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Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: dB in duB Afterhours- DUB MUTANTS

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by worldromper

As the dub sound spread from Jamaica to the UK and on to the rest of the planet, the genre twisted and mutated into a loose and often dysfunctional family of subgenres, from dubstep to drum and bass to experimental IDM. In fact, all electronic music owes a loud shout-out to dub, from its focus on the bass to vocal sampling to the idea of stripping extraneous elements down to the minimal. Dub lives on in a thousand miscreant children, all of whom will continue to evolve, mutate, and produce offspring that will perhaps become genres in their own right.

Pinch

Pinch

At dB in duB Afterhours: duB Mutants we celebrate the family of freaks that has grown up influenced by the heady sounds of daddy dub. Straight outta Bristol comes Pinch, a passionate pioneer and influential tastemaker for the dubstep sound in the UK. He is known for fusing the genre’s heavy basslines with techy and melodic subtleties, as well as with reggae, dancehall and world music- this producer knows no bounds. DJ G landed on RinseFM with his first-ever 12” dubstep release, and his devotion

Moldy

Moldy

to the deeper, more soulful side of the genre is winning him widespread acclaim all over the world. Rolling in next from the frontline of dubstep is Moldy, the “Original Fungalist.” This mover and shaker is one of the most prominent US producers in the genre; his club nights, radio station and choice releases are making a massive impact on electronic arts culture, particularly on the

KJ Sawka

KJ Sawka

East Coast. Adding to the lineup is local Seattle favorite KJ Sawka, whose live drum and bass performances on acoustic drums set to electronic triggers make dance floors doubt their eyes, and move their feet.

Next door the lounge will be indulging the weird side of the dub family, with artists whose far-out approach to music makes them avant-garde oddballs in a family of freaks. ndCv experiments on sound, manipulating noises in the most nontraditional way and bumping them back disguised

Obelus

Obelus

and distorted. Evolving in front of you next is Obelus, who forms a link between traditional live performances and electronica to create musical conversations as laptop meets improv. Electrosect runs in with wild eyes from the left field; this enthusiastic promoter and unmatched supporter of the Seattle community uses his keen intuition to guide listeners into the deeper and more abstract realms of electronic music. Finally the family meets at the sonic intersection of dubby midtempo and hip hop textures with Snap’Krakl’Pop, three brothers whose found sounds and interesting approach to musical divergence just might be the next offspring of the dub revolution.

Like any family, the dub clan is full of freaks, ready to try out this world for themselves and to fly their flags high.  Go to dB in duB Afterhours to dance, to groove and to chill, but most of all- do it for the children. The mutant children.

dB in duB Afterhours takes place Friday, September 25 at Little Red Studio. Click here to buy tickets and for more information about the 2009 Decibel Festival.

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: BASS LOVERS UNITE

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by worldromper
Nosaj Thing

Nosaj Thing

Around the globe a distinct new sound is seeping from fissures in traditional music production, and the bass bubbling up from the bins is catching the brains of audiences from London to Los Angeles. This music with no name heralds a fresh and formative age in abstract beat culture and its influential adherents champion the experimental, the instrumental, the street bass, the chopped-up and the future-funk. With beats that defy gravity as well as locality, this “bass music” is quickly infecting listeners with its swung-out, jazzy interpretation of electronic hip hop. Step into the warm circle of tomorrow-music (don’t trip on the bassline) and dunk your head in the refreshing waters of exploratory sounds, all connected by a love of innovation and by the heavy-thick lines of thundering bass.

Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs

Bass Lovers Unite brings together some of the most significant producers and DJs of this new sound from a few of the world’s strongholds: Los Angeles, Montréal, and the UK. The music heard at this showcase will affect what mainstream pop fans will be listening to in five years; these artists are shaping the future of sound with every button they press, every show they play, and every new earhole they penetrate.

Daedelus

Daedelus

Out of LA’s fertile beat scene comes one of the city’s finest producers, Nosaj Thing. This young noise conductor has received global acclaim for his recent release Drift on Alpha Pup Records, and opens the night with his disjointed funk beats and seamless sound mastery. From BBC Radio 1’s Experimental show comes Mary Anne Hobbs; this DJ, music journalist and evangelist for the underground brings dark and radical flavors together and then shoves out the next-generation animal onto airwaves around the world. Daedelus delivers an eclectic electronic interpretation using the futuristic monome device; he creates tactile performance experiences and music that everyone from indie rock devotees to instrumental hip hop fans can get sweaty to. Representing the twisted

Mala

Mala

turbo crunk sound of Montréal is Megasoid, whose live sets of dirty club bangers and remixes of top-rated productions have no compunction about killing dance floors and have made Montréal into a legit scene for street bass music. Finally it is back to the UK and to the frontier of dubstep with Mala of Digital Mystikz. One of the genre’s most famous producers, Mala is a central figure of dubstep’s evolution and an early champion of its rougher, clubbier side.

Bass Lovers Unite promises to connect a fresh Seattle audience with artists from around the world who are pushing forward the slicing-edge of electronic music as the pioneers of Generation Bass. Hop in and put your seatbelt on: it is going to be a bumpy ride.

Bass Lovers Unite takes place Saturday, September 26 at Neumos. Click here to buy tickets and for more information about the 2009 Decibel Festival.

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by worldromper

If you like your afterhours dark, deep and dirty – slip on over to the Little Red Studio on Saturday night to wallow in beats so filthy they will stick to your skin for days, no matter how hard you scrub. Soap and water are no match for two rooms of talent, guaranteed to completely contaminate your Decibel Festival experience with a bass crunk-dunk of some of the freshest and finest sounds from the electronic arts underground.

Ana Sia

Ana Sia

The Main Room welcomes 3WS, the combination of San Francisco’s Ana Sia and Danny Corn, whose rough rumblings satisfy the body and the brain to simultaneously activate your limbs and uplift your mind. Mike Slott’s hip hop-influenced imagination and innovative future-funk wraps you in a dirty blanket of experimental movement, while Eprom kicks you in the face with fatty rawness – his slamming and crunchy twist on West Coast Sound is always a party favorite. Mimosa slides in next with sexy basslines and a thick psychedelic density, rolling deep like purple with a gang of dub-infused grooves.

Take

Take

The sounds will be smokin’ heavy in the lounge next door, where LA’s Take keeps the beats on a West Coast lean with his laid-back, acousmatic blend of hypnotic hip hop, otherworldly melodies, and space dust. Kotchy creates top-shelf pop reworkings with toes dipped in electro and hip hop; using live instruments he delivers sets as unpredictable as they are unique. Professor Steve Nalepa teaches us the true depth of dub and the grime of glitch from the beat blackboard, and J Roby of Portland’s Abstract Earth Project experiments with sounds that sooth you right onto the dance floor.

Come out and cloak yourself in delicious Dirty Velvet and realize how much fun getting filthy can be.

Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours takes place Saturday, September 26 at Little Red Studio. Click here to buy tickets and for more information about the 2009 Decibel Festival.

Decibel Festival 2008: A Review, A Reawakening Part 1 of 5

Posted in Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by worldromper

Last year in between four straight days of partying and boarding a Tuesday morning flight to Thailand, I somehow wrote a review of the epic, amazing time I had at Seattle’s Decibel Festival.

A party like no other, Decibel is a city festival held in the clubs, bars, parks and museums of Seattle, an event for the people, by the people. I will be reposting my review from last year along with photos and links, in five parts: Intro, Day 1, Day 2….you get it.

Decibel Festival 2009 takes place September 24-27 and you can check the lineup and buy tickets here.

INTRO:

WOW, WOW, WOW. What a weekend. What a swirling mess of art, what an epic adventure in electronica, what a bad-ass dance festival, what an fantastic experience to have shared with friends. I had one of the best weekends of my life, and yall know I have a hell of a lot of great weekends.

edIT & Boreta rock dB in the Park

edIT & Boreta rock dB in the Park

Seattle has just been injected with a reinvigorating shot of electronic adrenaline. I keep hearing the word “inspired” roll off the tongues of the many friends who came out. DJs are talking about taking their art in new directions and dancers got their groove back. All the local performers that I saw really threw down, bringing up their game and refusing to have anything but a killer time. The visiting artists I have spoken with since this weekend had a blast in our city as well and loved the Seattle crowds that showed up; it was really

Tricia Rocks the Dance Floor

Tricia Rocks the Dance Floor

neat for me to see all the different performers out and about checking out other artists and their work. The sound everywhere was excellent (why can’t we have this all the time?) and I discovered new music from around the world as well as from locals which has changed the way I see the world, as good art should. Score.

And I TOLD YOU dB in the Park with the Glitch Mob was going to be insane- and the freaks and robots definitely showed up! Thank you my friends!

Hanging out with Jahcoozi @ Neumos' Green Room

Hanging out with Jahcoozi @ Neumos' Green Room

It seems like I should be tired or hungover or something, but right now I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to go. Which is a good thing, since I leave for Thailand tomorrow morning- but before I leave, I want to share with you my impressions and adventures of the past weekend. I made it to nineteen showcases, one conference, and three unofficial afterhours, two official afterhours, hung out with Jahcoozi until 8AM, had fun messing around with Deadmau5’s head, ate crab wontons with edIT and Boreta, and I am still standing. And glowing. And ready for next year.

***to be continued! Stay tuned here for my review of Decibel Festival 2008 Days 1-4!***