Alright! Decibel Festival 2010 was truly incredible. High fives all around to festival founder and curator Sean Horton and his able staff for coming thru with this world class event. I had an amazing time and we here at Bubblin are honored to have gotten to contribute to the proceedings.
There was an absurd amount great music and visual art to take in, so much so that I missed lots of performers that I would’ve loved to have seen: all the Optical Showcases (Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Murcof, Robert Henke, Noveller, Tycho, TIm Hecker), the Trust Showcase (Trus’Me, Sun Tzu Sound, Kid Hops, Mr Leisure), the Planet Mu Showcase (Starkey, Ikonika, Falty DL, Ill Cosby), all the Afterhours parties (Theo Parrish, Soul Clap, Dinky, Derek Plaslaiko, Dinky, Catz n Dogz, Lawn Chair Generals, Pezzner), Made Like A Tree Showcase (Struggle, Energy Flash, Disco Nihilist), Fwd Thinking Organisms Showcase (Tim Green, Sappho, The Perfect Cyn, Tanner Ross), DB in the Park Sunday (Praveen, Plastician, Mary Anne Hobbs, 12th Planet), plus even more (Scuba, Seplacure, Machinedrum, 214, Recess, Menami, Ctrl Alt Dlt, Low Limit, Beats Antique, Dibiase, Drumcell, XI, and on)! The artists that I missed at Decibel would’ve made for a totally awesome festival on their own. And I still took in five amazing days of otherworldly, fantastic music. Really, Decibel was beyond beyond this year. And what set it all off properly was the people who attended – everyone seemed so happy to be there, it was like Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa in September for EDM lovers. It meant alot to me to get to experience all of this amazing art with so many great people, from new friends to old friends to sweet strangers.
Wed Sept 22, 2010 Opening Night:
Had a super tasty dinner at Marjorie on Union with the homie Aron Schoppert (who runs Peloton Records with Shane Silkey and Eli Huntington – watch for a Stewart Walker release with Lusine and The Sight Below remixes – soon come!). This dope Donna Summer loop was playing in the bathroom at Marjorie restaurant:
Then dipped over to the Opening Gala at Pravda Studio where Kris Moon (Missoula – Ear Candy/Laptop Battle) was playing beautiful records….
Then to the packed Ghostly Intl. Showcase at Nuemo’s, where Gold Panda (UK) played a wildly up and down set.
GP was followed by Seattle MVP (Most Valuable Producer) Lusine, who offered up a gorgeous and well paced set that was beautifully complimented by Tracer Visuals’ live video
Dipped to the DNB Showcase at Baltic Room to catch Klute (UK – Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz) drop some seeerious biz.
Then closed the night out with Pantha Du Prince back at the Ghostly Showcase, caught the lovely last half of his set.
Thursday, Sept. 23 2010
2nd night in, was a doozer. Started off at FlyLo and Friends Showcase at Nuemo’s to catch the 206 hardware dons Truckasaurus. These fine fellows have developed into a full on juggernaut over the last 7 or so years. Their live show has become an amazing kaeidoscope for the eyes and ears. Peep the vid…
Then on to the Baltic Room for PDX homies LoDubs Showcase featuring the North American debut of Clubroot, who laid down a deep, dynamic, and super danceable set, moving thru spacious 2 step swings to low slung dub killers.
Next was the Simply Shameless Showcase up at Chop Suey. Shameless crew has held it down for 7 years straight at Decibel and consistently throws some of the best events on the West Coast. Shameless mainstays Levi Clark and Adlib were holdin forth in the lounge with some swinging techno…
Dan Bell headlined in the main room and laced it up tight with a masterfully smooth set of warm minimal tech and house, and that’s how I went out for the night…
Friday, September 24, 2010
I spent the entire evening at the RBMA On The Floor Showcase at Neumo’s. It was fantastic, even tho I missed Shlomo and Teebs who were the first two acts.
I did make it in time for Headhunter, tho, and dude murked it. Was one heckuva live set, moving thru electro, techno, wot u call it, juke, funky, dubstep…
Then Mount Kimbie, whose set was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties. What they did get in was beautiful tho..
And then the mighty mighty Modeselektor did their incomparable thing… sorry tho, I didn’t get their lip syncing Antony & Bjork’s duet Fletta, was so moving I forgot to video it.
Saturday September 25 2010
Went to DB in the Park on that beautiful Saturday, caught Nosaj Thing, some of Satori Social, and NastyNasty.
Later on that night was the Hotflush Showcase, which was unfortunately marred by a blown sound system, the only real bummer of the entire weekend for me, as Scuba, Untold, and Sepalcure were at the top of my to see list. Here’s some video if Untold doin his thing, still sounds pretty good….
After a bit of hoping the sound would improve, I cut my losses and dipped to the D25 Showcase at Neumo’s. In fairness, folks I heard from who stayed said Scuba still managed to make his trax sound good despite the hamstrung sound. However, Kevin Saunderson straight up SMASHED IT. YOU CAN’T FRONT ON THE REAL TECHNO. I’m saying, anybody who tries to talk smack DOESN’T REALLY KNOW.
Sunday September 26 2010
And then Sunday was our Bubblin Showcase at Sole Repair Shop with Kyle Hall. I was amazed by this 19 year old fellow, already a super impressive DJ and Producer, traveling the world, running his own label, havin his ducks in a row for real. He’s even got remixes for Carl Craig and Dennis Ferrer coming out. Totally killing it and living the dream at 19! Yung Kyle came thru and really turned it out that night. It boggles the mind to think of what he’s gonna be doing by the time he’s 30. Dude seems to really have his mind right!
Whoa, what a time Decibel Festival was! A week and a half later and I’m still pleasantly buzzing from it. And very much looking forward to next year’s. From Decibel Festival, with Love!