To the unschooled outside observer, the lineup of Decibel Festival--Seattle's premiere celebration of electronic music and art (9/28-10/2 at various venues)--might initially look like an endless parade of anonymous DJs, each more bald, pale, and bespectacled than the last, until you eventually arrive at Moby himself. But entertaining as that stereotype is, it simply hasn't been true of Decibel for years--nor does it begin to hint at the genuinely unstuffy, burning-down-the-house party vibe of the five-day fest at its nightly peaks. To help make sense of a schedule that would require a Multiplicity's worth of clones to experience in its entirety, Seattle Weekly has solicited picks from this year's local participants.
Today, idiosyncratic house and techno producer Jon McMillion shares his recommendations for the festival.
McMillion: "Most excited about the Decibel Opening Night Gala, and for me it's all about seeing Uwe Schmidt (Atom TM) perform. This man, is literally the reason why i make computer-based music. I've been following his career for the last 15 years. To me he is one of the most important figures in electronic music. He's a hero, an inspiration, and I'm very honored to be apart of the showcase he's performing in. It's a must-see for people who want to see the cutting edge of computer-based music. For me he is the best of the best."
More after the jump . . .
"OPTICAL 2 : Grains of Sound--Ryoichi Kurokawa. Ryoichi's performances and installations have always received rave reviews. I'm very excited to finally see him perform live. I know I'm going to be blown away."
"The No Sleep till Brooklyn Showcase--Blondes. Since I first heard Blondes earlier this year, I wondered what a live set from them would be like. This year I get my chance. Really into their psychedelic take on dance music. Very fresh stuff. Can't wait."
"Flammable Showcase: DoP
Been wanting to see DoP play live for a long time. I've heard a lot of great things about their crazy live sets, so I'm pretty pumped to finally see them do their thing. Crazy guys from France who make some pretty wicked music. Plus we used to be label mates on Orac."
"Amon Tobin Isam. I want to believe the hype. I want to see this spectacle. Very excited."
Jon McMillion plays Decibel Festival Wednesday, 9/28, at the Decibel Opening Party at Re-Bar with Zomby, Atom TM, and 214. Full Decibel lineup and further info at http://www.dbfestival.com.