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Decibel Festival 2009: Shilo’s Showcase Suggestions

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by worldromper

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!


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)


  • 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)


Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

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.



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



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



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.

SHIFT Dubstep Droppin’ Seattle Selections Like RAINBOMBS

Posted in LISTEN TO THIS, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by worldromper

Dubstep fits well in the city of Seattle; the overcast and often dreary climate is the perfect partner for this bass-heavy genre and the grime of Seattle gives its dubstep a dirty edge that can’t wipe away even if you wanted it to.

Shift Recordings drops Seattle Selections today; this compilation album features many of the Pacific Northwest’s rising stars and fresh voices in electronic music including KJ Sawka, Lukki, Dubtek, Sublo, Kid Simple and much more.

Check the Dubstep Forum thread here and buy the album June 9th on Beatport, Digital Tunes, Juno UK or Addictech. And then get down.

Random Photo #13

Posted in Random Photos with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2009 by worldromper

kevinsawkarocksthatshitAin’t no drum and bass like LIVE drum and bass!

Seattle DNB legend KJ Sawka prepares to kill, with novaTRON, Forrest and live art from Burgundy in the background.

From the only show I’ve ever thrown: BASSNDRUMS

That shit kicked ASS, too.

BASSNDRUMS! Live Electronic Music & Art Show December 4 @ Heavens Nightclub

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by worldromper

What happens when we throw some madmen together with a bunch of electronic equipment, big speakers and live drums? Your brain explodes out your feet- sonic sorcery in the flesh and bones. There is no question: meet me on the dance floor.

Come out and join us for BASSNDRUMS, a unique night of live electronic music and visual art! Featuring beats from a variety of creators who bring you the future of sound, a pounding tribal drum circle to kick things off like humans have been doing for thousands of years, and live artists to bring you back to the present as they share their craft live with you. 

BassNDrums is part of the Seattle First Thursday Art Walk, held at Heavens Nightclub on Thursday, December 4. We throw this night so we can share with others the illuminating experience that occurs when you combine live electronic music and visual art. Come dance, come drink, come talk to your friends and feed the bubbling arts community in Seattle. 

For music we have a lineup of local music magicians to lay on beats on you that cannot be categorized!

The night starts off at 8PM with a drum circle; feel free to bring your drums and join in the pounding and put a little thunder in your soul or just let the unabated tribal rumble rumble rumble wash over you.

  • PRESSHA opens on the decks; expect a special DJ set from a special DJ. This versatile player might drop any number of genres but I am hoping for some drum and bass-heavy glitch-hop, OOah style. Bring your mullets and get your cock out; it’s time for the gem show.
  • NOVATRON is the straight slam captain of the entire known world and produces bass-drenched track after track from the Tron Box, a collection of apparati that would make normal humans convulse like electric weasels but in the hands of a wizard from another planet become nasty, filthy, dirty, ridiculous beats. TRON IS THE NEW BLACK, in case you didn’t know.
  • KJ SAWKA will be playing LIVE drum and bass on his styley customized drum kit; look closely and you will see that Kevin actually grows several extra sets of arms and legs to be able to produce some ridiculous drum and bass. Intense, growling, and meaty with a slice of superstardom, Sawka makes dance floors heave as we all try to grow extra appendages to flail about as well.

These guys have all recently been blowing up in Seattle. Get on the train.

And all night long we will have live artists doin’ their thang all over Heavens: Burgandy, Lynzie, Sam I Am, Ty Young, Larry Walk and more will be creating live as well as showing off pieces in many media from glass to acrylic to graphic design. Creation breeds creation; what kind of animals will result from this night?

Come find out.

If you have never done the Seattle First Thursday Art Walk, then you should. You can read about all about the monthly event here, but let me make it quick for you: for a couple of hours every first Thursday in Pioneer Square you can check out HEAPS of art in many different media by local artists out on the square, posted in galleries, or collected in giant multi-studios like the Western Building. You can enjoy room after room of free art as well as snacks, wine, and beer. Get your homies, do the art walk, and then roll over to Heavens Nightclub for music, friends, dancing, more alcohol, and BASSNDRUMS in your face!

BASSNDRUMS is presented by SweetMachines, a division of These Party Kids. Heavens Nightclub is located in Pioneer Square across from LSC and right by Fuel on the corner. 21+, $5.