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Background information
Also known as
  • Lorin Ashton
  • DJ Lorin
Born February 16[1] or (1978-02-19) February 19, 1978 (age 39)[2]
Origin Santa Cruz, California, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active 1996–present
  • Amorphous
  • Om
  • Destroid

Lorin Ashton, better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer.[3][4]


Early career[edit]

Ashton grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and initially identified with visual arts rather than music, creating movies with his dad’s camera at the age of ten.[5] He experienced an immediate sense of welcome and comfort going to raves in the mid-nineties, which led to the confluence of his heavy and electronic style of music.[6] He began creating music in the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Vision/OpCode, Reason, and Ableton Live.[7][8] In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with Exhumed as a bass player.[9]

Bassnectar played house parties in the San Francisco Bay Area and began gaining momentum at Burning Man, often playing up to 7 sets a night.[6] He released his first album in 2001 and performed as Bassnectar for the first time in 2002.


Bassnectar's musical influences include metal and rock bands such as Metallica, Megadeth and Nirvana.[citation needed]

Tours and live performances[edit]

Bassnectar performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Coachella, the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Electric Forest Festival, Lollapalooza, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and Wakarusa. In 2012, Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets, not including festivals.[6]

Bassnectar finished in fourth place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[10]



  1. ^ Bassnectar (16 February 2012). "Happy birthday tweet". Twitter. 
  2. ^ "HAPPY BiRTHDAY LORiN !!!". 19 February 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Walker, Rob (2008). Buying in: the secret dialogue between what we buy and who we are. Random House. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-4000-6391-8. 
  4. ^ Mallory Gnaegy (November 19, 2009). "Bash with Bassnectar — Bring your earplugs, and feed on the dirty bass". Vox Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-17. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Bassnectar: About". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Ian S. Port (2012-11-28). "Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music - Page 1 - Music - San Francisco". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  7. ^ "EM Talks with Bassnectar". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Golden, Ean. "Bassnectar Extended Interview". DJ TechTools. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "2013 Results - America's Best DJ". Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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