Saturday, January 11th at Re-Bar
The 2013 Decibel Festival Appreciation Party
J.ALVAREZ aka 214
Hypercolour / Frustrated Funk
Advance tickets $12 / $15 at the door*
Music begins at 9pm / 21+
1114 Howell St, Seattle
*ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GOING TO DB ARTIST MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR AND ALL-AROUND GREAT GUY BLAKE PETERSON, WHO’S RECENT HEALTH ISSUES HAVE LEAD TO SOME DEVASTATING FINANCIAL WOES. BLAKE HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL SUPPORTER OF DECIBEL AND THE SEATTLE ELECTRONIC MUSIC COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS. IN ADDITION TO CONTRIBUTING THE TICKET/DOOR PROCEEDS, WE’LL BE ACCEPTING DONATIONS AND SELLING MERCHANDISE ON BLAKE’S BEHALF.
Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for over 10 years now. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain met Shad Scott while living in LA and put out his self titled debut on Scott’s imprint, Isophlux. He relocated to Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. McIlwain has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases on Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult. In 2009, he released the album, “A Certain Distance”, which featured the single, “Two Dots.” His newest, critically acclaimed album, “The Waiting Room”, was just recently released in 2013.
McIlwain has performed throughout the US and abroad, including the Sasquatch, SXSW, Decibel, Mutek, DEMF, and Sonar festivals, and sets at London’s esteemed Fabric nightclub, Tokyo’s Unit, and Berlin’s Berghain and Watergate nightclubs. He has been involved in the scoring of various film and commercial projects: co-scoring (with David Wingo) the 2008 film “Snow Angels” (with Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell), and “The Sitter” (Jonah Hill) and scoring the 2009 film “Linewatch” (with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Omari Hardwick). McIlwain teamed up with David Wingo again this year to score the film “Joe” (Nicolas Cage) . He toured Europe over the summer, and is planning some dates in Japan in November to round out 2013.
ABOUT MICHAEL MANAHAN & NORDIC SOUL
Michael has been known as a DJ and event producer in the NW for years, he’s always changing up styles behind the decks and playing unique sets for every gig. His sets are funky twisted adventures thru future and ancient realms…
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. His healthy obsession began at the age of 11 with the gift of his first guitar. After attending a Plus 8 party in his hometown Detroit, Sean embraced underground electronic music. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel Festival in Seattle.
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 sets are infused with live instrumentation and 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, Trentemoller, Four Tet, Moodymann, Green Velvet, Moderat, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Kevin Saunderson, Mount Kimbie, 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.
Seattle producer Chris Roman is by no means a new face. Roman debuted in 2002, and has since built a substantial discography under the alias 214, releasing on labels like Harbour City Sorrow, Car Crash Set, and Fortified Audio. Originally from Miami, many of the artist’s tracks are accordingly laced with tinges of the city’s famed Bass sound, but his take on electro is very much his own. His signature has matured into a supple hybrid of dancefloor bounce and dystopian grit, a progression which culminated in his 2012 output, the finest of his career. As 214, Roman put his name to Fuzzy Leash for Yellow Machines, Plastic Spokes for Fortified Audio, and Submanouvers for Frustrated Funk, and all three of these EPs showed him incorporating a fresh dynamism. Plastic Spokes, for example, took in R&B and deep house elements, and he perfected these infusions on Overseas Highway, his first release as J. Alvarez, for Hypercolour’s LTD series. The EP’s pop appeal was a refreshing take on electro’s robotic rigidity, and declared Roman as not just an adept producer, but one capable of pushing the entire genre in new directions. -Steve Kerr XLR8R