Genre: Electronica, Dubstep
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California
Albums: Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks (2001); Beatfreak Bohemia (2002); Motions of Mutation (2003); Diverse Systems of Throb (2004); Mesmerizing The Ultra (2005); Underground Communication (2007); Cozza Frenzy (2009); Divergent Spectrum (2011)
Lorin Ashton grew up in California with no formal musical training, but knew what he liked to hear. He quickly discovered he liked to play around with those favorite songs, speeding them up, slowing them down, and most importantly, combining them. With access to a computer, he experimented with mixing his favorite tracks, learning as he went. What started as a hobby for Lorin Ashton turned into a successful career as one of the biggest acts in electronica: Bassnectar.
Ashton took the name Bassnectar from a bumper sticker he saw in the 90's that read "Butterfly beings drink bassnectar." His musical style is heavy on bass, so much so ear plugs are passed out before shows. While bass is the constant, he draws from a number of genres when composing his mixes, everything from hip hop to melodic rock.
His first album arrived in 2001, Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks. In the remainder of the decade he released six additional albums. Though none of them charted, that's not how success is defined for him. Bassnectar's popularity is not fueled by top 40 radio airplay, but energetic, visual live performances and an intense online presence that began with MySpace and has sense evolved to include his own website and Twitter.
Bassnectar expanded his influence in 2010 with the first Bass Center Festival. The inaugural event took place at First Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and featured a number of new and established electronic artists. Like a number of modern festivals it included a variety of entertainment options, including circus performers.
Bassnectar's live shows are equal parts audio and visual, usually featuring screens playing dazzling imagery that mixes fluidly with the beats. The crowds can be easily as colorful and bright, making for a can't-miss experience. Get your tickets today!
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