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Background information
Also known as Lorin Ashton
Born (1978-02-19) February 19, 1978 (age 37)
Origin Santa Cruz, California, United States
Genres Experimental Freestyle Electronic Music, Breakbeat, dubstep, drumstep, glitch, downtempo, glitch hop, trap, Drum and bass
Years active 1993–present
Labels Amorphous Music
Om Records, Destroid Music
Associated acts Datsik
Ellie Goulding
Lupe Fiasco
Mimi Page
Zion I
Nelly Furtado

Lorin Ashton, better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer.[1] He is best known for his live performances, light shows, and community engagement.[2]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Lorin grew up in a San Francisco Bay Area commune and initially identified with visual arts rather than music, creating movies with his dad’s camera at the age of ten.[3] Bassnectar's original musical influences included metal and rock bands such as Metallica, Megadeth and Nirvana. These influences are clearly integrated in tracks such as "Pennywise Tribute", "Seek and Destroy (Bassnectar Remix)", and "Boomerang", which combines samples of heavy metal & punk with overwhelming basslines. Bassnectar has also stated that early ambient artists, such as Orbital, played a major influence in his style; the chords from Orbital's 1991 hit "Halcyon" can be heard in Bassnectar's track entitled "Empathy", off the "Vava Voom" album.[4] In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with Exhumed as a bass player.[5]

Bassnectar 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 has been creating genre-bending music since the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Vision/OpCode, Reason, and Ableton Live.[7][8] Bassnectar describes his music as amorphous and ever-changing, which is reflected in the diverse sounds and personalities of his numerous albums, EPs, and podcasts.

Bassnectar honed his style playing house parties in the San Francisco Bay Area and began gaining momentum at Burning Man, often playing up to 7 sets a night.[6] Lorin began the project as an open-sourced musical experiment exploring the interplay between music and community.[3] He released his first album in 2001 and performed as Bassnectar for the first time in 2002. Since gaining momentum and commercial acclaim, Bassnectar has collaborated with and remixed a host of artists and producers, including Lupe Fiasco, Perry Farrell, Ellie Goulding, Gogol Bordello, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Datsik, Andy C, ill.Gates, Mimi Page, Excision and Jantsen, among others.[9]

Tours and live performances[edit]

Bassnectar is distinguished by his live performances and light shows. Since 2005, he has been touring constantly in the States as well as overseas, including performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as another in 2015. He also has a special performance each New Year's Eve. His performance for New Year's Eve 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN sold out to 13,000 fans+, and a sequel event took place for New Year's Eve 2012, 2013 and 2014, with Bassnectar performing from a rotating stage at the center of the arena, thus giving an incredible view to all 13,000+ attendees.[10] Bassnectar also performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Coachella, the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Electric Forest Festival, Lollapalooza, and Wakarusa. In 2012 alone Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets (not including festivals).[6] The scale of these shows have come to embody Bassnectar's vision; he mentioned upon his 2011 release Divergent Spectrum that "this is a collection of songs I have created for maximum impact in large settings on massive sound systems for groups of people who want to get wild."[11]

Bassnectar has coordinated a number of large regional events called "Bass Centers" in addition to his tour performances. The original Bass Center took place in October 2010 at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.[12] Since then, the Bass Center legacy has continued through seven installments, the most recent being Bass Center 8 at a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, which took place in October 2014, four years after the original Bass Center debuted. Each Bass Center has proved to be massive, including special opening acts, musical collaborations, and circus-style performances.

Bassnectar finished in 4th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[13]

Lorin has put on some of his biggest productions for New Year's Eve. Named NYE 360°, Lorin and his crew construct a massive stage positioned in the middle of an arena, which slowly rotates as he plays an extended set to send fans into the new year. The most recent NYE show was the most amount of tickets the Bassnectar Crew has sold for a one-night event, and with a massive rotating stage, a state-of-the-art sound system, and fans coming from all over the country, it proves to be one of the must-see events of the year.

Lorin also has thrown a two-night annual event known as BassLights from 2012 through 2015. Bassnectar and crew pairs with Pretty Lights to bring the yearly event to the Hampton Coliseum around Christmas.

Community and causes[edit]

Bassnectar has openly advocated for causes such as free press and true media, net neutrality, ending corporate personhood, public knowledge, and the non-profit organization Conscious Alliance. Some of his tracks are laced with voice samples of a socio-political nature, including clips from Martin Luther King, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Michael Ruppert, and Fred Hampton. Bassnectar has been a strong advocate of charity, and in 2011, he donated $1 from every ticket sold on his tour to charity via the "Dollar Per Basshead" campaign.[14] This amounted to $250,000 distributed across three charities[15]Alternet, Free Press (organization), and Reach Out (non-profit) — which were voted upon by fans.[16] The Dollar Per Basshead campaign continued in 2012 and 2013, and once again fans were able to vote in order to determine the distribution of $100,000 each year across a variety of progressive organizations.[17]

The Bassnectar movement has resulted in a community of like-minded fans that refer to themselves as "Bass Heads"[18] and travel frequently to attend his live performances,.[19] To recognize this community, Bassnectar events always feature a short break toward the end of the show in order to take a "family photo," during which Bassnectar faces the rear of the stage and the photo is taken with the entire crowd behind him. Family photos are always posted for the online community after the event.[20] In spring 2013 Bassnectar recognized the dedication of his fanbase by launching #Passnectar, in which he would give away VIP season passes for the upcoming tour.[21]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 2002 Float
  • 2004 Creation Lullaby
  • 2005 Booty Line / California Sunrise
  • 2005 Taurine Thruster
  • 2005 Everybody
  • 2006 Blue State Riddim
  • 2007 Yo (feat. Kristina Maria)
  • 2007 Bomb Tha Blocks
  • 2008 Viva Tibet (Produced with Freq Nasty, this song was released exclusively on in support of their "March to Tibet" action campaign.)
  • 2008 Heads Up EP
  • 2009 Art of Revolution EP
  • 2009 Land of the Lupes
  • 2010 Timestretch EP
  • 2010 Here We Go
  • 2010 Bass Head
  • 2010 Magical World (feat. Nelly Furtado)
  • 2010 Wildstyle EP - US Billboard 200 peak: #102
  • 2010 Wildstyle Method
  • 2010 Deftones - Prince (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2011 Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2011 Upside Down
  • 2011 Bassnectar & Seth Drake - Above and Beyond
  • 2012 Vava Voom (Bassnectar & Lupe Fiasco)
  • 2012 Ugly (Bassnectar & Amplive)
  • 2012 Divergent Spectrum Remixes EP
  • 2012 Up All Night Vol. 2 - Dark Room
  • 2012 Freestyle EP - US Billboard 200 peak: #79
  • 2013 Take You Down EP
  • 2014 Now featuring Rye Rye
  • 2014 You & Me featuring W Darling[22]
  • 2014 NVSB Remixes EP
  • 2015 DJ Sona's Ultimate Skin Music - Concussive (Bassnectar x Renholdër)"


  • 1999 Dreamtempo
  • 2006 2006 BBC Pacific Breaks Special
  • 2008 Smashers & Mashers
  • 2008 Leftfield Downtempo Hyphop
  • 2009 Live Mixset for KISS FM
  • 2010 2010 IDJ Mixtape
  • 2010 Bassnectar BBC Mixtape
  • 2011 Color Storm Remixtape
  • 2012 2012 BBC MistaJam Mixtape
  • 2012 Amorphous Music Mixtape Volume 7
  • 2012 European Vacation Mix
  • 2012 Freestyle Mixtape
  • 2013 Immersive Music Mixtape Part One & Two
  • 2015 Mixtape 13


  • 2011 Lights - Ellie Goulding (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2011 Gogol Bordello - Immigraniada (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2013 cheb i sabbah - Alkher Illa Doffor (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2014 Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2015 Joker - Midnight (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2015 The Glitch Mob - Beauty Of The Unhidden Heart (Bassnectar Remix)
  • 2013 Underworld - Rez (Bassnectar Remix)


  • 2005 Magical World
  • 2007 Bomb Tha Blocks
  • 2012 Vava Voom
  • 2012 Ugly
  • 2015 "Midnight" by Joker (Bassnectar Remix)


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  12. ^ "10/23/10: 1st Bass Center". Bassnectar.Net. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  13. ^ "2013 Results - America's Best DJ". Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  14. ^ "Bassnectar Bio, Music, News & Shows". Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ Pratt, Mark (2012-03-21). "Ultra Music Festival 2012: Bassnectar Thinks Dubstep Is Old News - Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach - Music - County Grind". Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  16. ^ "Dollar Per Basshead - The Results". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dollar Per Bass Head". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Heads" as reference to the Deadhead community centered around The Grateful Dead.[citation needed]
  19. ^ "BNF". Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "EDM artist Bassnectar likes to consider the possibilities -". Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  21. ^ "#Passnectar – Win A Spring Tour Season Pass". Bassnectar.Net. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  22. ^ Murray, Nick (2014-05-20). "Hear Bassnectar's Massive New 'You & Me' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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