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Nick Kaelar, known under Varien (formerly Halo Nova), is an American composer and electronic music producer. He made his debut on Monstercat under his former alias Halo Nova in 2011 with his track "The Force".

His DAW of choice is FL Studio and he's listed as one of FL-Studio's power users by Image-Line, the company behind FL.[1]

He once retired the Varien alias and has deleted all of his social media. In early January 2018, he took up the alias once again and explained that the reason why he retired the alias in the first place was to finally get a break from music. When his alias returned the first song he published was Blood Hunter.

As of 2018, he started producing again but now under his own imprint, Kitsune Soundworks. This could mean that Varien is now independent, producing such songs as Claws, Digital Devil, and, Wrath of God (With Teri Miko and Flowsik).

Timeline

2011

July

August

October

December

2012

February

  • February 3, 2012: Varien released his debut Monstercat single, Mirrors, which was the second cataloged single on Monstercat. The song was featured on Monstercat 005 - Evolution along with Throne of Ravens.

March

June

August

November

December

2013

January

April

May

December

2014

May

June

  • June 23, 2014: Varien released the first song in his Valkyrie trilogy, Valkyrie I: Bloodshed (feat. Laura Brehm), more commonly referred to as "Valkyrie". The song, which was Brehm's sixth appearance on Monstercat, and Varien's tenth single on the label, was featured on Monstercat 018 - Frontier.

July

September

October

  • October 3, 2014: Varien released his twelfth single on Monstercat, and second part of their Valkyrie trilogy, Valkyrie II: Lacuna (feat. Cassandra Kay). The song, which was Kay's third and final Monstercat appearance, was featured on Monstercat 019 - Endeavour along with Aeon Metropolis.

December

2015

May

July

August

October

November

2016

May

October

Monstercat uploads

  1. The Force (as Halo Nova)
    • July 5, 2011
  2. Triceracops (as Halo Nova)
    • July 20, 2011
  3. Totally Radical (as Halo Nova)
    • August 30, 2011
  4. Cloak and Dagger
    • October 31, 2011
  5. Throne of Ravens
    • December 23, 2011
  6. Mirrors
    • February 3, 2012
  7. The Alchemist's Nightmare
    • March 16, 2012
  8. Seduction
    • June 1, 2012
  9. The Anthem (with Project 46 & Ephixa) (Music Video)
    • August 25, 2012
  10. Resurrection of the Dagger
    • August 31, 2012
  11. Morphine
    • November 9, 2012
  12. Lilith
    • December 24, 2012
  13. Nights In Bangalore Pt.2
    • January 16, 2013
  14. L'esprit Noir (The Spirit of Darkness) (feat. CoMa)
    • April 12, 2013
  15. Toothless Hawkins (And His Robot Jazz Band) (with Razihel)
    • May 15, 2013
  16. Melodies of Memories Past (Monstercat 2013 Orchestral Suite)
    • December 16, 2013
  17. The Scarlet Dawn
    • December 27, 2013
  18. Moonlight (with SirensCeol, feat. Aloma Steele)
    • May 16, 2014
  19. Valkyrie I: Bloodshed (feat. Laura Brehm)
    • June 23, 2014
  20. Gunmetal Black
    • July 21, 2014
  21. Mirai Sekai (with 7 Minutes Dead)
    • September 1, 2014
  22. Valkyrie II: Lacuna (feat. Cassandra Kay)
    • October 3, 2014
  23. Whispers in the Mist (feat. Aloma Steele)
    • December 19, 2014
  24. Aether and Light
    • May 15, 2015
  25. Supercell (feat. Veela) (Music Video)
    • July 22, 2015
  26. Hypnotique (feat. Charlotte Haining)
    • August 5, 2015
  27. Valkyrie III: Atonement (feat. Laura Brehm)
    • October 16, 2015
  28. We Are the Lights (with Mr FijiWiji)
    • November 20, 2015
  29. Sacred Woods (feat. Skyelle)
    • May 4, 2016
  30. My Prayers Have Become Ghosts
    • October 11, 2016
  31. TEVA833
    • October 31, 2016

References

Trivia

  • After he deleted his old twitter account, another person took the handle for themselves. Because of this, when Varien returned, he had to make a new Twitter account.
  • Varien also has another side project called Koinu.
  • Varien released a track for the Doki Doki Literature Club OST under his real name, Nick Kaelar.
  • Varien released an album under his real name called Into the Oblivion.
  • Varien has made music for various TV shows and video games.

Collaborated with

Artists featured


[ vte ] Varien (Discography)
Songs
July 5, 2011 The Force
July 20, 2011 Triceracops
August 30, 2011 Totally Radical
October 31, 2011 Cloak and Dagger
December 23, 2011 Throne of Ravens
February 3, 2012 Mirrors
March 16, 2012 The Alchemist's Nightmare
June 1, 2012 Seduction
August 25, 2012 The Anthem
August 31, 2012 Resurrection of the Dagger
November 9, 2012 Morphine
December 24, 2012 Lilith
January 16, 2013 Nights In Bangalore Pt.2
April 12, 2013 L'esprit Noir (The Spirit of Darkness)
May 15, 2013 Toothless Hawkins (And His Robot Jazz Band)
December 27, 2013 The Scarlet Dawn
May 16, 2014 Moonlight
June 23, 2014 Valkyrie I: Bloodshed
July 21, 2014 Gunmetal Black
September 1, 2014 Aeon MetropolisGoodnight_SequenceMirai SekaiNeo-SeoulNeo-Tokyo
October 3, 2014 Valkyrie II: Lacuna
December 19, 2014 Whispers in the Mist
May 15, 2015 Aether and Light
July 22, 2015 Supercell
August 5, 2015 The Ancient & ArcaneFireflyGhost SporesHypnotiqueKamisamaSnowlightTransmissions from Lemuria
October 16, 2015 Valkyrie III: Atonement
November 20, 2015 We Are the Lights
May 4, 2016 Sacred Woods
October 11, 2016 My Prayers Have Become Ghosts
October 31, 2016 Dawn Will Bring Us DeathHear, Smith of HeavensLest We Resign to OblivionThe Pink Killing FloorTEVA833
Extended Plays
September 1, 2014 Mirai Sekai EP
October 31, 2016 My Prayers Have Become Ghosts EP
Long Plays
August 5, 2015 The Ancient & Arcane
As Halo Nova


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Musicians
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