The Master of Bass – Bassnectar [SAMF Artist Spotlight]

Who: Lorin Ashton

Born: February 19, 1977 (He is 36, duh.)

Origin: San Francisco, California

Resides: Santa Cruz, California

Genres: “Freestyle Amorphous Music” – including but not limited to: Breakbreat, Dubstep, Glitch, Trap, Drum and Bass

Influences: Most Notably: Nirvana & Metallica. Others: NWA, Simon and Garfunkel, The Cure, The Field of Dreams Soundtrack, Sibilant, Metal Spark, Cannibal Corpse, Frank Zappa, The Who, REM, Salt N Peppa, Run DMC, Led Zeppelin, Mozart and Beethoven. Basically, everything.

Lorin claims that “Bassnectar is an amalgamation of every sound I’ve every heard, mixed with wicked basslines…”

Labels: Amorphous Music, Om Records, Ultra Records, Ministry of Sound

Upcoming Shows: The Quebec City Summer Festival, Camp Bisco, Hard Summer, Bumbershoot, Electric Zoo, Voodoo Festival, Mountain Oasis, Breakaway Music Festival

SAMF Info: Saturday | 9:45-11:00 | Da Main Stage 1

The title of this post is no lie. I don’t even have to see Lorin’s set to know that it will be one of the best. If your looking to make a few memories this summer in the Chi, Bassnectar is your man. Mr. Ashton is notorious for putting on a one-of-a-kind live show, with the lasers to back it up.  This man has the uncanny ability to morph any genre of music, and we mean any, into his signature sound “Freestyle Amorphous Music.”

So what exactly is that you ask? Well, it’s a bit tricky to explain. Bassnectar is positively giant, we are sure many of you have heard some of his jams. And if you haven’t, tisk tisk. Just rock out on some of his sounds below. I’m sure you’ll get the big picture.

Lorin Ashton started his musical career playing session bass for an American death metal group by the name of Exhumed. Shortly after, his musical path diverged after becoming enthralled with the 90’s rave scene. He felt an overwhelming sense of comfort and welcome by this new establishment, which led to the coagulation of his latter style as well as his most current electronic vibe. We thank God everyday that this happened. What if there was no Bassnectar? All of us EDM hummingbirds would go wanting. We need that sweet juice that Lorin secretes in the form of mind altering, earth shattering bass music.

Since the switch, a plethora of fame and fortune have come Bassnectar’s way. In 2012, Lorin Ashton sold over 250,000 tickets! And that is not including festival ticket sales (where he is usually headlining at). He has recorded 9 full-length studio albums to date and released over 35 singles, EP’s and mixtapes. In our opinion, Bassnectar works harder than almost every producer in the game, with maybe a few exceptions. His repertoire does not lie and very soon you will have the chance to see what all this hype is really about.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s get ready. All praise to The Master of Bass: Lorin Ashton.

See you there…

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