As the year winds to a close, people throughout the PNW are making plans with friends for how to celebrate the beginning of 2022. Abduction New Year’s Eve in Seattle will be one of our region’s largest dance music events, and certainly a night to remember. Shortly after Insomniac announced their first PNW New Year’s Eve event, their lineup followed suit.
The one-night event’s lineup is one of the more eclectic we’ve seen, promising legendary artists with untapped potential for everyone to find something to enjoy. You can find tickets and more information about Abduction on the WaMu Theater’s website. Get ready for Abduction NYE at the WaMu Theater in Seattle with our artist guide below.
Highly sought-after in the PNW, the last time Eric Prydz came by our neck of the woods was around five years ago. Regarded worldwide for his elaborate stage production and lasers, he’s going to bring techno back to the main stage in Seattle in a huge way. Although the Holosphere solo stage production that made him famous likely won’t be coming to the WaMU theater, but we can hope that he’s inspired some sort of over-the-top production Insomniac has the capacity to throw.
It’s easy to get lost in the catalog of the Swedish dance music veteran of two decades. In addition to his own solo project Prydz also has his own label, Pryda Recordings, and a swath of side projects. Most popular of his side projects include Cirez D with Adam Beyer and the aptly-named alias Pryda.
But if you had to pick a mix to feel prepped for his NYE set, check out his 2013 Essential Mix on BBC Radio One, dubbed Essential Mix of the Year. Beyond that, every Prydz set feels like a bit of a surprise. So you’re well off just coming into the closing set of NYE with no expectations.
Right before Prydz comes on to close the night out, Lane 8 is due to bring some emotional progressive and deep house to Seattle. The Denver native (Daniel Goldstein) has risen through the ranks of Anjunadeep to release transcendental, uplifting songs for emotion in every direction.
With three full-length albums under his belt and a full-fledged label running at full steam ahead, Lane 8 has been nothing short of a spectacular artist to watch. Goldstein’s discography is distinct enough to stand alone, but album after album proves its cohesiveness. It’s difficult to sum up how excited we are to see the highly-sought after artist to ring in NYE.
You could get lost spending weeks poring over Lane 8’s different mixes. Releasing one each season for the last couple of years at a 2-5 hours each, you’ll never be left without anything to listen to.
No PNW show would be complete with at least one bass artist, and Dabin is here to deliver. Even fans who aren’t crazy for headbanging will enjoy the melodic bass tracks that he’s built a dedicated fan base around. Fresh off of his fourth full-length album release in October, Dabin stopped in Seattle for the first rescheduled leg of his highly anticipated Into the Wild tour.
In addition to producing and mixing, Dabin can also kill a guitar live. Since he brings it out to his tour stops, we can’t be sure if we’ll get to hear it on NYE, but we hope so. All of his albums are worth checking out, but Wild Youth is a DMNW favorite.
Hailing from the Netherlands, DROELOE, aka Vincent Jacobus Rooijers, has made several stops through the PNW recently. Most recently, they came by Seattle for the Deadbeats show in October.
The former duo, now just Vincent as of last year, play mainly electronica with some bass behind it. If you like Odesza (and who doesn’t), DROELOE is a great artist to watch. Including a handful of releases on Deadbeats and their full-length album on San Holo’s Bitbird, DROELOE has clearly been hard at work.
Nostalgix, aka Negar Hamidi, is another Northwest artist making a name for herself on the Night Bass label. She released the Act Out EP via AC Slater’s imprint in late-2020, which followed the three track OG Sins EP on the same label. A North American tour was set to take place last year as well. While it’s been a long wait, it’s better late than never for her return to the Gorge. She opened up the main stage on day one of Paradiso 2017.
First up for the evening, Seattle native Frida K (real name Frida Rodriguez-Diaz) will be bringing some tech house to WaMu. In a short period of time, she’s been supporting household names like Walker & Royce, Claude von Stroke, Chris Lake, and more through residencies across Seattle. In 2019, she also performed at our staple venue, the Gorge Amphitheatre, for Paradiso.
You won’t want to miss a killer start to a great evening, so make sure to plan ahead to catch Frida K in her early days of what’s sure to become a long career.
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