Decibel Festival 2009: Thursday night

by Philip LaRose

On Thursday, I caught the latter half of the Ghostly 10: Opening Gala at the Seattle Art Museum, featuring Michna and Lusine. Tracer Visuals provided a cool video backdrop mixed live to the music. Michna tossed a few recognizable samples into his mix, getting a big cheer for Kraftwerk’s “Tour de France.” The floor of the South Hall was packed with people grooving by the time Lusine started at 9PM. Lusine teased the audience with a bit of the vocals from his current single “Two Dots” but eschewed individual songs in favor of another continuous hour of dance music. Both artists had really enjoyable sets that got me in the mood for the weekend.

After the gala, I stopped in at Neumos to check out dB in Dub Part 1: Past, Present & Future of Dub. I arrived around 10:30 during a set by Deepchord presents: Echospace, which is on the “future” side of dub. The sound and scene was very mellow, with a lot of bobbing and swaying in the audience but little outright dancing. The atmosphere however was very hot and sweaty, so I decided to cross the street to see what was going on at Sole Repair.

Ironically, Sole Repair was hosting the Sweatbox Showcase, though with better ventilation it was less sweaty (at first) than Neumos. The showcase featured uptempo drum ‘n bass and house, which was more my style, so I hung out there for the rest of the evening. I caught some of Ctrl_Alt_Dlt’s set, followed by Mikael Stavöstrand and finishing with Derek Plaslaiko. The scene here was livelier, with more overt dancing, and well before the ending Sweatbox was living up to its name.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the weekend. It’d be easy just to keep jumping between Neumos and Sole Repair, but there’s so much more going on. Check out the Decibel Festival website for all the details.

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