Artist Profile: Decibel Empire
Decibel Empire are the ultimate party-rockers - with a penchant for playing festivals through the early hours of the morning, music takes precedence over rest for Average Citizen, Brukout and Schmo-Digz. Nikki and Adrian from the Electric Love team sat down for an interview with Average Citizen and Schmo-Digz to find out a little more about their wild adventures in the festival world.
Electric Love: How long have you been making music for?
Decibel Empire: 2 years now. Yeah, 2 years we've been together.
Electric Love: What are some of the current projects you have on the go?
Decibel Empire: We've got lots of bookings coming up this summer and right now we have 2 remixes that were working on as well as 2 original tracks. We just put out an original track last month that we did with Dirty Looks that can be found on our Soundcloud.
Electric Love: What do you guys bring to the table, musically, that sets you apart from the other performers?
Decibel Empire: I think it would be the diversity of the 3 of us. We all have our own separate loves of different types of music but together we've made our own sound. And the fact that there is 2 of us rocking the decks as we play and the third member is on the mic the whole time doing stuff that's in our tracks as well as freestyling and just hyping it up. Having the three of us all working together like that is super high energy.
Electric Love: What are some of the accomplishments you have achieved in your field so far and would like to achieve in the future?
Decibel Empire: The biggest thing for us was the tour with Stitches. In March, we went across Canada with Stitches, so we were like the support for the tour and we were his DJ. So that was pretty awesome for us to be able to play our original tracks in Canada and then with him as well. So that was cool! And then also, we've put out a lot of tracks this past year. Future goals, I mean it was cool going across Canada, but definitely would love to tour the States and Europe, so that's next on our list.
Electric Love: What is the wildest story from touring with Stitches?
Decibel Empire: I would say the time Average Citizen got punched in the face. (Laughs.) Yeah, the whole tour was wild. Everybody involved with it was going nuts, and yeah, I got my nose broken on the second night of the tour. The whole hotel afterwards was booked, there was no security and it was connected to the venue, so the hallways just ended up turning into a huge party. Like people having fights in some areas and then he ended up coming out to see what was going on in the hallways. There was a guy out there that thought he started some of it and cracked him right in the nose, just outta the blue. And yet he had nothing to do with it. But that was like the whole tour—it's Stitches. Everywhere we were going was nuts, even in the middle of the day in the mall there was this energy with him. It's kinda bonkers, but it was cool, it was fun. It sucked to get my nose broken, but hey, it was total rockstar sh**!
Electric Love: What is one of your wildest festival moments?
Decibel Empire: We love closing festivals. In the morning the people that are left are just die-hards! And last year at Bassfest, this couple was just loving our music so much they just decided that they were just gonna start having sex on the dance floor, right in front of everyone. So I mean it gets pretty wild. Everybody noticed and loved it, like at that time in the morning everyone was like "whoa, look over there" and cheering along. And that set we were doing a tag team with Neon Gypsy and people just love our sh** I guess, makes ‘em go wild! So that was pretty awesome, pretty crazy.
Electric Love: Since this is the first annual Electric Love festival, what are you looking forward to most about performing?
Decibel Empire: I'm looking forward to going back to Chilliwack because back in the day there was parties out there every summer, all summer, like back in the early 2000's, late 90's. It's such a beautiful place, sun’s coming up over the mountains and the water in the morning. Also, playing on the same stage as Pegboard Nerds and Far Too Loud, getting to play the main stage. We have a bunch of new original tracks to drop by then too, so that's gonna be awesome too, just getting it out there.
Electric Love: You're part of this big collaboration of people behind the scenes putting on this festival. Where do you guys see this festival going in the future?
Decibel Empire: It's definitely gonna grow into a couple day festival for sure, like a 3 to 5 day thing. Yeah, it's gonna be awesome! We're super excited! It's great to bring back the one night thing y’know, but it will grow into a few nights, but it's gonna be super cool to bring back the one night. There’s nothing like that right now. Nothing for all ages, or even 19+ that goes till 9 in the morning anymore.
Electric Love: Where can people purchase tickets?
Decibel Empire: I'd say go online to the website. There's also tons of stores where they can get hard copies, and all the information is on the website.