Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: dB in the Park- DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS!
dB in the Park was one of the most talked-about showcases of last year’s festival, and this time we bring you another onslaught of feral beats and good times on the grass with a collection of wild animal DJs who have busted out of their cages of style, delivering sets that have no genre borders and no limits- only a little slobber around the edges.
Opening the daylight event is local legend Eddie, beloved by dance floors citywide for his ferocious enthusiasm and unmatched dynamism. Up next is Decibel favorite KiloWatts whose bass-heavy approach ranges from techno to broken beats to IDM, all supported by intelligent structures and a musical fluidity that makes humans move uncontrollably. The live electronic crew Sub Swara experiments with dub and brings it to life lightning-like, shaking under the bass weight and melting multiple genres together in a heady stew, all set off by the energetic style and organic voice of MC Juakali. Finally, from the world-renowned club night Low End Theory comes resident Gaslamp Killer, who has chewed through the bars and escaped LA to test your courage with his raw turntable skills, mad animal stage presence, and a menacing psy-funk freak-out style of demonic sludge spazz. Is that blood on his hands?
Free and all-ages, dB in the Park promises to once again unite a wide and colorful array of music lovers who come for the eclectic mish-mash of wild world electronica, from little girls with big purple hoola hoops and old-man ravers in orange wigs to neo-hippies dressed in feathers, leather, and butterfly wings. Attention all freakazoids and robots: please report to the dance floor.
Photos from last year’s dB in the Park by Tap Tap Productions.