good Day Today"
N*E*R*D featuring Nelly Furtado"Hot-n-Fun"
Scissor Sisters"Invisible Light"
The Chemical Brothers"Swoon"Boyz Noize Summer Mix
Boyz Noize Summer Instrumental
2011Daft Punk"End of Line"
Housemeister"Music is Awesome"
Modeselektor featuring Nazizi & Abbas"Monkey Flip"
2012Spank Rock"Nasty"SCNTST Remix – Boys Noize Re-Did
Strip Steve"Astral Projection"Destructo Remix – Boys Noize Edit
Dave Clarke"Wisdom to the Wise"Boys Noize Wild Pitch Remix
Rammstein"Mein Herz brennt"
2013Brad Lamborghini - JOHN G"Kernkraft 7000"Boys Noize Edit
Chromeo"Sexy Socialite"
Donna Summer"Bad Girls"Boys Noize Club Mix
Kavinsky"ProtoVision"
Pet Shop Boys"Axis"
2014Atom™"Ich Bin Meine Maschine"
Danny Brown"Smokin & Drinkin"Boys Noize Smokin Mix
Depeche Mode"My Little Universe"
2017Justice"Randy"