Walk like an Egyptian

February 14th, 2011

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Walk Like An Egyptian (Bassnectar Remix)1. VIVA THE PEOPLE’S REVOLUCIÓN!!!

I cannot pretend that I understand the intricacies of Egypt’s current political situation (neither the history of it, nor the most recent developments: the people’s uprising, the overthrow of a dictator, etc.) but I do know it is amazing to witness humans coming together to organize and rise up against injustice. As with Obama, whom I always took with a grain of salt (knowing he has tendencies to be inept at best and corrupt at worst) I was happy merely with the SYMBOLISM of his presidential victory. Because for a country that is shamefully built on slavery, with a pathetic legacy of racism and prejudice, this was a symbolic achievement: a majority of US citizens had looked past racism in a way that would have been impossible 50 years prior. That was a big deal.

So it is a big deal also that the Egyptian people, under strict rule of an unjust dictator, found courage and conviction to unite together and stand up to an aggressor, against all odds. Additionally it is extra special that this uprising was fueled by internet organizing and social networking (yet another example of why it is SO important to fight government & corporate control of the internet, on any level. Net neutrality should be defended as a direct lesson from the victory in Egypt).

What happens next is of course uncertain, but I am an optimist. In this case, my optimism is fueled by the inspiring courage and success of the underdog.

And so with a bit of playfulness, I give you this:

2. FREE MUSIC

This was a song I loved as a child, and something I started working on back in 2002. I called it the 2003 remix because I think that is when I actually finished it, but of course I never released it; just kept it as a secret weapon and bootleg. (I love the whistling part in the middle.)
The beat is a bit of an older style… 103 bpm hip hop beats with fuzzy bass and a playful attitude. Newer/younger fans who separate music into 1 of 2 categories (“filthy” or “Not filthy enough”) will undoubtedly have no interest in this song, as it is basically a b-side remix that has been locked away in my vaults for many moons. But the old school heads may enjoy it and, regardless, I love it.
A few hours after hearing the news that Egypt was becoming a democracy I was sitting on a plane next to my buddy Tamer, who is Egyptian, and the joy in his face was electrifying. He was beaming, and I thought maybe it would be fun to dust off this old tune and huck it out into vapor space, here you go:

THE BANGLES: Walk Like An Egyptian (Bassnectar’s 2003 Remix)
(Click to download)

(Link has now expired – head to our Free Music page for this and other downloads.)

3. GHOST IN THE MACHINE

As many of you know, I care a *LOT* about the quality of experience at a Bassnectar show. What many of you probably do not know is the extent to which myself and my team go behind the scenes to battle the forces of evil on a regular basis. This weekend in Tahoe was no exception. Coming off of a gorgeous Santa Cruz show, and cruising into the magnificent Lake Tahoe area to knock out 2 back to back sold out shows sounded like a day dream. And quite frankly it was: beautiful crowds each night, and wonderful experiences had by many, many people. But there were a ton of headaches to be had with over-zealous hyper-conservative officials of the area, and capped off by a SUPER frustrating collapse of the sound system, 20 minutes before i was supposed to end my second set. I am not used to such jarring endings without proper closure, so I was definitely disturbed by such an alien phenomenon meddling with my music.
It turns out that the sound system, which was installed *DECADES AGO* in that room, ran through an old sound processor, which against all odds, decided to explode *RIGHT* in the middle of my set. It didn’t explode during my 2+ hour set the night before, or my 2.5 hour set a year ago, but Saturday Night, it gave one last, dreadful goodbye to the world and jumped off its own little bridge into the Netherworld.
A moment of silence please, for the trusty processor at Mont Bleu. RIP 2011.
That said, looks like we will be traveling with our own sound system this Fall, full rig with backups, so as to avoid any similar cartoons in the future.

4. AND AS FOR YOUR QUESTIONS

Gadzooks! Over 300 amazing questions in 1 week. Nearly every single one worthy of a detailed answer… My mind is reeling at the thought of how much time this will take, but I am inspired, and looking forward to digging in. Our goal right now is to address one a week, and see how it goes, so check back in at this blog on Thursday, and we will kick it offfff.

5. UP NEXT

Bass Center 2, a bunch of sold-out shows in the South, then Kansas City, a stop-off @ Snowball, and then Australia, followed by the April Tour. KABAAAAANG!!!

Here we go!!!!
L

  • Transam455

    if you click on my channel you can watch it or atleast it will let me, but it shows blocked from your site.

  • Bnoble99

    Simply fucking amazing. I really can't believe it.

  • Colin Peterson

    Man, I'm in India right now on UC Santa Cruz's 2011 Spring EAP program. I just read this while listening to your Lights remix. Being in Santa Cruz for the last 4 years and then traveling to one of the most musically diverse conetinents (subcontinents) in the world has been a trip. I saw you play back in 2009 for the first time in the Catalyst, and i see the development of awareness within a DJ in a very unique way. I hope to see you for my first burn in 2012 yo! It's a great feeling to read something like this from an artist.

    -Colin

  • Birdie

    did you know theres never been a federal regulation on water control……

    braindrops for thought
    Birdie

  • bassfreak

    Bassnectar headlining Starscape? HOLY SHITTTTT, faces will be melted

    u have no idea what this means to me…a main stage nectar set, then a doctor P/flux pavillon set? i just jizzed…those 2 sets there are enough for me to head to baltimore…starscape is soooo your style too lorin, its gonna be insane…sooo happy ur playing here agian…ill probly miss skrillex for your set and im soooo cool with that

    • lesliebooher

      dude i know
      the starscape lineup made me squeal a little when i read it
      dr p 🙂

      • bassfreak

        haha yeah when i was reading that lineup i was going nuts…like this festie is gonna be HUGE…hopefully they have a place for trash this year (heard it was a fucking dump last year)…but ill def be at starscape this year…kinda surprised nectar is headlining it tho, but at the same time not really, hs huge now

        worst thing the promoters could do is have the flux and dr p set at the same time as nectar

        im pretty sure this will be flux and dr p's first US show also…cant wait to rage that set

        • See everyone there 🙂 Line up is MAD DOPE I cant miss this!

        • lesliebooher

          dr p is dope ass
          if the flux/dr p set is at the same time as BN i will cut my fucking body in half and send the two halves on their respective ways

          • Anonymous

            yeah sadly if i HAD to choose i would go with Flux and Doctor P…soley bc nectar tours all year long, flux and doctor P never do, and ive wanted to see both of them for such a long time

            they are legit 2 of maybe 5 EDM acts that would take me away from a headlining, mainstage, nectar set, and if hes headlining the mainstage i would assume he would get like a 2 hour set too, a 2 hour nectar festie set is gonna be like heaven lol

  • Transam455

    ITS GOIN DOWN TONIGHT IN FAYETTENAM

  • Bassheadja88

    Omg starsCape is going to be incredible…I'm so excited
    Also all good and camp bisco is going to be insane

  • hey lorin,
    i made a graphic for bassnectar that LOOKS like the SOUND you create. I posted it on your facebook, but I suppose you get too much traffic there to see all the photos posted, so here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/photo….
    please let me know what you think!
    -will

  • Devin

    Basscenter 3… Hampton colliseum??? That would be sicknasty

  • Transam455

    http://www.facebook.com/permal

    thanks for stoppin by the ville

  • roberto

    where can i get the elephant marching (Dumbo video) song?

    • Daladubz – Pink Elephants (VIP)

      • You Got 2 Get on Down

        That song live made me laugh and dance at the same time. Pretty hard feat to accomplish…

    • alisha

      Oh yes! Pink elephants.

  • Daladubz – Pink Elephants (VIP)

  • TyDurden

    I have wanted that tune ever since Lorin played it at Shambhala, which I am assuming was 2003.. It is a good day.

  • bassfreak

    i can see you got a spot in the electric forest festie too…if i went u would be like one of 3 artists i wanna see there…hopefully all i have to do is wait one more week for you at bisco, after last year u deserve a legit set at that festie, u TORE shit up there last year…misirlou remix, soooo sick

  • Meeshelle

    thank youuuuu for melting my face in kansas city. shit was UH-MAY-ZING!

  • Me and my best buddy Matt Sargeant were talking about you today (as usual), and in the midst of all the madness, he brought about a sick idea:

    Sargeant: i wanna re-write the Tao Te Ching, and replace 'Tao' with 'bass' or 'Bassnectar' mostly b/c I think it would read really funny.
    Me: oh god we should.
    Sargeant: lol, right? 'The Bass that can be spoken is not the eternal bass.'LOL.
    Me: “When spring comes the Bass grows by itself.”.
    Sargeant: BOOM
    Bass is like a well:used but never used up.It is like the eternal void:filled with infinite possibilities..
    Me: aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
    Sargeant: LOL.
    Me: “Governing a large Nectar is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much Bass.”.
    Sargeant: OF COURSE. BASS doesn't take sides;it gives birth to both good and evil.BASSNECTAR doesn't take sides;he welcomes both saints and sinners.how much do you fuck with this? [new slang for “how much do you fucking dig this?”- Me]
    Me: Ceremonies are but the veneer of loyalty and good BASS, while oft-times the source of disorder. bwhahahahahaha.
    Sargeant: AHHHHHH! BASS is like a bellows:it is empty yet infinitely capable.The more you use it, the more it produces;the more you talk of it, the less you understand..
    Me: BASSNECTAR is the sanctuary where all things find refuge, the good man's priceless treasure, the guardian and saviour of him who is not good. Lordy I could go on, this is fun.
    Sargeant: hell yeah BASS is called the Great Mother:empty yet inexhaustible,it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you.You can use it any way you want..
    Me: yesssssss.
    Sargeant: I want to write this and send it to bassnectar.
    Me: lets do ittt

    • ben martin

      And what the fuck is this shit?

      hahahah “me and my friend talking about you as (usual)” How much deeper can you get into Lorin's ass and kiss hahah.
      (stupid voice) “Bass is like this eternity infinity song of my very waking life, I fucking masterbate and bleed to it” really? hahah

  • Me and my best buddy Matt Sargeant were talking about you today (as usual), and in the midst of all the madness, he brought about a sick idea:

    Sargeant: i wanna re-write the Tao Te Ching, and replace 'Tao' with 'bass' or 'Bassnectar' mostly b/c I think it would read really funny.
    Me: oh god we should.
    Sargeant: lol, right? 'The Bass that can be spoken is not the eternal bass.'LOL.
    Me: “When spring comes the Bass grows by itself.”.
    Sargeant: BOOM
    Bass is like a well:used but never used up.It is like the eternal void:filled with infinite possibilities..
    Me: aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
    Sargeant: LOL.
    Me: “Governing a large Nectar is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much Bass.”.
    Sargeant: OF COURSE. BASS doesn't take sides;it gives birth to both good and evil.BASSNECTAR doesn't take sides;he welcomes both saints and sinners.how much do you fuck with this? [new slang for “how much do you fucking dig this?”- Me]
    Me: Ceremonies are but the veneer of loyalty and good BASS, while oft-times the source of disorder. bwhahahahahaha.
    Sargeant: AHHHHHH! BASS is like a bellows:it is empty yet infinitely capable.The more you use it, the more it produces;the more you talk of it, the less you understand..
    Me: BASSNECTAR is the sanctuary where all things find refuge, the good man's priceless treasure, the guardian and saviour of him who is not good. Lordy I could go on, this is fun.
    Sargeant: hell yeah BASS is called the Great Mother:empty yet inexhaustible,it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you.You can use it any way you want..
    Me: yesssssss.
    Sargeant: I want to write this and send it to bassnectar.
    Me: lets do ittt

  • ben martin

    NO MORE FUCKING DUBSTEP LORIN!
    MESMERIZING THE ULTRA WAS THE SHIT AND IT WAS SO ECLECTIC AND COOL!
    KEEP IT LIKE THAT.

    • ben martin

      not saying this is dubstep
      Egyptian is cool
      just in general
      dubstep is getting old

      • oh please. He is ever-changing. He's said that quite enough to everyone who keeps telling him what he ought to sound like. Haha.

        You obviously don't KNOW the Nectar.

        • ben martin

          Im not trying to tell the musician what he should sound like but just saying not to feed into this Dub shit.
          Well music without purpose except woobles and woomps. Music that is only meant to have a “phat beat” has no message and it does not speak to your mind.
          Its like mainstream rap and hardcore people do not listen to the words just the beat.
          Dude its not about the fucking bass drop its about the message in its entirety and the song connecting and having purpose.

          • i dont know who is “feeding into” anything.

            dude i liked dubstep before there was dubstep. it was 1992 and it was called DOOM METAL.

            i liked dubstep before there was dubstep: it was dubby 2 step, a sick underground UK style.

            and i was making dubstep before i ever made Cozza Frenzy… “Art Of Revolution” was started in 2005, and i made 2 other versions exclusively for my buddy FreQ Nasty in early 2005. That is 6 years ago. this isn't a band wagon.

            and it isnt limited to genre…i love music, i love all kinds and styles

            it is OMNI TEMPO MAXIMALIZM and it the key ingredient is: HEAVY

            That said, i am currently way intoxicated by 70-95 BPM it is what makes my body FREAK OUT

            in 1997 i was almost exclusively 140 (trance) and for years i was WAY into 100-110, also had a run with 130 (motions of mutation era)

            Anyhow, i love heavy music, and i love crazy ass wobbles and all of it, but i was making it before you thought of it and before anyone named it, and i did so because i love it.

            Anyhow, you are free to express what you want and what you like (quite honestly i am very interested in what you like)

            but remember you cannot tell an artist what their music is about or what is should be about.

            sometimes it *IS* all about the fucking bass drop, sometimes that is plenty message. sometimes 16 songs weave together to all form one word of a longer “sentence”

            i love heavy crazy bass music, and i love ethereal trickles of sound equally.

            but anyhow, i love death metal more than any of it cuz i have loved it longer…since before i knew computers existed.

            L

          • ben martin

            Well do not get me wrong. I love the music you make and what you do and I am not trying to tell you what to do or create. It was more of a comment towards variety. I guess I just like stuff from Mezmerizing better. Dub goes either way for me.
            I understand where your coming from though. It seems you have a huge amount of experience and I did not realize you were there before it even came to be. But Keep doing what you do man its really incredible.

            BTW come back to NC

          • honestly i know what you meant, and wasnt tryna snap at you 🙂

            its just such a constant debate, and it comes down to this: i love variety, and i love novelty, and i love heaviness

            remember that Mesmerizing The Ultra was created in the late nineties, and finished in the early 2000s, and i have played those sonds HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of times…
            so i like to sample in bits of it, but to me as an artist there is other things

            plus after a while of ANYTHING GOOD you always want something else good, so after a total overdose on Mesmer, i am ape shit for stuff like my remix of Teleport, or Here We Go or Wildstyle, cuz it feels like grindcore i used to write when i was 16
            🙂

          • ben martin

            Yea man totally! Yea I understand! I LOVED Teleport Massive! Also the new Lights by Ellie Goulding incredible!

            I really have to say I am surprised and glad you responded. I just have to say you are really really ahead of the game and you can really create some awesome music. I salute and have a high respect for a man of the people. Keep it flowing.

          • PS

            i clearly suck at typing
            🙂

    • Alisha

      What the? I love me some mesmerizing, but you have lost your marbles! Bassnectar with no WOMPS, wobbbbbbles, or bwwwaaammmps!? Chu gotta be kidding mang!

      Electric and cool
      Dope and grimy
      Beautiful and heart breaking
      Raging and funky
      …..dude does it all. And THATS how he should keep it. 🙂

      • ben martin

        Well music without purpose except woobles and woomps. Music that is only meant to have a “phat beat” has no message and it does not speak to your mind.
        Its like mainstream rap and hardcore people do not listen to the words just the beat.
        Dude its not about the fucking bass drop its about the message in its entirety and the song connecting and having purpose.

        • alisha

          Bassnectar as a whole has a very strong message. The purpose in creating his “phat beats” and bass drops is a weird and awesome way to gather peoples attention so he can spread along what he thinks the world needs to hear. He's doing a damn good job at making Bassnectar have a purpose. He gives a fuck and all of his songs might not have “meaning” but no other electronic artist is trying to bring about a change as much as lorin. VIVA LORIN ASHTON

          • alisha

            … first time I ever got really defensive about anything. Sorry Martin! you're cool, i'm cool, we cool.

          • ben martin

            its all good

  • honestly i know what you meant, and wasnt tryna snap at you 🙂

    its just such a constant debate, and it comes down to this: i love variety, and i love novelty, and i love heaviness

    remember that Mesmerizing The Ultra was created in the late nineties, and finished in the early 2000s, and i have played those sonds HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of times…
    so i like to sample in bits of it, but to me as an artist there is other things

    plus after a while of ANYTHING GOOD you always want something else good, so after a total overdose on Mesmer, i am ape shit for stuff like my remix of Teleport, or Here We Go or Wildstyle, cuz it feels like grindcore i used to write when i was 16
    🙂

  • PS

    i clearly suck at typing
    🙂

  • jeff paulson

    WTF?!?! Have you gone mad? to be honest…if bassnectar goes electronic….they will lose at least two fans in the 805…We love DubStep!

  • LickyJay

    lorin,
    i just want to thank you for being such an inspiration for me. i am an aspiring producer and reading your blogs/thoughts gives me more creative fuel for the fire. my first time seeing you live was in seattle feb5. you moved me man! keep spreading your positive vibration!

  • dubalism

    Cant forget about underground communication….fuckin mindblowing but movin through your cozza frenzy was so unbelievable. your underground sound 5 set was the best i have ever seen nor herd from ur live shows.I love the bass and the nectar keep the evolution whompin

  • Nick p

    Keep throwing it down for the og bassheads.little rave kids come and go but don't forget that you have life long fans who will consistently dig your positive vibes and mind melting bass inspired music . Much love and appreciation for keeping electronic music heady.

    • thanks bro,
      🙂
      and i dont mean disrespect when i say: i don't need your reminder in order to remember

      because i could never forget
      🙂
      i am neck deep in this and loving it all

      • Nick Purcell123

        you're the pure man, ill see ya at wackyrusa

  • Transam455

    has anyone else gone on the bassnectar trifecta tour? starting with fayetteville, then k.c, and comin up tulsa.

    • i saw the KC show. was truly an aspiring set. simply gorgeous.

    • Transam455

      actually itll be the quadfecta since wa wa wa wakarusa be comin up. thatll be a show where any fat lady can shed some pounds in a couple hours.

  • greetings. seeing as how I'm a rookie in the business, and you, obviously not, i would greatly appreciate any input you can give me on this topic, where to start? deep down inside of myself, I've realized that there is nothing i would rather do in life than to make people smile, have a good time and what not. Seeing as how you can throw smiles at any one humans face, i would like to have some intel from an artist to whom i greatly look up too, i could ask someone else, but honestly, i'm not sure if any other one artist does what you can do. bring in the melody, drop the tempo, raise the tempo, smash the sub-bass etc. any who, if you don't mind me asking, where should one start in the electronic music business? i was thinking school of course, but all the college classes i take seem that they drop to a dead end somewhere, not really expanding my knowledge for the music, maybe its not the right class. i'm not sure if you have any subjects that would perhaps broaden my perception for music. i have the soul, the brainpower, the willpower, hell we all have that. its just to what extent we use it. and i feel that i might not be taking the right steps to be where i would like to be, any input on this would be wonderful, maybe i should write poetry, or build pottery for a while, get in touch with my artistic side. not sure. but clearly seeing as how you know exactly what your aiming for as a musician, i would rather receive advice from none other than the man with his head on the most straight. your a very down to earth person, and i've had some great conversations with you. well, i feel i am rambling.

    thanks.

    • the questions is, and i ask with all sincerity, what is more important:
      1. to bring that feeling to people
      2. to KNOW that YOU are the one bringing that feeling to people

      either one is legitimate. for me it was number 1. for most people it is number 2. the glory is like a drug. i say this because if it is number 1 there are *WAY* better ways to help than to try and do it personally, ….it is more flabbergasting work that you can imagine…

      BUT if it *is* number 1, go with it. just be open to unexpected routes.

      the obvious route is rarely ever the route you will end up taking. and for me, the route i am on is something i NEVER expected

      🙂

      • you're a great human being. and i wish we had more fellow friends out there like you. there's nothing i'd rather do than to bring that feeling to people. ive experienced it first hand from you a handful of times. and when you look around and see straight chaos mixed with the utmost blissful sensation. its nothing less than inspirational. i could give a rat's ass to know that i myself am bringing this moment to people. i just feel, because of the other artists i have seen, except for slightly stoopid, that they just want to showboat their music and show how cool they are. im not sure if there are enough legitiment artists out there who really strive to do the same thing you do. bring the masses of people together. i would love to follow in your footsteps and work for the same cause. i thank you for your time in reading and replying to me as i know you have a busy agenda.

        once again, thank you so very much for what your doing. because if you werent, im not sure who would.

        STeve

        • thanks
          🙂 you can do it too
          🙂

  • Transam455

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    mashup i did on garageband so dont hate to hard. check out the enter the chamber mashup for a nice tune to go to sleep to

  • Beryce

    i really appriciate that we live in this time with the technology available and at our hands. my goal is to encourage people to not only enjoy the music but also the moment

  • Bhaley

    I love walk like an egyptian takes me back to when i first heard your music. Congradulations you have created a genre of your own

  • Transam455

    have you ever heard of kiva.org? actually check it out and see how you can help get others to sign up and help others less fortunate in our country and around the globe. something my sociology class did in college and its direct with the person in need of help like i said jus give it a look fool

  • bhead311

    I was amazed when I first discovered your music, I was even more amazed when I saw the organizations and causes you support. Your show in Oxford, Ms blew my mind, and your tweets about this country are right on track. From what I've heard about Jesus, the guy didn't have shit on you.

  • yourmothernude

    LORIN have a question about the merch, specifically the 2010 tour poster:::I'm about to buy it but I was just wondering if you or your amazing crew know the dimensions of the poster? I know its only 5 bones but just wondering bc i want to hang that shit on my new place. thanks brutha and see you at scampp. ps. basscenter part deux looked fucking bonkers. safe travels down under my friend!

  • Wil Blouin

    This is a great idea! I already bought a ticket for the madison show but if I hadn't I would for sure participate in this. Please play a good mix of oldies and new songs at the madison show. I appreciate the filthy and the clean songs alike!

    • lesliebooher

      Participate in the movement regardless of tix, if you support it!

    • HarbingerofBass

      You can still participate for no ticket!

  • Mitch Salisbury

    the play this song at the store i work at….. if only they had the dubstep remix

  • Pattywack

    so dude its patrick from sea of dreams 2009-10 and santa cruz last year nt this. so i have a serious question id appreciate some feed back wats up with the mini festival scene at sea of dreams this year and oh were you travelling with your sound system at sea of dreams? or were those m-421s somebody elses? r u playing this new years in cali?

  • Metski22

    Come back to SLT and try the New Mixer.
    Peace To All The Dj's

  • Jacob the Native

    the conduit was opened, the dreams, awoke, they burned, they pillaged, but the king of all queens, has laid two slumber, once more, until, awoken, again, this is what the Egyptian walkers have taught me, the tomb has been sealed, the guardians, have won, Lorin. You better make a surprise appearance at UGS7…it is where the real juggalos will
    meet…

  • Elicia

    I love it.  Funny,  I was just feeling really old when I listened to samples of your new album,  because I don’t like the filthy stuff or glitch at all.   I guess you know you’re getting old when you don’t relate to the new music , huh.  Pardon the nostalgia but remember you as wide eyed youth back in the day before your fame, and the gig you kindly did on my eleusis land  … your  early 2000’s music was some of the best stuff ever made .. which there was more of it.  hugs, Elicia