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, Jason Justice of soulful Seattle house collective Suntzu Sound takes us through his recommendations for this year's fest:
"Amon Tobin: Isam--Everyone's talking about how his new live show is taking things to the 'next level.' If the YouTube clips are even a fraction of how badass this is, then they'll be right. If you could only go to one set, it would be this."
"Chateau Flight and I:Cube--These Parisian producers have been a mainstay in my record crates since the late '90s. I never thought I'd get to hear either of them play, let alone both in one night. Neumos is definitely the place to be on Saturday night."
More after the jump . . .
"dOp--Again, if the insanity of their live sets is like what I've seen online, then watch out. The singer is like the David Yow of house music, stripping down to his birthday suit and causing mayhem on the stage. Re-bar is the perfect spot for this freak-show of house beats."
"TRUST Showcase--I'm so honored to have Hanssen's debut live set as part of our showcase. Kyle Hall was my favorite performer last year. I knew nothing about him, and he blew me away. He's probably still not 21, but I'm excited to share the DJ booth with him. I just have to remember to not step on his stocking feet. Dude DJs like he's at home in his bedroom. Love it!"
Suntzu play Decibel Festival Friday at 9 p.m. at the Baltic Room for the TRUST Showcase, with Kyle Hall, Hanssen, and Kid Hops. Full Decibel line-up and further info at http://www.dbfestival.com.