Kaytranada Brings Down the EMP at Decibel Festival

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of seeing Canadian electronic music producer Kaytranada at the EMP’s level 3 with a group of fellow feel-good,-music-loving friends. In the days leading up to the event, my excitement grew to insurmountable levels, seeing as Kaytranada’s What the Festival set was one of the grooviest and most melodic sets I saw all weekend.

First off…

The EMP is a surprisingly great venue for musical acts of this kind. At the Level 3 stage, the bar is located on a wide balcony overlooking the stage, which gives the venue major bonus points. Bad bar area = no fun. In addition, the dance floor and stage itself was the perfect size, small enough to feel intimate, yet big enough to give people adequate dancing room. And if those two factors weren’t enough, the EMP staff were extremely courteous and friendly, which I feel like is becoming increasingly rare at Seattle venues.


Even the stairs are cool… Photo by M. Christine

The openers

First to grace the stage was JusMoni, a male/female duo headed by beautiful vocalist Moni. I was absolutely blown away by the amount of talent that this woman had; her voice was soulful and syrupy, and worked perfectly juxtaposed against slow trap beats.

Another one of the openers, trap producer Lunice, impressed the crowd with his high energy dancing and heavy trap basslines. Although I was definitely vibing on his music, I had pretty high expectations for his performance, and I left wanting more.


As for Kaytranada…

Kaytranada killed it. He absolutely slayed. His transitions were right on par, he played all of my favorite songs and continued to surprise the crowd with his amazing versatility. I’m always so impressed when live DJs are able to transition seamlessly from genre to genre. Just like in his What the Festival set, Kay threw down some funky house, heavy bass trap, old school R&B and somehow managed to make it all flow and compliment each other perfectly. I was just dazzled by his energy and skill. Here are just a few of my favorite Kaytranada songs that made the crowd go nuts:

Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Edition)

I think that this may be my favorite Kaytranada track. I also am weirdly obsessed with all Janet Jackson remixes, so that could play a part in it too. But as Kay dropped this track, each and every single person in the crowd started getting down.

Kaytranada – Holy Hole Inna Donut

An original Kaytranada track, this trap-infused (and hilariously titled) song was music to my ears as he beautifully transitioned into some of that bubbly Kaytranada house.

Disclosure – January (Kaytranada Edition)

Here’s a song that I always love hearing. And Disclosure remixes almost always rule.

AlunaGeorge – Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)

How can you not love this track? AlunaGeorge always kills it on the vocals, which go perfectly with Kaytranada’s soulful remix on an already pretty funky tune.

Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edition) 

This was the song I was hoping Kay would save until the very end of the night, and I was pleasantly surprised that he did just that. He ended his exceptional dB Fest set with an uplifting tone as the crowd danced their little hearts out to this song until the lights came on (literally).

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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