Ashton grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up on a commune until the age of five when his parents became born-again Christians. He initially identified with visual arts rather than music, creating movies with his dad’s camera at the age of ten.
Ashton's first musical interests he discovered while he was in middle school and included Metallica, Nirvana, and N.W.A. As he grew older, he rejected mainstream American culture and divulged into the death metal/grindcore scene and taught himself to play guitar, bass, and drums. He started a band with his friends and they became obsessed with creating music.
Introduction into the Rave Scene
Towards the end of high school, Lorin began to gain an interest in electronic music and upon going to his first rave on September 5, 1995, it completely changed the course of his life. Lorin's experienced an immediate sense of welcome and comfort going to that rave and raves in the mid-nineties. He began creating music using a variety of programs such as Vision/OpCode, Reason, Ableton Live, as well as live instruments.
How Lorin Became Bassnectar
Lorin would organize a number of underground parties and raves in the San Francisco Bay Scene. One Sunday morning after a rave on a beach near Santa Cruz. Lorin noticed another group of people having a rave a distance away. Walking towards them, he was met by one of their representatives, including one individual that identified himself as “Brother” who said that his group was known as the "Spaceship Gaia." Brother became a huge influence on Lorin as well as the full moon collective scene in Santa Cruz. After becoming accompanied with each other, Brother gave Lorin a sticker he made that said “Butterfly Beings Drink Bass Nectar” and as soon as Lorin saw it he thought that if he ever made a band again he would name it “Bassnectar.”
Career and Rise
Bassnectar's first album to make it on the Billboard US Dance Chart was Cozza Frenzy (2009) andhis first album to make it on the Billboard US 100 was Divergent Spectrum. Bassnectar has since attracted a large following of fans and regularly sells out shows and festivals.Bassnectar played house parties in the San Francisco Bay Area and began gaining momentum at Burning Man, often playing up to 7 sets a night. He released his first album in 2001 and performed as Bassnectar for the first time in 2002. In the beginning of his career, Bassnectar was much more political but has switched his focus to giving to local communities with his bass network.
Bassnectar's has often been classified as Dubstep, but his music has crossed a wide variety of genres of genres including Hip hop, Indie, Rock, and Drum and bass. Bassnectar has described his music as a mix of dubstep, grime, glitchy hip hop, left field electronic experimentation.
Tours and live performances
Bassnectar performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Coachella, the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Electric Forest Festival, Lollapalooza, and Wakarusa. In 2012, Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets, not including festivals. In 2010, Bassnectar hosted his first Bass Center and did not host another one until 2016. His 2016 Bass Center was a two-day affair at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park that featured extended sets of Bassnectar.
Although many people record his performances, Bassnectar discourages people from doing so because he believes that the only way to properly experience going to his live shows is to actually be there.
Bassnectar has garnered a cult following over the years who aptly identify themselves as "Bassheads." Many Bassheads follow Bassnectar from city to city to attend his performances. Bassnectar says that he has the most genuine fanbase in the world, especially compared to mass-marketed mainstream fan bases and continues by stating that it is "FAKE NEWS to say Bassnectar fans are anything but ultra amazing, dedicated, beautiful... that comes from jealous haters, or wannabees..that comes from someone who wishes life was different and tries to tear down something else which is beautiful. and I have love for those people, but no patience for their fake news."
Preferences and Miscellaneous
Bassnectar's favorite TV Show is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia while his favorite documentary is Zeitgeist (film). He says that if he was not a DJ that he would be a history teacher or guidance counselor.
|2003||Motions of Mutation||—||—|
|2004||Diverse Systems of Throb||—||—|
|2005||Mesmerizing The Ultra||—||—|
|2014||Noise vs. Beauty||21||1|
|2015||Into the Sun||46||1|
|2009||Art of Revolution||—||—|
|2012||Divergent Spectrum Remixes||—||—|
|2013||Take You Down||—||—|
|2004||"Creation Lullaby"||Diverse Systems of Throb|
|2005||"Booty Line/California Sunrise"||Non-album single|
|"Taurine Thruster"||Motions of Mutation|
|"Everybody"||Mesmerizing The Ultra|
|2006||"Blue State Riddim"|
(featuring Kristina Maria)
|"Bomb Tha Blocks"|
(produced with Freq Nasty; released for Giveback.net's "March to Tibet" campaign
|2009||"Land of the Lupes"|
|2010||"Here We Go"||Timestretch EP|
(featuring Nelly Furtado)
|"Wildstyle Method"||Wildstyle EP|
|2011||"Upside Down"||Divergent Spectrum|
|"Above and Beyond"|
(with Seth Drake)
(with Lupe Fiasco)
(featuring Rye Rye)
|Noise vs. Beauty|
|"You & Me"|
(featuring W Darling)
|2015||"DJ Sona's Ultimate Skin Music"|
(released as Concussive (Bassnectar x Renholdër))
|2001||Freakbeat for the Beatfreaks|
|2006||2006 BBC Pacific Breaks Special|
|2008||Smashers & Mashers|
|Leftfield Downtempo Hyphop|
|2009||Live Mixset for KISS FM|
|2010||2010 IDJ Mixtape|
|Bassnectar BBC Mixtape|
|2011||Color Storm Remixtape|
|2012||2012 BBC MistaJam Mixtape|
|Amorphous Music Mixtape Volume 7|
|European Vacation Mix|
|2013||Immersive Music Mixtape Part One & Two|
|2013||"Alkher Illa Doffor"||Cheb i sabbah|
|2014||"Feeling Good"||Nina Simone|
|"Beauty Of The Unhidden Heart"||The Glitch Mob|
- "Bomb Tha Blocks" (2007)
- "Vava Voom" (2012)
- "Ugly" (2012)
- "Midnight" by Joker (Bassnectar Remix) (2015)
- "Reaching Out" (2016)
- "TKO" (2016)