For the last decade, Lorin Ashton has helped develop the North American underground dance music scene. From touring full time as a DJ (an average of 125 shows per year), to his production & remixing under the alias Bassnectar, he has amassed a dedicated fan base, crossing over from hip hop to electronica to breakbeat to raggae/dub to the jam band scene and the greater Burningman scene.
In 2005, Lorin released the first full length Bassnectar CD, Mesmerizing the Ultra, a double album debut on Organic / Amorphous Music, available through Fontana distribution, a division of Universal Music and Video Distribution. Having remixed or collaborated with the likes of, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buckethead, Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), FreQ Nasty, Saul Williams, Noam Chomsky, Cheb i Sabbah, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Crash Berlin, Landslide, Heavyweight Dub Champion & KRS-One, and Perry Farrell, the Bassnectar sound has benefited from a wide lense of exposure, and evolved from cutting edge dance music to where it exists today: a mutant mash-up of multiple styles and genres.
Imagine the heaving bass lines of Drum ‘n’ Bass and Breakbeat (think Dieselboy, Freestylers, Tipper, Aphrodite), the massive beats of old school Hip Hop (think Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C.), glitchy tones and sonic tricks of modern Electronica/IDM (think Prefuse 73, Plaid, Pest, Underworld, Aphex Twin) all mashed up with hip hop lyrics, cut-up dance hall/raggae vocals, samples of political speeches (from activists like Noam Chomsky, Mumia Abu Jamal, Michael Ruppert, Michael Franti, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc) and pumped through a variety of tempos. The new Bassnectar music is an exotic blend of both the listening experience and the dance experience.
As a DJ he has achieved enormous success. Rated “Best Of The Bay 2005” by the SF Bay Guardian, and Number 1 in Nitevibe.com’s recent DJ Dreamteam contest, he is constantly booked 3-4 months in advance, on a regular tour schedule, playing to thousands of different people a month. From sold out festivals to overcrowded clubs and warehouses to tight and tiny bars and venues; his following continues to grow due to his unique charisma and a cutting-edge futuristic spin on electronic music.
As a producer, his remixes and original tracks have been released on numerous CDs, compilations, and 12 inch releases, charted by the likes of Annie Nightengale (BBC Radio 1), James Zabiela, Ali B, Rennie Pilgrem, DJ Hyper, and Simply Jeff (BPM), with support from Adam Freeland, Karsh Kale, FreQ Nasty, Überzone, and Krafty Kuts. The tracks enjoyed international praise from such publications as BPM, XLR8R, Mixer, and Muziq, and have been licensed by MTV for multiple shows. With his latest release distributed by Universal, Bassnectar’s next full length CD entitled [album artist=bassnectar]Metamorpho[p]sis[/album] is due out September 2006. His two self-released full length CDs have both gone into their third pressing, followed by the recent release of Tempo Rosso, a full length downtempo CD for Red Bull (13,000 copies were pressed and distributed). He has also appeared on releases from the following labels: Om, Virgin, 6 Degrees, Bless Records, Functional Breaks, Ceiba, Groundwork (Starbucks) and Kool Keith’s Sync Recordings.
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