dB2015 Interview: Natasha Kmeto

Natasha Kmeto is a producer, vocalist, DJ, and member of Portland-based label/collective Dropping Gems. I sat down with her to chat about her upcoming release, Inevitable (out now on Dropping Gems) and being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Kmeto performs live on Thursday September 24th for the Discwoman showcase at the 12th Annual Decibel […]

dB Features: Machinedrum sticks to his guns

We had the unique opportunity to slip in a short game of twenty questions with long-time dB alum Travis Stewart, aka Machinedrum in the depths of the Crocodile’s belly. Stewart has been breaking ground for some time, collating elements of Jungle, Hip-Hop, Footwork and Glitch into a sound that’s unquestionably his own.   dB: We’re sitting […]

Gabby’s Favorites & Guilty Pleasures


——Favorites—— 1. SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land This album is superb – it should’ve been talked about a lot more when it was released. My friend Tati bugged me non-stop for weeks to listen to it, eventually I did and immediately regretted not listening to her sooner. This album is all over the place […]

Sarah’s Top Remixes of 2014


1. Sampha – Indecision (Maximus MMC x T.Hemingway Edit)   2. Little Dragon – Cat Rider (Poolside Remix)   3. Jungle – Drops (Pedestrian Remix)   4. Radiohead – Reckoner (Go Yama Remix)   5. Matas – Em Bora (Photay Remix)   6. D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (IAMNOBODI Remix)   7. Wild Beasts – Mecca (SOHN Remix)   8. […]

Cecilia’s Top Releases of 2014 in Images


Some of my favorite moments of my day are when I can go get lost with a good soundtrack. Most times I just walk aimlessly with no real destination in mind. Eyes pick out details, memory fills them in, surroundings and sound interact. This year, in some part, I observed the new place I’m living like […]

A MODERN LOVE affair: a brief history of the Manchester based label


Modern Love records are not like other records. Go down to your local dispensary and buy into a sense of lineage, 12 short years of history and a wealth of homegrown talent all for $15 a pop. Cover art: probably black and white but not too distinctive. What is distinctive is a sense of purpose, of […]

Decibel Festival picks for the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party


The 18th Annual Capitol Hill Block Party will be taking place July 25th, 26th and 27th in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. This year’s program features a wide variety of musical performers, including several favorites from past Decibel Festival programs. Here is our top ten recommendations for electronic music lovers. Odesza xxyyxx Poolside Natasha Kmeto Star Slinger RAC […]

All Gone Pete Tong To Close Decibel Festival with Tensnake


All Gone Pete Tong To Close Decibel Festival w/Tensnake Sept 28 Legendary British DJ To Host Closing Party Of The Acclaimed Electronic Music Festival In Seattle If there is one name synonymous with the evolution of dance music over the last two decades it is Pete Tong. In a twenty plus year career he has […]

Pacific Northwest Beat Scene: Relaxed, Lush and Hazy


Seattle and Portland, the two largest cities in the Pacific Northwest, respectively average only 71 and 68 clear and sunny days per year. Given these conditions, the area’s rich history of producers seems only natural.

A decade of Ghostly International at Decibel Festival


It is quite fitting that Ghostly International be one of the central focal points of this year’s seminal 10th edition of Decibel Festival. The influential label, founded in 1998 by Michigan native Sam Valenti IV, and the increasingly relevant music and arts festival share common roots in Detroit. Both as a locale and a counter-cultural center, Detroit’s underground music scene provided an inspirational back-drop for the creative minds behind each of these institutions.

Decibel #11 on INTHEMIX’s 25 Festivals To Discover Before You Die


Thank you In The Mix for naming Decibel Festival #11 of the 25 Festivals To Discover Before You Die! Here’s what they had to say: #11 DECIBEL FESTIVAL WHY: It’s not hard to see why Seattle’s Decibel Festival has a devoted following. Since 2003, the festival has pushed a forward-thinking agenda bringing together music, art […]

Electric Deluxe & Speedy J


As is tradition with Decibel Festival, show-goers will have the unique opportunity to attend up to six separate ‘After-Hour’ parties – each with their own distinct sound, environment, and mode of thinking. These events, typically starting around 2AM, are notorious for lasting past sunrise. While some folks are getting up and heading out the door […]

Opening letter from festival founder and curator Sean Horton


Perpetually shy and socially awkward, I consistently found refuge in books, art, film and music. I came to appreciate music in particular as a universal language, which I learned both as a musician and connoisseur. As my music tastes expanded working a music store in my teens, I began to interact with various subcultures and […]

Bottom Forty’s Nark Presents “Night Moves”

Deejay Nark

If this mix is any sort of an indicator as to what you can expect at the ‘Bottom 40 Showcase’ then there is no question as to if one should attend or not. Less than 5 minutes in – there is an aura of confidence and attitude so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The […]

Decibel Reflections


10 years is a long time. It’s about 1/5 of the average human lifespan and long enough to see the world reboot into a new era. 10 years of Decibel Festival? Well, that’s just 10 years of magic. The Decibel Festival has been pumping lifeblood into Seattle’s electronic music scene for 10 wonderful years. To […]

Decibel #8 on BEATPORT’S Most Anticipated Festivals of 2013


Thank you Beatport for naming Decibel Festival the eighth most anticipated festival of 2013! Here’s what they had to say about us: “This year marks the 10th anniversary of Seattle’s Decibel Festival, a homegrown institution inspired by high-brow gatherings like MUTEK and Sónar. Over the past nine years, Decibel has brought a slew of forward-thinking […]