CL Music & Audio Podcast 17: Sean Horton of Decibel Festival


Decibel Festival is an annual electronic music festival in Seattle going on its 12th year. In that time, the festival has hosted over 1,000 artists including Autechre, Deadmau5, Richie Hawtin, Diplo, and Glitch Mob to name a few.

But it’s not what you might think when you hear the phrase “electronic music festival”: Decibel is a highly curated collection leading-edge artists performing live music at select venues throughout Seattle. As someone who was (and still is) inspired by the design aesthetic of the 90s electronic music scene (in particular tDR’s work for Warp Records), I especially like Decibel’s emphasis on pairing music with art and design– it’s like chocolate and peanut butter… both are awesome on their own, but even better when you put them together!

Amon Tobin’s set from Decibel 2011, a great example of how dB combines music, visual art, and technology

We caught up with dB founder Sean Horton to talk about the festival’s mission, why he’s deliberately kept it small, why music and visual art belong together, and what sets Decibel apart from the big-name EDM festivals you’ve probably seen in your Facebook every summer.


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