Sunday, September 28 2014
Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul has long been enamored with artistic expression, the creation of music, and the technology that fuses it all together, much to the benefit and evolution of the world of electronic music and the underground culture that surrounds it. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. In 2014, Sean was named #43 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM”: http://rol.st/1fHxj3D
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year. Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries. Outside of the annual festival program, Decibel Events producers over 60 events per year, ranging from intimate club performances to massive international festival stages.
Beyond his work with Decibel, Sean is an expert deejay, producer and performer who has been turning out dance floors since the late 90s. His emotionally charged are ripe with the mélange of organic and synthesized tones, all riding on top of heavy bass lines. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in techno, house, hip hop, jazz, soul, industrial and dub contribute to his diverse musical palette. Since Nordic Soul’s inception in 2002, he has shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Bassnectar, Moby, Major Lazer, Grimes, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, Darkside, Trentemoller, Four Tet, The Orb, Moodymann, Duke Dumont, Scuba, Green Velvet, Moderat, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Tensnake, Mount Kimbie, MK, Matthew Dear, Theo Parrish and Motor City Drum Ensemble. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle). Nordic Soul has released music on a wide variety of labels including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton and Basic_Sounds.
In addition to is work on Decibel, Sean is the Director of Music Strategy and Development at the media branding company PlayNetwork, where he has been for overseeing a wide variety of fashion clients including Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Levis, Diesel, Armani Exchange and Marc Jacobs for well over a decade. Sean has also worked with the Red Bull Music Academy as an event curator and promoter. Sean currently sits on the board of governors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences aka The Grammys. He also also a resident and talent buyer for the successful Studio 4/4 club night in Seattle.