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Background information
Also known as
  • Lorin Ashton
  • DJ Lorin
Born (1978-02-16) February 16, 1978 (age 38)[1]
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.[2][3]


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.[4] 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.[5] He began creating music in the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Vision/OpCode, Reason, and Ableton Live.[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.[5] 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.

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, and Wakarusa. In 2012, Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets, not including festivals.[5]

Bassnectar finished in fourth place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[9]



Year Album Peak positions

2003 Motions of Mutation
2004 Diverse Systems of Throb
2005 Mesmerizing The Ultra
2007 Underground Communication
2009 Cozza Frenzy 24
2011 Divergent Spectrum 42 2
2012 Vava Voom 34 2
2014 Noise vs. Beauty 21 1
2015 Into the Sun 46 1
2016 Unlimited 49 1


Year Title Peak positions

2008 Heads Up
2009 Art of Revolution
2010 Timestretch
2010 Wildstyle 102 3
2012 Divergent Spectrum Remixes
2012 Freestyle 79 3
2013 Take You Down
2014 NVSB Remixes


Year Title Album
2002 "Float" Non-album single
2004 "Creation Lullaby" Diverse Systems of Throb
2005 "Booty Line/California Sunrise" Non-album single
"Taurine Thruster" Motions of Mutation
"Everybody" Mesmerizing The Ultra
2006 "Blue State Riddim"
2007 "Yo"
(featuring Kristina Maria)
Underground Communication
"Bomb Tha Blocks"
(featuring Persia)
2008 "Viva Tibet"
(produced with Freq Nasty; released for's "March to Tibet" campaign
Non-album single
2009 "Land of the Lupes"
2010 "Here We Go" Timestretch EP
"Bass Head"
"Magical World"
(featuring Nelly Furtado)
Non-album single
"Wildstyle Method" Wildstyle EP
2011 "Upside Down" Divergent Spectrum
"Above and Beyond"
(with Seth Drake)
2012 "Vava Voom"
(with Lupe Fiasco)
Vava Voom
(with Amplive)
2014 "Now"
(featuring Rye Rye)
Noise vs. Beauty
"You & Me"
(featuring W Darling)[12]
2015 "DJ Sona's Ultimate Skin Music"
(released as Concussive (Bassnectar x Renholdër))
Non-album single
2016 "Speakerbox"
(re-released as Promotional The Fate of the Furious)
Into the Sun


Year Title
1999 Dreamtempo
2001 Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks
2002 Beatfreak Bohemia
2006 2006 BBC Pacific Breaks Special
2008 Smashers & Mashers
Leftfield Downtempo Hyphop
2009 Live Mixset for KISS FM
2010 2010 IDJ Mixtape
Bassnectar BBC Mixtape
2011 Color Storm Remixtape
2012 2012 BBC MistaJam Mixtape
Amorphous Music Mixtape Volume 7
European Vacation Mix
Freestyle Mixtape
2013 Immersive Music Mixtape Part One & Two
2015 Mixtape 13
2016 Night Owl Radio 057 ft. Bassnectar Takeover


Year Title Artist
2009 "Teleport Massive"
(featuring Zumbi)
2010 "Prince" Deftones
2011 "Lights" Ellie Goulding
"Immigraniada" Gogol Bordello
2013 "Alkher Illa Doffor" Cheb i sabbah
"Rez" Underworld
2014 "Feeling Good" Nina Simone
2015 "Midnight" Joker
"Beauty Of The Unhidden Heart" The Glitch Mob


  • "Bomb Tha Blocks" (2007)
  • "Vava Voom" (2012)
  • "Ugly" (2012)
  • "Midnight" by Joker (Bassnectar Remix) (2015)
  • "Reaching Out" (2016)
  • "TKO" (2016)


  1. ^ Bassnectar (16 February 2012). "Happy birthday tweet". Twitter. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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]
  4. ^ "Bassnectar: About". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "EM Talks with Bassnectar". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Golden, Ean. "Bassnectar Extended Interview". DJ TechTools. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "2013 Results - America's Best DJ". Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  10. ^ a b "Bassnectar - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Bassnectar - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Murray, Nick (2014-05-20). "Hear Bassnectar's Massive New 'You & Me' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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