Author Archives: DJ Alex

Midnight In A Perfect World: Vox Mod

Seattle electronic musician Scot Porter, a.k.a. Vox Mod, has been a local favorite on KEXP’s airwaves ever since his breakout 2013 album SYN​-​ÆSTHETIC showcased his dense, celestial, epic style of spaced-out, synth-heavy electronic/rock jams. Hot on the heels of releasing his new album, Pure Consciousness, Vox Mod swings by KEXP to share a high-energy mixRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: et aliae

Raised in Singapore and currently based in London, et aliae is a talented pianist, electronic producer and composer who makes refined and progressive electronic pop. Her debut song came out in 2014 as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s initial Secret Songs compilation, leading to a significant rise in her profile, soon applying her sonic touch onRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Scratchmaster Joe

Seattle’s Joe Martinez brings old-school skills into a contemporary world every time he gets behind his beloved turntables as Scratchmaster Joe to unleash his wildly unpredictable sets. The renowned turntablist has competed in DJ battles all over the world, and his workmanlike philosophy towards DJ culture has found Scratchmaster Joe hosting a multitude of DJRead more…

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Shigeto

Detroit’s Zach Saginaw, a.k.a. Shigeto, has been crafting immaculate and unique music over the past half-decade, most notably and consistently for revered American electronic music label Ghostly International. With a heavy jazz background, a strong love for hip-hop, and prodigious skills as an electronic producer, Shigeto combines these different influences to create a stunning liveRead more…

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Live Video: Manatee Commune

Just about a month ago, I had the honor of hosting a special all-electronic edition of KEXP’s local show, Audioasis, to showcase some of the finest electronic sounds coming from the Pacific Northwest! We did two live in-studio performances, including a video session with 21 year-old Bellingham-based artist Manatee Commune. Dude creates sublime ambient/chillwave/downtempo/classical songsRead more…

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KEXP’s Top Ten Picks for Decibel Festival 2013

Kicking off this Wednesday, September 25th is the 10th annual Decibel Festival! First off, congratulations to Decibel’s founder/director Sean Horton and the dB crew for bringing this festival into double digits. Continuing to grow and amaze each year into a well-oiled, world-class electronic music and arts event, the 5-day festival has become a massive reasonRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: KASTLE w/ xxxy @ 1927 Events tonight!

The ascent of electronic producers from the obscure underground scene to the fringes of pop mainstream is a path that is becoming more and more common these days, and few have done it as seamlessly and organically as San Francisco’s Barrett Richards, best known to the music world as Kastle. With a forward-thinking sonic visionRead more…

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Music That Matters Podcast: Spotlight on Decibel Festival

If you’re looking for proof that electronic music isn’t just “techno” and that it actually covers a vast range of sounds, from the most beautiful and tranquil neo-classical compositions to the most bombarding, overwhelmingly awesome club beats, Seattle’s annual Decibel Festival is exhibit A. And you don’t need much more proof than that if youRead more…

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DJ Alex’s dB Festival 2011 preview

Are you ready for Decibel Festival 2011? You better be! There’s tons to enjoy, experience, and just generally be enthusiastic about on this year’s line-up! Briefly, for the uninitiated, Decibel Festival is an internationally-renowned electronic music, arts, and new media event that was birthed in 2004 by music fan/curator/DJ/producer Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul. NowRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2009 preview!

by DJ Alex Ruder Now in its 6th year, Seattle’s Decibel Festival has become an internationally renowned electronic music and arts festival that will play host to 150+ artists playing in 13 venues throughout Seattle from September 24th to September 27th. With its enthusiastic dedication to hosting the broadest spectrum of electronic music, figuring outRead more…

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