End of year note and 2015 recap from Decibel Founder/Curator

To all of our friends, family and supporters of Decibel, we’d like to wish you all a Happy Holidays. 2015 was without question a transformational year and I’d like to take a moment to share some of that feedback (see our compiled list of media previews and reviews HERE).

This year my intention as curator from the onset was a create a more focused program featuring the artists, labels, collectives, venues, partners and community that I felt most aligned with our mission over the past twelve years. I can say now with complete confidence that this strategy paid off as we had out highest overall capacity to date at 91% and looking at the reviews, certainly one if not our best received programs to date. Overall, this year’s Decibel Festival attracted just under 20,000 attendees over the five-day program, which took place across 11 venues and 30 individual concerts. Remarkably, out of 128 artist total artists we didn’t have a single cancelation this year, which was a first. This year we also were able to bring the beloved “dB In the Park” event back to Volunteer Park, which was our strongest to date pulling in over 3,000 attendees. In addition, the dB Marketing Team launched a public service campaign this year in an effort to ensure a safe space for all attendees.

Though it’s difficult to pair them down, a few standout performances from this year’s program included Nicolas Jaar, Autechre, Marcel Dettmann, Dasha Rush, Bonobo, Roman Flugel b2b with DJ Tennis, Jlin, Recondite, The Black Madonna, Tin Man, Function, Bob Moses, Shiba San, Tim Hecker, ESTA, Thievery Corporation, John Tejada, Julio Bashmore, Daniel Avery, Mr. Carmack, Richard Devine, Lusine feat. Trent Moorman, J.Phlip, M.A.N.D.Y., Dauwd, Justin Jay, Raica and Taylor McFerrin.

As for this year’s dB Conference, thanks to the support our co-presenter CreativeLive and our educational partners, this year’s conference offered some of our best and brightest moments.  For those who weren’t able to attend, CreativeLive did an exceptional job filming this year’s conference, much of which is available for streaming on their site.

Managing the monumental effort was no small feat, which is why I’d like to offer my deepest gratitude to our dynamic team of directors, managers, coordinators, volunteers and partners who helped make the 12th Annual Decibel Festival possible (see our thank you post). Without the dedication of these people and organizations, there simply wouldn’t be a festival to speak of.

Looking ahead to 2016, many of you have heard I’ve relocated to Los Angeles this past fall. I’m pleased to report that Los Angeles’ vibrant and diverse electronic music community has been more than welcoming and receptive to the idea of Decibel. Though there is still much work to be done before any formal decision is made, know that I’m confident in the ability to replicate Decibel in Los Angeles. This would be in addition to a Seattle program. More to come on both later this winter, so stay tuned.

Much love,

Sean Patrick Horton