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Decibel Festival 2009: Shilo’s Showcase Suggestions

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Due to popular demand I am writing up my showcase suggestions for the 2009 Decibel Festival which begins TOMORROW!

I have been pimping for this festival for a while; I believe strongly in the smart curation of the party. These lineups are not just thrown together, but rather placed with precision into intelligent mixes of eclectic talent. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I write for Decibel, and am honored to be a part of Seattle’s EDM festival.

I have bolded my top pick for each day, and added links in orange to the showcase descriptions that I wrote up.

Happy Decibel everybody!

THURSDAY 9/24:

FRIDAY 9/25:

  • dB DJ Lounge w/Produkt DJs (Goner, PrEssHa, Andrew Luck)
  • dB in duB Part 2: Dubstep Massive (Caspa, N-Type, Juakali, Boxcutter, much more)
  • Dirty Dancing International (Noah Pred, Rob Hood, Alex Under, The Wighnomy Brothers)
  • dB in duB Afterhours: Dub Mutants (DJ G, Pinch, Moldy, KJ Sawka, Dopelabs)
  • Innerflight Red Eye Afterhours (novaTRON, Nerd Revolt, Phil Western)

SATURDAY 9/26

  • Future Funk H20 – Boat Party (Pezzner, J-Sun, Packy, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail)
  • Bass Lovers Unite (Mala, Mary Anne Hobbs, Megasoid, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus)
  • Disko Cassé (Hookerz N Blow, CLP, Truckasaurus, Brodinski, Recess, MC Anton Bomb)
  • dB Afterhours: The Deep End Part 2 (Voodeux, Move D, Martyn)
  • Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours (Nalepa, Mimosa, Mike Slott, 3WS, Eprom, Skoi Sirius, Take, Kotchy)

SUNDAY 9/27

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Decibel Festival Conference 2009: “Dub Echoes” Film Screening and Q&A w/Mad Professor

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by worldromper

dB09FlierArtistsBesides mad parties and wild nights of dance mania, the 2009 Decibel Festival also delivers a learning experience in the form of panels and conferences, held at the Seattle Art Museum. From equipment workshops with Droid Behavior’s Drumcell to a panel on new media curation, days at Decibel are filled with heaps of free education. So learn yourself!

Find info on all the dB conferences here; the one I am most excited about kicks off the festival on Thursday, September 24 at 6PM and features the screening of the indie film “Dub Echoes, which traces the evolution of the dub sound from Jamaica to the UK and beyond. The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with none other than Mad Professor!

From the Decibel Festival website:

“Dub Echoes” is a documentary that traces the origins of the Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. The film shows how the Jamaican invention called dub ended up influencing much of the music we hear today, from electronic music to hip-hop, transforming the studio in a musical instrument and giving way to all sorts of sonic experiments. “Dub Echoes” was produced by a Brazilian crew, in Kingston (Jamaica), London (UK), NY, Washington, LA (US), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil). Key names, from both reggae and the electronic music world, talk about the birth of this genre, how it helped to change the way we perceive music and how it’s presence can still be felt today. Just follow the bass lines!

After the film, there will be a question and answer session moderated by Patty Schmidt, featuring UK dub innovator Mad Professor:

Mad Professor (Ariwa Sounds / Massive Attack collaborator): Mad Professor has championed traditional dub from his London studio for decades. Not only has he worked with reggae legends as well as famous artists outside the dub domain, but he has also been instrumental in transitioning the genre into the digital age and staking the UK’s premier claim on exposing dub to the world. Known for original productions as well as remix work, the prolific Mad Professor has had his hands in over 200 albums and an immense “old school” impact on modern breakbeat culture.

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: dB in duB Part 1: Past, Present and Future of duB

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by worldromper

Photo by Jikamajoja on FlickrMany beats ago on the island of Jamaica, reggae artists and producers started experimenting with B-sides of tracks, letting loose their more creative sides and removing the vocals, emphasizing the bass and drums, and inventing new sounds with heady reverb and echo effects. Sound design pioneers Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock and Lee “Scratch” Perry were the first in the world to regard the mixer as an instrument, renovating the original songs into rhythm-centric “dubs” whose rich, organic soundscapes gave new attention to negative space, multi-layered depth, and of course, the bass.

Now decades later, dub has profoundly affected the birth of hip hop and electronic music, and what started as a small sonic revolution of smooth island beats now has a widespread influence on production all over the world. “dB in duB Part 1: Past, Present and Future of duB” celebrates not only the creation of the dub genre and its subsequent exposure, but also its evolution through the years into multiple subgenres-  from garage, drum and bass, grime, trip hop, and dubby techno to the most recent dub darling, dubstep.

Mad ProfessorThe 2009 Decibel Festival kicks off near the beginning of the story of dub with trailblazer Mad Professor. A grand king of the genre, Mad Professor has championed traditional dub from his London studio for decades. Not only has he worked with reggae legends as well as famous artists outside the dub domain, but he has also been instrumental in transitioning the genre into the digital age and staking the UK’s premier claim on exposing dub to the world. Known for original productions as well as remix work, the prolific Mad Professor has had his hands in over 200 albums and an immense “old school” impact on modern breakbeat culture.

Benga photo by Derek DjonsStomping along next is one of the godfathers of dubstep, Benga, who hails from the UK like the rest of the sound’s procreators. Out of one record store (Big Apple Records), one club night, and one very talented group of friends, dubstep emerged from garage, 2-step, and grime to be propelled into an innovative genre of its own right. Music like Benga was creating at age fifteen is now taking the world by storm, most notably on the West Coast of the US where the thick wobble has grabbed the attention of electronic music fans from Seattle to San Diego.

Deepchord presents: Echospace represents the forefront of the newest hybrid, dub techno. Producing with only vintage analog equipment that gives its “life-force” to the music, the duo uses dense atmospheric elements that add an emotional charge to their loopy, minimal sound. Rounding out the showcase is local champion of the fresh and the eclectic, Kid Hops, whose two radio programs on KEXP have exposed listeners to new music from way-out reggae to funky, dubby drum and bass.

Dub is the sound of a warm welcome, with a roots-oriented vibe and soothing beats combined with synthesized sounds and electronic machinations from tomorrow. It is the perfect juxtaposition of the past and the future, and is best experienced in the present- and in front of a bass bin. The story of dub continues at Decibel Festival, and as we explore its echoes through several subgenres you may find that just as dub has taken up permanent residence in electronic music culture, it has done the same in your head. Dub is here to stay, and to move dance floors with a bassy bounce like only island music can.

dB in duB Part 1: Past, Present and Future of duB takes place Thursday, September 24 at Neumos. Click here for ticket sales and more information.