Crisp sounds displayed, tweaked, collaged, and delectably consumed, stretch our ears to a vast hungering palette. Vibrations lead to the tingling mind’s inevitable response, guiding the body through its purity of sound. Hums and hisses are overshadowed by the DJ’s track. Lasers lights dance over the vast sweating fans. The floor is a rhythmic sea of flesh. Dance steps balanced by the DJ’s meticulous craft, as a wave of bodies succumbs to her vibrant enchanting mix, blending together as fans dance the night away.
“I discovered the artist in me on the dance floor…”
Nicole Moudaber, a world renowned DJ, holds true to the belief that the power of music brings us together as one. The beat of a drum, the very first instrument created by humans, remains at the heart of the music she creates and plays, while the diversity of her tastes, and her ability to create spellbinding club experiences, promote harmony on the dance floor.
Nicole moved to London in 2000 where she quickly integrated herself into the city’s club scene, becoming a promoter at Turnmills, holding her own party called ‘Soundworx’, which she started in Beirut. Her unrelenting desire to unite people through music couldn’t have been demonstrated more explicitly than her first party in Beirut. After the war in 1996 her “Trashy Renaissance” party was the first rave event of its kind and prompted her to bring out international DJs, including Paul Van Dyk and Anthony Pappa for the first time to the Middle East. Moudaber describes her first party as: “I threw it in the middle of Beirut city in the vicinity of a mosque and a cathedral, it was meant to defy the notion of hatred and prove we can do it together (the new generation) through music.”
The next step was to express her passion for music through production as she attended world-renowned music school Point Blank to learn the basics. From that point, she remixed Carl Cox ‘Chemistry’, which stayed in the techno charts on Beatport for three months and won her an IDMA Award in 2012. Carl Cox tipped off DJ Mag in 2009, calling her “the most underrated DJ.”
In the years since that record hit the charts, Nicole’s career trajectory has been swift and steep. She has travelled the globe playing everywhere from intimate basement venues to large stages at festivals such as Exit, Glastonbury, WMC, Time Warp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Awakenings and many of the world’s most renowned electronic music spaces. She also curates her own MoodRAW events, taking clubbing back to those grimy, raw spaces where it first started, as well as the more intimate In The MOOD parties, which have included annual sold out showcases at WMC in Miami and BPM in Mexico.
She is a regular at Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution night in Ibiza, as well as being welcomed into the Circoloco family at the seminal DC10. Her performances are full of passion and drama, cultivating musical journeys designed to reach her audience on a deeper level and make each individual’s experience a memorable one.
Away from the touring Nicole has established her label, Mood Records, as a go-to platform for any self-respecting techno fan. Releases have come from a long list of techno heroes, including Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen, Joel Mull and Carlo Lio. Remix work and originals have all cemented her reputation for high quality production, which is clearly evident on her collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie.
In the MOOD, a radio show, which is produced by the same team who work on shows with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer, airs on 55 FM stations worldwide and is available on Mixcloud every Wednesday, spreading her sound to millions of listeners around the globe.
Nicole Moudaber has become a contemporary icon. From her long, dark curly locks to her slamming techno sets and her intense, empowering performances, she truly stands in a class all of her own.
Moudaber is listed as a Resident Advisor Top 1000 artist. In 2015, she was ranked as the 100th best DJ in the world by the Resident Advisor top DJs poll.
She stands there above the crowds comprehending the subtlety of sound. Only a good DJ knows when to hold the beat and when to let go. Her mixes are not just music, they’re a vibe and when that bass drops, we come alive. With the synth and the snare, we are all transported into her world. Our minds are in her hands. Our bodies are slave to her beats demands. This is our one true escape and it’s entwined with her soul’s beating flow.