Decibel Festival 2014 Lineup: Our Top Picks

First of all, can I please get a “hell yeah!” for the second wave of artist releases for Seattle’s 11th annual Decibel Festival!? In May, Decibel announced their first wave of the 2014 lineup, featuring a great selection of artists including Chet Faker, El Ten Eleven, Kraddy, MK, Mimosa, Paper Diamond, and more. I was initially pretty impressed and already planning on buying tickets to the vast majority of these shows, but after taking a look at the full lineup, my jaw dropped and my excitement skyrocketed.

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Claptone

I was first introduced to deep house producer Claptone about six months ago when I stumbled upon his track ‘No Eyes’ ft. Jaw on an 8tracks.com study playlist. Since then, Claptone has released numerous other EP’s and “Clapcasts” (witty play-on-word podcasts). I also have to add, I am especially excited to see him behind the decks at Decibel while wearing his iconic beaked golden mask.

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Kaytranada

I was absolutely thrilled to see that Kaytranada was added to this year’s selection of talent. I was able to catch him play at What the Festival!? this year, and I can say with confidence that it was easily one of the best sets I saw all weekend. During his set, he played a wide (and I mean WIDE) variety of music. One minute he was playing a highly trap-infused track, and then perfectly transitioned into super groovy house. Here’s one Kaytranada track that I went absolutely nuts to during his live show:

Keys N Krates

Another big name that I’m dying to see at this year’s Decibel Fest is live instrumental trap group Keys N Krates. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see them do their thing at this year’s Paradiso Festival, but I imagine that seeing them perform in a smaller, more intimate setting will be phenomenal.

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I’ve been a Keys N Krates fan for a while now, and I was happy to see the band gain popularity after their hit EPs ‘Dum Dum’ and ‘I Just Can’t Deny.’ Here’s one of my favorites from them, a track that I think really showcases their one of a kind sound:

Paper Diamond

I was able to see electronic music producer Paper Diamond last January when he opened up for Excision at the Paramount Theater. At that time, I was not familiar with his music and found myself asking everyone around me “Hey! do you know who this is?!” Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of his music- listening to everything from his collaboration with Protohype to his BBC Radio Diplo & Friends Mix. Don’t miss out on what I anticipate to be an amazing show and make sure to catch Paper Diamond!

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin, also known under the alias Plastikman, is one of the most influential pioneers and legends in techno music. With his distinct musical style and very distinct hairstyle, Hawtin is sure to deliver when he graces Seattle with his presence for dB Festival. This is a set that all techno fans, newbies and veterans alike are super excited for. Here is a live set from his experiential event ENTER., which regularly takes place at Space, one of Ibiza’s most famous nightclubs.

TOKiMONSTA

Firstly: I. Love. TOKiMONSTA. Residing from Los Angeles, California, electronic music producer TOKiMONSTA has taken the music scene by storm with her hard hitting remixes of tracks by Felix Cartal, Schoolboy Q, and Miguel (such an eclectic range of artists, right?). Her chill, unique style with hauntingly beautiful vocals have a very special place in my heart. Oh, and I forgot to mention she’s adorable:

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Ya’ll better get excited to see this badass bitch take center stage come September, because I sure know I am.

For more info on these artists, and on the entire Decibel Festival 2014 lineup, check out their website HERE.

See you in September!

Maddy Bahner

Maddy Bahner

Maddy is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Public Health. When she's not studying or sleeping you can find her twerking or hula hooping at the nearest music festival.
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