In a letter to fans posted on the Decibel festival website, founder Sean Patrick Horton slyly mentioned that after 12 editions in Seattle, his celebrated electronic music event is expanding to Los Angeles…just as soon as he irons out the details.
“I’m pleased to report that Los Angeles’ vibrant and diverse electronic music community has been more than welcoming and receptive to the idea of Decibel,” Horton wrote. “Though there is still much work to be done before any formal decision is made, know that I’m confident in the ability to replicate Decibel in Los Angeles.”
What began as a strictly underground affair in 2004 with a crowd of 2,500 people has grown to nearly 20,000 across five days and thirty concerts in 2015. Over the years, there has been some shifts in programming, with superstars like Lorde and Moby taking the stage in years past.
Decibel’s success has been due, in part, to an ongoing refocusing of the original mission to support and advance electronic music. This past year’s lineup, which Horton says “most aligned with our mission,” featured fewer mainstream acts and doubled down on artists like Autechre, J.Phlip, and The Black Madonna.
The Seattle edition of Decibel is expected to return in late September, 2016, perhaps announced with details of a Los Angeles edition as well.