|Bassnectar, also known as Lorin Ashton, is one of the major players of the American dubstep movement. Bassnectar’s production is distinguished by its accessible beats and audible positivity, accompanied by his signature light shows during live performances. Lorin is one of the original “underground” DJs, quietly growing his appeal since 1993 through a variety of raves in the California scene. Lorin is from the San Jose area and lived there until he was 18 years old. His original inspiration was not electronica, but musical acts like Metallica and Nirvana, and he was primarily into metal until he found EDM. If you’re looking for an amazing live performance, strong beats and great collaborations with other top DJs, buy your Bassnectar tickets today.
Albums and live shows
Perhaps the most famous album Bassnectar has come out with is Vava Voom, released in 2012 and was critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR and The New Yorker. The tour immediately following it sold out, bringing over 80,000 attendees to shows. Since then, Bassnectar has released his 2014 album, titled Noise vs Beauty, which features other major talents such as Rye Rye, Donnis, and Fashawn and Zion I.
Most people come to Bassnectar’s live shows because of the dazzling light shows that accompany the music. He made the top three hard tickets sales in 2011, alongside top EDM artists Deadmau5 and Tiesto. Bassnectar travels with his own custom sound rig and has headlined major festivals around the country, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, HARD and Ultra Music festival. Among his major single-track hits was his remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” which was No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart for 12 weeks straight, and in the top 10 for 28 weeks.
Hip-hop, metal and EDM culture
Lorin’s love of death metal from his teen years has been infused into his EDM-style songs through the intensity of his rave beats. The difference, according to Lorin in an interview with Pitch, is “When I found the rave scene, it was a similar underground type of sound, but it was extremely friendly and openhearted.” The transition into a culture that was more open and accepting made a big difference to Lorin, who is easily recognizable by his eccentric appearance. His waist-long dark-brown hair, for example, has not been cut for 15 years.
Lorin also believes in cutting down on the drug abuse that goes on at most musical acts. While he doesn’t support the war on drugs or the criminalization of mind-altering substances, he also doesn’t think that people should use these materials irresponsibly.
“It’s important to treat nervous systems as absolute treasures. That goes for recreational drugs, coffee, diets, etc. So of course, I’m horrified by how much drug use goes on, not just at dubstep shows but at concerts in general,” said Lorin in an interview with Pitch about the dangers of drug use.
The DJ does not use any drugs other than occasional glasses of wine and coffee due to his beliefs surrounding this issue.
Lorin Ashton is very politically involved and interested, and his college degree from was in Community Studies, which he described as “kind of social work and politics.” He is a fan of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Saul Williams and many others, and he spends a lot of time on the Internet listening to speeches. Some of his mixes have been put together to amplify the effects of some of his favorite public speakers, including “So Butterfly,” which is an 11-minute track featuring Noam Chomsky’s discussion about war crimes. Chomsky has also been featured by Lorin as an intro speaker on the second disc of his album Mesmerizing