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Background information
Birth nameLorin Ashton
Also known as
  • DJ Lorin
  • King of the Sound
  • West Coast Lo-Fi
OriginSanta Cruz, California, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
Years active1996–2020

Lorin Ashton, better known under his stage name Bassnectar, is an American DJ and record producer.[1][2]


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.[3] When he was 16 years old he played in a death metal band named Pale Existence, which contributed to his heavy style of music.[4] In the following years, he became increasingly 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.[5] He began creating music in the 1990s, using Opcode Systems Studio Vision Pro.[6][7] In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with Exhumed as a bass player.[8]

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.[4] He released his first album in 2001 and performed as Bassnectar for the first time in 2002. He was previously known as DJ Lorin.[citation needed]

On July 3, 2020, Bassnectar announced that he was "stepping back" from music, amid allegations of sexual misconduct that had been disseminated on social media. He denied the most recent allegations as being "untrue", albeit admitting that "some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry." [9]

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.[4]

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

In 2015, Bassnectar stopped touring and shifted focus playing the festival circuit, and curating his own events.[11]One such event, named 'Deja Voom'.[12] took place from February 27 through March 2, 2019[12] at the Barcelo Maya Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Deja Voom hosted artists across five stages: Pool Party, Beach Stage, Deja Room, Voom Room, and The Oasis.[13] These spaces brought different sub genres of electronic bass music to cater to a variety of music tastes.


Studio albums


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Mallory Gnaegy (November 19, 2009). "Bash with Bassnectar — Bring your earplugs, and feed on the dirty bass". Vox Magazine. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bassnectar: About". Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Ian S. Port (November 28, 2012). "Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music - Page 1 - Music - San Francisco". SF Weekly. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Press". Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "EM Talks with Bassnectar". Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  7. ^ Golden, Ean. "Bassnectar Extended Interview". DJ TechTools. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Andy O’Connor (January 29, 2014). "Exhumed's Necrocracy: San Jose gore/grind outfit gets political – for free - Music". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Kreps, Daniel (July 5, 2020). "Bassnectar 'Stepping Back' From Music After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  10. ^ "2013 Results - America's Best DJ". Archived from the original on August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Bassnectar - Reflective (Part 2) - OUT NOW!". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Bassnectar - Reflective 3 - Aug 24". Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bassnectar - Reflective 3 - Aug 24". Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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