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|Born||February 18, 1978|
|Origin||Santa Cruz, California, United States|
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. 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. In the following years, he became exceedingly more involved in the scene, promoting shows, distributing food and assistance to concertgoers, buying records and eventually learning to DJ after studying electronic music production.  He began creating music in the 1990s, using Opcode Systems Studio Vision Pro. In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with Exhumed as a bass player.
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. He released his first album in 2001 and performed as Bassnectar for the first time in 2002. He was previously known as DJ Lorin.
Ashton created the name Bassnectar after he met one of the members of DJ collective Spaceship Gaia in Santa Cruz, California. Ashton and his friends were on the beach when the man and his friends approached him. The man handed Ashton a sticker that said "Butterfly Beings Drink Bass Nectar" and he decided if he would ever start his own heavy metal band, he would name it Bassnectar. His fans are known as bassheads and they are known to bang their heads as if at a rock concert when experiencing his music.
Tours and live performances
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, Life is Beautiful Festival, Oregon Eclipse, Wakarusa. In 2012, Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets, not including festivals.
He stopped touring to host his own events and what he calls "family gatherings", two- to three-day events.
- Motions of Mutation (2003)
- Diverse Systems of Throb (2004)
- Mesmerizing The Ultra (2005)
- Underground Communication (2007)
- Cozza Frenzy (2009)
- Timestretch (2010)
- Divergent Spectrum (2011)
- Vava Voom (2012)
- Noise vs. Beauty (2014)
- Into the Sun (2015)
- Unlimited (2016)
- Reflective Part 1 (2017)
- Reflective Part 2 (2017)
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