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Sean Horton
Works at Decibel Festival
Attended The Evergreen State College
Lives in Seattle, WA
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Sorry to ask, but why in the hell are their 2k + thumbs down for this (roughly 20% disapproval)? Very strange
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One of the best live acts we've ever hosted at Decibel Festival and one of the better KEXP in-studios I've seen. Bravo on capturing this brilliant performance and asking some very interesting and pertinent questions. Alex Ruder is the man! 
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Can't wait for the Seattle show!
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He was in town for Decibel Festival for this. 
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Their best work to date IMO. Bravo!
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Occupation
President, Founder and Curator, Decibel Festival // Director or Music Strategy and Development, PlayNetwork
Skills
music supervision, audio engineering, marketing, business development, journalism, graphic design, musician, deejay
Employment
  • Decibel Festival
    President, Founder and Curator, 2003 - present
    I control all executive decisions for the Decibel Festival and Decibel Productions. In addition I manage a team over over a dozen key directors and curate all Decibel events. The Decibel Festival is an extremely ambitious project I started developing the business plan for in 2003 and in 2004 we celebrated our inaugural year. The festival is a community arts gathering which takes place the end of September across multiple venues in Seattle. The five-day festival/conference focuses on new music technology, music performance, multimedia art and music education. For our first year we booked over 90 acts from across the globe and sold over 3,500 tickets. Every year since then Decibel has grown and in 2012, the festival brought in over 26,500 attendees, across 15 venues. Over the past 9 years the festival has booked over 825 artists from over 30 different countries, making it one of the largest and most culturally diverse festivals in North America. Decibel Partners / Sponsors include: Red Bull, Windows, Verizon, Mackie, URB Magazine, Stolichnaya Vodka, The Seattle Art Museum, Yelp, XLR8R Magazine, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Ableton, Dunhill, Native Instruments, The Stranger, Pyramid Ales, KEXP 90.3, Easy Street Records, Ghostly International, Propellerheads, Stumptown Coffee, Remix Magazine, Terrorbird PR, Resident Advisor, PlayNetwork, McCauley Sound, MUTEK, Chop Suey, Big Up Magazine, Rane, KBCS 91.3, W Seattle, Best Western Hotels, Abstract Earth Project, Surefire Agency, The Hotel Max and The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film and Music and dozens more.
  • PlayNetwork
    Director, Music Strategy & Development, 2002 - present
    I oversee music strategies for high-profile clients and collaborate with various departments (Innovation, Product Development, Technology Development, Marketing, Creative) for the Media Branding company PlayNetwork. PlayNetwork connects customers for 80,000 media subscribers in over 80 countries, more than 23 million times a day.
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Seattle, WA
Story
Tagline
I live for music, art, film and technology
Introduction
I grew up in the Detroit area and gained exposure to underground electronic music working at an import record store on Woodward Ave. In 1990, I discovered that the Motor City's post-industrial urban decay created an ideal environment for warehouse parties. I began deejaying and going to regular events in Detroit, most notably the initial Plus 8 parties, which helped catapult Detroit Techno globally in the early 90s.

I moved to Seattle in 1995 and ended up on a fishing boat heading to Dutch Harbor. I made enough money fishing in Alaska and Russia, that I was able to put myself through college. I studied audio engineering and marketing at Evergreen State in Olympia Washington (graduated from with a BA in 1999). Evergreen is where I first began creating music using a computer. It is also were I began producing and curating multimedia concerts. 

In 2002 I took a job offer at the media/branding company PlayNetwork in Redmond Washington (10 miles from Seattle). Over the past decade I have been a catalyst for positive change at PlayNetwork, which has more than tripled in growth over that time. In addition to my roles as technology adviser and brand consultant, I've taken creative lead as music supervisor on dozens of key international clients, including Victoria's Secret, FedEx Office, Levis, Banana Republic, and Marc Jacobs. In 2012 I was promoted to the Director of Music Strategy and Development. 

Simultaneously, I founded the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music and Visual Art in 2003. Under my direction as CEO and curator, Decibel has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art. We celebrated our inaugural festival in 2004 and drew in a modest 2,500 attendance. Each year the Decibel has grown substantially and in 2012 the festival celebrated its most successful edition to date. Between the festival program and the conference, we brought in over 26,000 attendees over the five-day program (up 4,000 from 2011).

In addition to my work on Decibel, I have been composing, producing, performing and DJing professionally under various monikers, most notably Nordic Soul. Since taking on the name in 2002, I have shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Moby, Green Velvet, Major Lazer, Trentemoller, Four Tet, Moodymann, Boys Noize, Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, Apparat, Bassnectar, Radio Slave, Moderat and Gui Boratto. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle). I have also released under several labels, including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton Records and Basic_Sounds.
Bragging rights
Decibel Founder/Curator, Music industry vet (11 years at PlayNetwork), PNW Chapter Board for the Grammy's, Musician, DJ, husband,
Education
  • The Evergreen State College
    Audio Engineering, 1996 - 1999
    digital audio recording, analog recording, digital synthesis, analog synthesis, composition, marketing, graphic design, film scoring, audio engineering, music history
  • Alma College
    Fine Art, 93 - 94
    anatomy, figure drawing, illustration, biology
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