In-between battling Pokemon as Pikachu and falling in love with the Zelda computer game (so much so that he tattooed the logo on his arm), DECiBEL began his career in music as a promoter and DJ working in Newcastle. From these humble beginnings, he quickly moved on to help set up Rub a Dub Dub, Newcastle's first weekly Bass music night, with Mike Hesketh of MishMash Events. DECiBEL then gained another residency for "Zoo" at The Cut also in Newcastle, moving on to play residencies pretty much everywhere in the North of England including cities such as York, Leeds, Durham, Liverpool, Bradford, Huddersfield and Lincoln to name a few. At one point DECiBEL was playing up to 6 times a week as a resident for various student club nights.
Through a combination of hard graft and his considerable abilities as a promoter and resident DJ, DECiBEL quickly became familiar with the key tastemakers of the scene; playing alongside the likes of BBC Radio 1's Mistajam, Annie Mac and legendary producers such as Shy FX, Skrillex and Skream. By connecting with influential figures across the UK Bass music scene, this provided a direct route for DECiBEL to place his early productions in the right hands and ears, and to kick start his profile as a producer and a DJ in his own right.
After starting from the bottom, 2012 saw DECiBEL secure track features including, "GAP" in TNGHT's statement mix and Lunice's top 10 tune of the year. DECiBEL gained recognition on world renowned radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 & 1xtra, Kiss FM, Rinse, and NTS from DJ's such as Toddla T, Benji B, Moxie, Swindle, Redlight and Kissy Sell Out.
To add to that, DECiBEL also began to be championed as a breakthrough artist by BBC Radio 1's Mistajam. DECiBEL consequently signed to Mistajam's 360 label, management and development set up - Speakerbox. Speakerbox has secured DECiBEL remixes with artists such as Liam Bailey, Russo, Ayah Marar, Tempa T as well as crossover features. His track with grime pioneer Flowdan, "SKANKS" released on Four40 Records in 2013, was performed live by the amazing Kaleidoscope orchestra, at the Contact Theatre in Manchester alongside Flowdan for SBTV's Track x Track series.
DECiBEL is a multi-genre producer in his own right creating Trap, Grime, Garage and Techno. This follows successful early Electro House productions, such as the "DECiBEL EP" released on Tectonic in addition to releases on labels such as Hussle Girl Wearhouse Music, San City High and early single "Gadget" on Suicide Dub.
DECiBEL's most anticipated release on Speakerbox is the Trap EP "GABOS (Game Ain't Based On Sympathy)" with the boss track "WOT" championed by all the key tastemaker DJ's, as one of the biggest Trap productions to date. DECiBEL is set to release throughout the summer including his second EP with Tectonic and will also feature on the Tectonic Plates Vol 4 compilation. Moreover, through revered music journalist Joe Muggs, DECiBEL was asked to produce especially for Big Dada's Grime 2.0 compilation released in May 2013.
DECiBEL still has residencies at Rub a Dub Dub in Newcastle and FAC 251 Manchester (owned by Joy Division's Pete Hook and notably will also support Jaguar Skills on his 8th consecutive hard ticketed UK Tour. On top of this, DECiBEL will be performing at Outlook Festival's Tectonic Takeover stage and on the Speakerbox stages at WE R FSTVL, Boardmasters and Creamfields with more set to be announced, not only in the UK but across the globe.
With support from the highest peaks of the music industry, with key tastemakers across the board pressing play whilst performing at some of the biggest festival stages; DECiBEL exists in not only his exciting productions but in amazing DJ ability and selective taste, delivering the hottest, groundbreaking sounds of the next stage of UK Music, initiated by Speakerbox.