Losing My Electric Forest V-Card Pt 1: You Don’t Find the Forest, the Forest Finds You

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Bassnectar Opens Up About His Recent Distance From the Overall EDM Scene

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If you’re into electronic music in any way, shape, or form, it’s very likely that you have heard the name Bassnectar before. That name, and the man behind the project, Lorin Ashton, seem to be floating away from each other in their definitions. Bassnectar as a musical phenomenon has turned into a cult-like following where fans from

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5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list

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Electric Forest has cemented its name as one of the more unique festival offerings within North America. Set inside the beautiful outdoor setting of Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the event offers 4-days of top notch electronic music curation alongside a plethora of live and jam band acts. In such a crowded events space, standing out among the competition is no easy feat, yet year in and year out, Electric Forest attracts thousands of revelers for its mid-summer affair.

This year proved Electric Forest’s most ambitious yet, with the event expanding to back-to-back weekends at the end of June. Fresh off last week’s conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list.

All photos courtesy of Electric Forest


1. An abundance of live electronic music

Electric Forest is not your typical large-scale electronic music festival. For one, it boasts an exceptional amount of live electronic acts versus purely DJ-driven performances. Across both weekends, hybrid acts like Bob Moses, Thievery Corporation, ODESZA, and Big Gigantic enraptured crowds with a mixture of sequenced electronic beats and improvised live elements. Bolstered by the festival’s emphasis on jam band acts like Lotus and Lettuce, along with purely electronic acts like Bassnectar and Rezz, these hybrid electronic artists ultimately proved the perfect middle ground to satisfy all fans’ cravings.

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2. Surprise collaborations abound

The spirit of collaboration runs strong at Electric Forest. Nowhere is this more evident than the plethora of guest appearances, stage collaborations, and back-to-back performances that inevitably spring up throughout the weekend. This past weekend, for instance, Big Gigantic and The String Cheese Incident teamed up to become ‘The Big Gigantic Incident,’ while Matisyahu joined Trevor Hall on stage to perform “Unity.” What’s more, during Matisyahu’s own performance, a member from Preservation Hall Jazz Band filled in to play keys. These kind of surprise collaborations were pervasive throughout the weekend, and wholly appreciated.

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3. Discovering new artists

It’s easy to fall into the routine of only capturing the more noteworthy artists at a festival, but at an event like Electric Forest, half the experience is discovering brand new acts. Much of this is facilitated by curiously wandering the massive venue, blindly stumbling into different theaters and tents. Such is the case with one performer, Dixon’s Violin, who many attendees might never have experienced were it not for his 3-night successive run from the outdoor Observatory stage. Those who chanced upon his late-night musical musings were fortunate enough to discover a virtuosic violin performer blending classical music tropes with live electronic looping for a truly spell-binding show.

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4. Activities and art at every corner

Outside of the music, Electric Forest provided an endless amount of options to pass one’s time. From slacklining, to Sanskrit mantra meditations, every corner of the forest seemed to provide a new adventure. The center of the forest itself was akin to a teeming bazaar of art, with painters showcasing their work live to a backdrop of curious spectators buzzing about. Mornings began with yoga and meditation, while night time offerings include things like silent discos or renegade campsite parties.

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5. The Forest itself

At the end of the day, what truly sets Electric Forest apart from the pack, making it a necessary addition to anyone’s festival bucket list, is its one-of-a-kind venue: Double JJ Ranch. While the prospect of a festival set in a forest is tantalizing enough, Double JJ Ranch is uniquely suited for a large-scale concert experience. With its massive clearings, wide walkways, and towering trees, it’s as if the forest itself has been perfectly tailored to the needs of a music festival — or rather yet, more likely, it’s vastly evident that the team behind Electric Forest has gone above and beyond to build the perfect festival within a forest.

Watch Bassnectar’s Electric Forest set in full

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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.

Continuing in his recent stylistic vein, Lorin Ashton recently delivered a memorable live performance at Electric Forest – essentially a master class in bass music. A fan-made video captured the raucous action in its unadulterated form, as attendees can be seeing cutting loose to Bassnectar’s selection of hardcore bass music which features some low frequency monsters by Noisia, Datsik and of course Bassnectar himself – further cementing his formidable reputation as a fan favorite.

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Flume debuts heavy unreleased track at Electric Forest [Video]

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In May, Flume concluded the extended run of his Skin companion releases with his Kučka collaboration, “Hyperreal.” Since then, Harley Streten has kept one foot in the limelight through his behind-the-scenes involvement in major projects, featuring on Lorde’s “The Louvre” and contributing to Vince Staples’ “Yeah Right” alongside Kendrick Lamar, SOPHIE, and, once again, Kučka.

It now appears that the Australian hitmaker may have a new hit of his own on the horizon. During Streten’s headlining set at Electric Forest this past weekend, many fans reported hearing a formidable unreleased track. Today, July 3, festival attendee Cameron LeMaire sent fans on the artist’s dedicated sub-Reddit into a state of fervor, uploading footage of the song in question.

Flume’s apparent new track continues the heavier direction he’s demonstrated in recent releases such as his Pusha T collaboration, “Enough.” Beginning just before the one-minute mark in the video below, the production progresses from detuned synths and erratic rhythms into an abrasive, trap-leaning sonic eruption. Hopefully, Flume’s following won’t have to wait long to see a release for this monstrous output.

H/T: Reddit (r/flume)

Featured image by David Wolff via Patrick/Redferns.

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Michigan State Police Trade Custom Kandi At Electric Forest And It’s Awesome

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Music festivals and police have always had a complicated relationship. While a police presence is entirely necessary in case things go wrong for whatever reason the intrinsic ideals of a music festival including freedom from society are hindered by an overly intense police presence. That is why when we see stories like this around the

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Electric Forest attendee grills full steak dinner during Bassnectar set

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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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The Real McLovin Surprises Fan Carrying Totem at Electric Forest

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Superbad star Christopher Mintz-Plasse took to the Forest for Weekend 1.

Grand Rapids Man Robbed At Gunpoint For Electric Forest Tickets

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It was reported by the local news outlet in Grand Rapids, MI (the city closest to Rothbury where Electric Forest takes place) that a local man got mugged at gunpoint for tickets to Electric Forest which is currently taking place. Stolen Tickets, Suspect Still At Large Apparently the man set up a deal to sell

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Wook Seen Grilling Full Steak Dinner In Crowd During Bassnectar At Electric Forest

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I have been known to wook out from time to time. Sometimes when you cover music festivals as often as I do it just happens. The shoes come off, you turn off reality and before you know it – you are 2 sets deep in Biscuits up to your eyeballs in Ketamine. It happens to

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