Jingle Bomb: My First Encounter with the Electronic Dance Music Culture in Seattle

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Around the beginning of December, ravers from all over Washington State converge on Seattle’s Studio 7 for Marble Production’s annual “Jingle Bomb”.  Headliners at this event feature everyone from international talent such as “Far Too Loud” and “Felipe Tampa” to local talent such as “INNIT” and “MATEI CRACIUN”.  This year I had the privilege of attending this annual production for the first time and what follows is a short report on my experience.

It should be first stated that my visit to Mable Production’s “Jingle Bomb” was my first visit to any local rave in general.  I had previously attended concerts thrown by USC events which featured big names such as “Alesso” and “Laidback Luke”.  The difference between Jingle Bomb and these other two concerts was that when I went to the bigger events thrown by USC, I more or less expected that everyone was going for the purpose of experiencing the big headliner live.  Whereas when I went to this local major-headlining-lacking rave, I had no notion of what to expect in terms of the crowd or the atmosphere.  So with my gelled up hair and my trusty Sounders jacket, I set off to Studio 7 to participate in this annual ritual.

When I stepped out of the car at the venue’s front entrance, my body immediately took note of the 30 degree weather that I would dealing with while waiting in line.  As if the shocking cold wasn’t hard enough for me to believe the next thing that proceeded to one-up the incredulity of my situation was the summer-like attire one out of ten people who were waiting in line were wearing.  Fascinated by the dedication yet somewhat insane nature these underdressed rave-goers I took my place at the back of the “will-call” line.

Upon entering the venue I began to take in the sights and sounds of the venue.  Well actually, it should be noted that I just began to take in the sights of this venue as the sounds could be heard and felt quite clearly outside to the point that one could see the walls shake outside the facility.  Getting back to the story-at-hand I began moseying around the venue.  I had previously been to Studio 7 a couple weeks earlier when I unintentionally attended three hours of a “what I originally thought was going to be a local rave but actually turned out to be an indie rock concert”, so I was somewhat familiar with the layout of the venue. 

I began to see some familiar faces, so I proceeded to yell some small talk with these acquaintances in the hopes that one might be able to understand some portion of verbiage coming out of the others mouth over the boom of the bass.  After some successful and unsuccessful attempts at small talk, I ventured onto the dance floor and began to get into the groove with some of the complextro-style music the opening DJ “MATEI CRACIUN” was mixing.  Slowly I began to realize that maybe those summer-attired ravers outside might have actually been the smart ones as I began to start breaking a slight sweat in my winter gear as more and more party-goers began to trickle in.  Come the strike of 9 o’clock, pretty much everyone was inside and ready to get the party started.

From 9:00-10:00 “Chris Atom & De Priest” rocked the dance-floor with their electro-house style DJ set featuring remixes of popular songs like Zedd’s “Stay the Night”.  After an hour of banging out to long kick drums and Pryda snares, a DJ by the name of “INNIT” took over and proceeded to mesmerizingly move the crowd with some low-BPM dubstep.  Not being a huge dubstep enthusiast myself I wasn’t exactly familiar with the tracks they were playing but I decided to go with the flow anyways.  After ebbing my body up and down for about an hour to INNIT’s dirty cutoff-modulations, headliner “FTampa” took over the stage and began to bang it out with his sick electro-house originals and remixes.  It was during his set that I really began to just dance it all out and when his remix of “I Could Be The One” dropped, the crowd went absolutely nuts!  His set was planned to go to 12:30 before main headliner “FAR TOO LOUD” would take over, but since I had to work early the next day half an hour before FTampa’s set ended I exited the venue sweaty and very satisfied.

Despite the fact I only got a small taste of what EDM in Seattle had to offer, I definitely have to say that my four hour experience with Marble Production’s “Jingle Bomb” left a good taste in my mouth.  Not only did I come out with some new friends, some new experiences, and a more open mind to the culture that is EDM; I came out with a fuller understanding of what the scene really meant to the ravers of the area.

In conclusion, though one can never be too certain about what the future holds for music in general; I sincerely hope that it will be one of fun, friends, and great music!  Thank you Marble Productions for hosting such a great event, and I look forward to experiencing more of the Seattle EDM scene in the future!

 

– DJ Veaux

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Quick video of my view of the event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoLq51ryjo8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUWxcxE9siM5xrQqUZYDkUHA

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