Bassnectar just dropped a massive banger! Listen and read on…. Now you can start to get rowdy with upbeat bass in yo face. In this mix the tempo is up, the vibe is good, and the blend of genres is seamless. Completely mastered by the smooth and crafty Bassnectar touch. Get the DL before its gone and get some tickets to the next Bassnectar show. You will not be dissapointed! If you haven’t already, its time to turn your speakers up a little more.
San Francisco-based DJ/Producer Bassnectar just finished his Vava Voom tour, a 22-show trek across North America that supported his latest album. With every new tour, comes a new video project from Bassnectar and his team. “After every tour, we put together a video recap with highlights from the road,” the bass god tells Rolling Stone. “After playing Lolla[palooza] in Brazil, we hit the ground running with essentially five straight weeks of nonstop shows and travel and madness, and this little video shows a peek behind our biggest production to date.”
IMFmag was able to catch up with Lorin Ashton, known better by his moniker, Bassnectar, for a interview hours before his massive set at the inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival New York. We chatted about his early start in music, his preparation and production for each show, his latest album and tour and much much more. Special thanks to Chris and Carlos for setting up the interview!
IMFmag: Besides Metallica and Nirvana, who else would you say has influenced you?
Bassnectar: I’m influenced by the heavily emotional rock music like The Cure, or REM. I would also include Metallic and Nirvana in that. I’m really influenced by the genres or black metal and death metal. That was kind of like my high school days where I wanted to turn up that heavy rock influence a little bit more intense and then when I was 18 or 19 I started finding earlier, experimental rave music like acid techno and weird kinds of electronic jazz, trip-hop and house music and all that kind of stuff. It’s basically been an avalanche from there, every year finding new sounds and new artists. I’m not really interested in genres, I’ve had my short runs with certain genres where that’s all I want to listen too but now I just fucking love everything.
IMFmag: How old were you when you first started producing music?
Bassnectar: I was 12 or 13 when I started learning guitar and I was in death metal bands when I was in high school. We got pretty creative pretty early on, basically when I started smoking pot. We had little primitive four tracks, so we would record our own death metal demo tapes but I had a guitar effect processors for my guitar and there was a death metal show on the college radio station when I was 16 or 17 and it was on hella late at night and afterwords there was a techno show. I would set my tape before I went to bed so the tapes would be recording the death metal show and then bleed over into the techno show. So I just started listening to these weird sounds and trying emulate them with my guitar effects processor and get a mic to give myself a beat and just fuck around. It was a pretty emporhis exploration period, it wasn’t like a specific date that I started. When I got to college I took the program in electronic music and I’ve been full-time producing since 95 or 96.
Hit the jump to read the rest of our interview with Bassnectar!
For the first time ever MCP Presents (Camp Bisco and Lights All Night in Austin, TX) & C3 Presents (Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits) have teamed up to bring the CounterPoint Festival in Atlanta, GA on Sept 27-29th. The lineup looks monstrous and includes some of the biggest names in Electro including Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Skrillex, Avicii, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, M83, Excision, Alesso, Zed’s Dead, Big Gigantic along with a slew of others.
In my opinion this is one of the most stacked lineups I’ve seen so far for a primarily Electro festival and I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be one of the biggest throw downs of the year. Cya in ATL!
Check it out at http://www.counterpointfestival.com
Earlier this month Chicago Bassheads were treated with what will go down as one the most memorable shows to ever pass through Congress Theater. Not once, but twice. With Saturday’s show being sold out within 6 hours (which has only been done once before at Congress), and Sunday’s sold out as well, fans were treated with love in the form of brilliant lazers, colossal bass, extended sets and some of the best vibes we’ve ever experienced. Here’s our version of went down…
Almost two weeks ago California-based Electronic artist Bassnectar stormed through Chicago playing back-to-back sold out shows at Congress Theater. His Saturday night appearance sold out in less than 24 hours and due to the demand they added an additional day, having him play Sunday night too. If was my first time seeing him at an indoor venue – the other times have been outdoors at music festivals. I knew what to expect but at the same time I was curious as to how the show would feel being inside instead of out. The difference, night and day.
If you haven’t seen Bassnectar before it may be hard to visualize this, but it was a very intimate setting with his show indoors. When you’re outside there’s a lot to look at, various things happening at the same time so it’s very easy to get distracted. When you’re indoors, it’s Bassnectar, his lights, and the 4500 people you’re dancing with for a good 3 hours. No distractions, no way to avoid any of it unless you exit the venue. This made the show compared to my previous experiences that much better.
Despite having amazing music and a light show to match, the one thing that sets Bassnectar apart from a lot of his EDM peers is his positive message. Throughout the show he can be heard on the mic interacting with the crowd, spreading positive messages of love and ultimately enjoying life. His AmBASSador Program was in full effect, which accepts applications from devoted fans to serve as volunteers who are responsible for welcoming the crowd prior to the event, keeping audience members hydrated and happy throughout the show, and organizing projects that will engage fans in creative ways. He also lightened up the security level from TSA-style to a more friendlier style, allowing fans to bring in sealed water, toys, blow up items, backpacks, and more.
To sum this little rant up and let you view some of the photo-goodness before we release the video, I just wanted to say let out some of my thoughts. I HIGHLY recommend going to see him if you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed. At all. More DJ’s and producers should take notes on Bassnectar and how he does things – the scene and other shows may be a little friendlier. Shouts to our friends at React Presents for giving us the opportunity as always. Now hit the jump Bassheads!
We are giving away 1 pair of tickets to see Bassnectar’s sold out ‘Vava Voom Tour’ show this Saturday night at Congress Theater! Since we’re all about hooking our readers up with tickets, we figured why not for Bassnectar… The rules for entry are very simple, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook page for further details. We wish you the best of luck and good luck finding your face Saturday night.
There are a handful of pioneering American producers that have brought the EDM scene to the chart-topping, area-filling, and culturally influencing point that it has reached today. With Bassnectar’s ninth studio album, VAVA VOOM the West coast-bred Lorin cemented himself as a true master of his craft.
The album starts off with the title track featuring the hip-hop all-star Lupe Fiasco who is equally successful in his own rite in respect to his unique sounds and technique. The next few tracks flow hard and fast in Bassnectar style but switches gears as he moves to a tribute to Pennywise’s ‘Bro Hymn’.
Bassnectar’s ability to seamlessly produce music on such a wide range of melodies and emotion on one album is what makes this such an impressive piece of work. The softer layered ‘Laughter Creshendo’, ‘Butterfly’, and ‘Nothing Has Been Broken’ bring the listener easily out of the mid-range.
For those fortunate enough to have seen Bassnectar live as well as those who haven’t, this could not be a more exciting time for VAVA VOOM to be released. In the initial dates of his summer VAVA VOOM tour just beginning chances are there is a show coming to your city soon. Furthermore, the festival season has just begin to sprout out around the country and with already confirmed appearances at Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Electric Forest, and two shows at Red Rocks, and Chicago’s Lollapalooza you can catch him with thousands of others.
Check out the full-length streaming album below and don’t forget to support the music you love by purchasing the album here.