Bassnectar reveals first of four 2018 seasonal gatherings in Chicago

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After tweeting a short cryptic teaser that had the Bassnectar family clamoring over possible upcoming events, Bassnectar has officially revealed his return to Chicago, IL, March 30–31, 2018, after a seven year Windy City hiatus. The two-night run features an incredibly diverse cast of bass music’s most promising rising talent, including REZZ, TroyBoi, TOKiMONSTA, Ivy Lab, Danny Corn, and Bay Area newcomer Andreilien.

The theme of the spring time gathering, according to Bassnectar’s official blog, is set to “…celebrate the dawning of Spring: rebirth, regeneration, and a radiant gratitude for life.” The whole team promises to amp up all levels of art, music, interactivity, and community as well with staples like The Haven and The Gift Altar.

The spring announcement also comes as the first of four seasonal gatherings in 2018, of which Lorin Ashton presents as a bit of a jigsaw to be decoded by his devoted followers. The Bassnectar team will be planting tiny reveals and clues over the coming months as to dates, themes, locations, and line-up support. But for now:

 

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Pre-sale tickets for the Spring special event will go on sale Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm ET. Regular tickets will go on sale the following day, also at 12pm ET. Read the full announcement on Bassnectar’s official blog.

 

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Bassnectar unveils unearthly second single off upcoming EP [UPDATED]

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Still fresh off the news of his Atlanta NYE special event and the announcement of a headline appearance at Buku, Bassnectar has been focused on mastering and promoting his Reflective: Part Two EP, out December 1 on Amorphous Records. The bass music powerhouse recently teased the first single off the project, an earth-shattering track with Wakaan’s own Digital Ethos.

Now, Bassnectar shares another single featuring Dorfex Bos, which follows their initial “Horizons” collaboration on part one of the Reflective EP. Their sophomore collaboration, “Other Worlds,” while equally celestial and downtempo to its core, will take listeners into a completely different direction, instilling the two tracks with a yin and yang type of relationship.

“Other Worlds” utilizes a similar sound design as “Horizons,” with a repetitive grinding synth and “Shepard’s tone” effect that creates an auditory illusion effect on the ear, where listeners feel the tension as constant and never-ending. With each drop, however, rather than being taken down into a seismic direction, listeners are lifted a bit higher into the cosmos and gently dropped off on the track’s sublime lead out. The result is a track that is reminiscent of some 1980s Hans Zimmer-scored sci-fi film, taking listeners on a ride that goes up and down and around and round.

“Other Worlds” was inspired by a new collage from Sebastian Wahl, which we brought to life with the help of Black Lake Media. The collage shows portals emerge and unfold and evolve within and around a picture frame… a magical gateway, like the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia.

On a sunny day in Brooklyn I sat down with Dorfex Bos to write a piece of music to go along with the visuals, and the ideas just came pouring out. We finished the song in 24 hours flat, with various instruments and sounds mapped to various details and dimensions of the various worlds within the collage.

Pre-order for Bassnectar’s Reflective: Part Two EP is available November 17, 2017.

UPDATE: Bassnectar has just released the EP’s official tracklist, which includes his long-awaited remixes of Eprom‘s “Pineapple” and Naux Faux‘s “Psyopia,” along with a previously-teased track ID with G Jones that Ashton premiered at Hulaween a few weeks ago.

Tracklist:

1. Bassnectar & Dorfex Bos – Other Worlds

2. Bassnectar & Digital Ethos – Slather

3. Bassnectar & Peekaboo – Disrupt The System ft. Azeem

4. Bassnectar & G Jones – Chromatek

5. Eprom – Pineapple (Bassnectar Remix)

6. Naux Faux – Psyopia (Bassnectar Remix)

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After unleashing loads of new unreleased music Halloween weekend at Hulaween, amorphous bass music mastermind Bassnectar has just released the first single from Part Two of his Reflective EP pack.

The track, “Slather,” is a heavy bass collaboration with underground rising talent Digital Ethos, complete with complex synth work and his signature, seismic drops to boot. The entire track is a sonic journey of interstellar proportion, guaranteed to take listeners into omni-directional spaces with no chance of letting go until the track’s closure.

Following the release of Part One this summer, Bassnectar has announced a December 1st release date for his Reflective: Part 2 EP. Look out for the second single release, titled “Other Worlds,” out this Friday, November 10.

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For those who closely follow amorphous bass music producer Lorin Ashton, the man behind Bassnectar has been especially quiet as of late. The reason for this deliberate silence, as Ashton revealed on Twitter, is because he’s been tirelessly posted up in the lab working on the sequel to his two-part Reflective EP project, featuring collaborations with GnarGnar, Digital Ethos, and G Jones.

While headlining day one of Suwannee Hulaween this past weekend, Bassnectar dropped at least two new track IDs from his forthcoming EP. Thanks to a couple of hardcore members of the bass demigod’s cult following, unreleased Bassnectar music is now available for the masses.

The first track (above) is a heavy collaboration with rising bass music star Digital Ethos. Dubbed “Slather,” the track features spacey synths and electrifying drops. The second track (below) comes as a still-unidentified track with G Jones, and spawns an appropriately spooky tone with a couple of new and inventive drops that sound a lot like the auditory equivalent of an optical illusion.

No official announcement as to when Reflective Part 2 will be unveiled, but Bassnectar has alluded to a winter release date.

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Lights All Night unveils lineup for 2017

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Dallas’ Lights All Night has revealed its full lineup for 2017’s iteration of the festival, set fro December 29 and 30. The festival, the largest end-of-year production in the southern United States, is set to return to Dallas Market Hall for its eighth running with some of the biggest names in electronic music.

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The festival’s top line will make almost any other festival envious, featuring Bassnectar, Marshmello, Porter Robinson (performing a DJ set), Illenium, NGHTMRE, and Seven Lions. The quality continues down the bill, as AC Slater, Destructo, Drezo, Ookay, Morgan Page, BlackGummy, and many others will also be performing.

Addtionally, the festival has partnered with the Houston Food Bank and many of its top performers to donate over $20,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief.

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A considerable amount of time has passed since the Oregon Eclipse Gathering,  but exclusive sets continue to appear online as artists upload their live acts or, in some cases, even go as far as to re-record their sets.

Now former attendees and eclipse chasers from around the globe can now enjoy sets from the likes of Bassnectar, Minnesota, CloZee, and many more, organized into stage-by-stage playlists thanks to one SoundCloud user. From the deep, dark tech house of the Sky Stage, to the psytrance of the Earth Stage, to the festival’s bass head haven at The Moon Stage, over 50 live and re-recorded sets are available for stream from Oregon’s Global Eclipse Gathering, held Aug. 17-23, 2017.

Though international eclipse festivals are often based around trance and downtempo, make no mistake that the bass, jam, and house acts are actually considered guests in this awe-inspiring, transformative festival experience. Relive sets from the Global Eclipse Gathering’s Earth, Moon, Sun, and Sky stages below.

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Fresh off their Australian tour, the Atlanta-based duo have shared a highly-anticipated remix to Bassnectar & Dirtyphonics’ hard-hitting single “Watch Out” featuring the Ragga Twins. ATLiens take on the spring-released track combines their signature rhythmic vocal chops and robotic synth work over a seamless blend of heavy-hitting drums to bring it all together.

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Bassnectar: I’m ‘EXTREMELY disinterested’ in EDM, DJing in general

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in the mind of Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, then today is your lucky day. The electronic music producer has recently opened up in an interview with Westword, where he revealed a less-than-thrilled hot take on the dynamics of the current EDM scene, weighed in on his cult-like following, and more.

In recent years, Bassnectar has garnered a religious following of fans willing to travel far and wide to catch the artist’s sets. In the Westword interview, Ashton vocalizes a personal disconnect between his project and the way the world see’s his work. Speaking at great lengths about a multitude of topics, the artist provides a glimpse into his psyche. Opening up the interview with what he believes to be his place in the industry (or lack thereof), Ashton makes it clear he sees himself as an outsider looking in.

Well, to be clear, I 100 percent don’t feel like I’m any part of EDM any more than I’m part of hip-hop or rock and roll. And I don’t mean that coyly, like I’m dancing around the reality. I really, truly have never felt like I was a part of that.

But not only does the producer feel like an outsider, he’s also revealed that the collective EDM scene is failing to push out distinct content, stating:

I feel EXTREMELY — and you can put that in all caps — disinterested in EDM. There are very few EDM artists who I like musically. There are very few EDM artists who I’m impressed [with] or intrigued by their personality or what they’re projecting. But there are some artists who are making electronic music who are absolutely fantastic. And there’s more and more underground artists who — God knows what the f*ck to call them — are just very talented.

It’s becoming easier and easier to make music, just with technology evolving as it is. So, you know, whereas I used to collect and always collect promos and buy music and go treasure hunting, constantly crate digging for new records, in the last year, I’ll find a lot more good music than I did the year before. I think there’s a lot of good, inventive minds, but I don’t think they’re EDM. And I think EDM is something I just don’t know anything about. But it looks really silly to me.

Continuing the discussion on his disappointment in EDM as a whole, Ashton expressed great disdain for watching DJ’s stand behind a table pressing buttons in front of a crowd:

“I’m not saying this rudely to talk shit on anyone, but I truly feel so unimpressed by the concept of standing in a crowd and looking and one or two or three humans on stage dancing alone to music. It’s not that mind-blowing. Again, I’m not saying that all DJs suck except for me. I’m saying, me included, it’s preposterous.”

Ashton adds:

EDM is to reality TV era what Freestyle Sessions is to this different daydream. It’s this concept of interaction and participation. I don’t want to create a lot of expectations. I’m not trying to say this is better or it’s going to change your life or anything. It’s something that I know is meaningful to me that I don’t get to do. I don’t get to play music without being a spectacle. And I don’t get to play music to a smaller crowd. There are all these tiny little factors that I’m trying to put together to create this experience with other musicians and for the attendees. A lot of it has to do with the ergonomics of the event, trying to not centralize the focus, not have a stage.

Owning up to the idea that he is largely regarded as a granddaddy of the scene, Nectar offers his own take on how he will work to combat the issues in EDM. Using his event Freestyle Sessions this past weekend as an example, Nectar says:

“I really want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum and go super-special, super-intimate, super-creative, super-old school. It’s funny how many uphill battles you have to fight to get to do that. Getting them to let you play on the floor — like, I want to be on the floor, in a booth, and not looked at — not because I’m hiding. I want to provide people with this experience that I don’t think they necessarily get these days, which is just to be immersed in music and not be at a show, just to be at an event of dancing and immersion.”

Regardless of whether you adore Bassnectar’s music or can’t stand the bass, Ashton’s sincere devotion unto his craft and influence on the genre itself is unmistakable. Read the full interview here.

Via: Westword

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Bassnectar’s 2017 has been an extremely consistent one. Not only did the mercurial producer drop an extremely competent remix of Noisia’s ‘Get Deaded,’ as a part of the Outer Edges remix EP, but he also released a bold new EP of his own, titled Reflective.

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Electric Forest can get a little weird.

Bassnectar sets can get a little weird.

Combine the two, and what do you have?

A ‘nectar fan grilling a full steak dinner during Lorin’s set.

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Thanks to a Facebook group called Colorado Big Game Trophy Wook Hunters, the image of fan grilling during the first weekend of Electric Forest is preserved on the internet for all to see.

The caption itself is pure gold:

“The Wookout Cookout caught from deep inside the trenches at Bassnectar last Saturday at Electric Forest. This hunter-gatherer type wook claimed he had caught his provisions earlier in the day and was simply enjoying the meats of his labor to the sweet sounds of his ‘Lord and Savior Lorin.’ I left him to enjoy his Steaknectar in peace.”

It looks pretty delicious, to be honest.

H/T: EDMSauce

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