50 Most Important People in EDM

The movers, shakers and speaker-quakers shaping dance in 2014

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Sean Horton, Decibel Festival, Founder
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43. Sean Horton, Decibel Festival, Founder

A Detroit native who wound up in Seattle the old-fashioned way (his van broke down), Sean Horton's first Decibel Festival in 2004 attracted 2,500 attendees. The tenth edition, held this past September, drew ten times that. This steady climb reflects the city's rapid growth, but it's nowhere near as unnerving: Decibel is still heavy on underground DJs, but Horton has expanded its scope without abandoning his core philosophy. Anyone interested in dance music's next big thing looks closely at his lineups – Horton booked Deadmau5 in 2007 and multiple dubstep showcases in 2009, shortly before both blew up, while still bringing in big headliners (last year included Moby, Zedd, and Lorde)

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