Early Life and Career
Ashton grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he and his parents were a part of a hippie commune until he was five when his parents became born-again Christians. By the time he reached his early teens, he rejected Christianity because he could not support its beliefs through logic.
Initially identified with visual arts rather than music, creating movies with his dad’s camera at the age of ten. He experienced an immediate sense of welcome and comfort going to raves in the mid-nineties, which led to the confluence of his heavy and electronic style of music. He began creating music in the 1990s, using a variety of programs such as Vision/OpCode, Reason, and Ableton Live. In the mid-90s, he briefly toured with Exhumed as a bass player.
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.
How Bassnectar Got His Name
Lorin befriended someone who went by the name "Brother," who was huge in the early Santa Cruz Full Moon Collective Scene in the late 90s. Brother became a huge influence on him and is still one of Lorin's favorite DJs. One day, Brother gave Lorin a homemade sticker that said "Butterfly Beings Drink Bass Nectar" and at that moment, Lorin decided the next time he would start a band he would call it Bassnectar.
Artistry and Influences
Bassnectar has been influenced by heavy metal early in his career is he transitioned from the death metal scene to the electronic music scene. His sound has evolved significantly over the past 15 years and his music is genre-bending, having a mix of rock, hip-hop, dubstep, trance, etc.
Bassnectar has a cult following of fans who identify themselves as bassheads, a community of enthusiasts who travel great distances to see Bassnectar play. Many bassheads have seen his sets 10, 20, and even over 30 times.
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.
Bassnectar finished in fourth place in the 2016 America's Best DJ competition.
|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)