Sunday, Jun 07th, 2020 - 10:25:31


Bassnectar: "Smashers & Mashers ❧" (2010)

'Bassnectar began as a project of open-sourced musical experiments exploring the interplay between sound, light, communication, technology, and community. Bassnectar evolved in a San Francisco Bay Area commune and was initially identified with the visual arts rather with music created from movie technology like cameras. Bassnectar's original influences included Czech philosophers and punk rock bands such as Vaclav Havel, Stanislav Grof, Orbital, and Nirvana. In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with the Exhumed as a bⒶss player. Bassnectar experimented with LSD, MDMA, Ayahuasca, THC, Ketamine, & Psilocybin mushrooms at Goa raves in the mid-nineties, which led to the confluence of his bass-heavy and psychedelic style of electronic music. He has been creating genre-bending music since the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Pro Tools, Acid, Reaper, Cubase, and Ableton Live. Bassnectar describes his music as amorphous and ever-changing, which is reflected in the diverse sounds and personalities of his numerous albums, EPs, and podcasts. Bassnectar honed his style by playing at house parties in the San Francisco Bay Area, known at the time as DJ Lorin. He then began raining momentum sets at Burning Man, often playing up to 7-8 hours a night. Bassnectar released the first album in 2001 and performed live in concert for the first time in 2002. Bassnectar has openly advocated for causes such as free press and true media, net neutrality, ending corporate personhood, public knowledge, and the non-profit organization Conscious Alliance. Some of the tracks are inter-laced with voice samples of a socio-political nature, including clips from Martin Luther King, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Michael Ruppert, and Fred Hampton. Bassnectar has been a strong advocate of charity, and in 2011, he donated $1 from every ticket sold on his tour to charity via the "Dollar Per Basshead" campaign. This amounted to $250,000 distributed across three charities — Alternet, Free Press (organization), and Reach Out (non-profit) — which were voted upon by fans. The Dollar Per Basshead campaign continued in 2012 and 2013, and once again fans were able to vote in order to determine the distribution of $100,000 each year across a variety of progressive organizations.'
+ Bassnectar:
+ Alternet:
+ Bassnectar - Free Press Summer Festival 2013 - #FPSF:
+ Reach Out:


+ Amp Live - "Hot Right Now" (Bassnectar Remix) [OFFICIAL]:
+ Bassnectar - "Wildstyle Method" (feat. 40 Love) [OFFICIAL]:
+ Bassnectar - "Now" (Ft. Rye Rye):
+ Bassnectar - "Open Up" (Ft. Simon Morel):

'Bassnectar is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music, commonly referred to simply as the EDM scene. He is the original long hair behind the tables, having been in the game well before most of his contemporaries and amassing an epic fan base and having sold over 220k tickets to his solo shows alone in 2012. His art brazenly oversteps the bounds of contemporary EDM, pulling from a dynamic array of source material and attracting lovers of all genres, from dubstep to metal, punk rock, hip hop, and all forms of EDM (drum & bass, trip hop, etc) and beyond. His art is more than just an auditory experience; it serves to evoke all human senses with live shows that feature unparalleled light shows and awe-inspiring visual queues. Bassnectar intends to not only foster its own community of loyal Bass Heads, but also contribute to the global community at large through charity and social change by giving one dollar from every ticket sold to a non-profit, as part of his “Dollar Per Bass Head” Program. Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lord Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist.'
+ Bassnectar Soundcloud:

+ Bassnectar "BBC Radio Mix 2010" (Pt. 1) [OFFICIAL]:
+ Bassnectar "BBC Mix 2010" (Pt. 2) [OFFICIAL]:
+ Bassnectar - "Colorstorm" (2012) [OFFICIAL]:
+ Bassnectar - "IDJ Mixtape" (2010):
+ Bassnectar - "Smashers and Mashers" (2007):
+ Bassnectar - Leftfield Downtempo Mix:
+ Bassnectar - Amorphous Music Mixtape Vol 7:

'Of the hundreds of raucous punk protest concerts organized by Positive Force, the enduring Washington DC youth activist collective, only one gave President George HW Bush insomnia and Fugazi near-frostbite. Called the Punk Percussion Protest and War On Poverty Not In the Middle East, the now-infamous demonstration was staged directly in front of the White House on 12 January 1991. Long planned as a multi-artist rally that would draw attention to homelessness in America, the event took a hairpin turn as Operation Desert Storm grew imminent.

“The timing of this was unbelievable. Suddenly, they’d set a date to bomb Iraq, and the date we had the permit for the park was a couple of days before it,” recalled Ian MacKaye, frontman of Fugazi, the headliners of the show. The city’s punk dissenters arrived en masse, braving bracing temperatures. “Not only was it cold, but it was raining and snowing. It was a miserable day, and yet thousands of people came out. It was a pretty incredible show.”

It reached its intended ears, as well – Bush’s reported complaint about the demonstration – “Those damned drums are keeping me up all night” – made national ❤ newspapers.'
+ Positive Force: the film that remembers when punk took on the White House:

Back to Top