As the brain child of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar blossomed in the early 00s as a sweet explosion of genre-bending electronic music…with lots of bass. It’s the kind of music you listen to with your body just as much as your ears, and fans can’t get enough. The light shows and raw bass have created a dedicated fan base, with people following Ashton across across the country, from venue to venue as he tours. Bassnectar lovers, or “bass heads”, have created an inclusive community and take a family photo taken at the end of every show, as seen here:
Growing up Ashton was heavily influenced by raw rock and grunge artists such as Metallica and Nirvana, rap/hip-hop beats from artists such as Run DMC and NWA, and electronic inspiration from Orbital. Though his influences are clear in his music, Ashton’s talent shines with his fresh, unique style which helped bring dubstep into pop culture. Ashton says it best: “I guess Bassnectar is an amalgamation of every sound I’ve ever heard, mixed with ultra wicked basslines…”
Technically, Bassnectar has been on tour since 2009, playing shows and festivals across the US (and the world) such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, and the Electric Daisy Carnival. However, in late June he released a set of new tour dates focusing on his new album, Vava Voom, beginning in Greensboro, NC on September 27th. Hip-hop/electro fusion duo Gramatik and Gladkill will open for Bassnectar on all dates while Ghostland Observatory will perform on the San Francisco date, and Germany’s Zedd will perform at the Minneapolis show. But with Bassnectar’s history of working with artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Ellie Goulding Gogol Bordello, Jantsen and countless others, we’re sure to see more special guests join the upcoming tour.
Check out Bassnectar’s fresh set of tour dates for this fall here.