YES – after last year’s slam dunk, we are returning to EDC Orlando for another bout of Floridian fever!!!
Announcing our extra special afterparty action for the Atlanta weekender Sept 9&10 🙂
2 venues, 4 events, 8 artists, no messing around.
All tickets on sale this Friday 8/26 @ 12pm ET.
THIS AFTER PARTY IS A SEPARATE EVENT FROM OUR MAIN ATLANTA SHOW. BASSNECTAR IS NOT PLAYING AT THIS EVENT.
Chatted with Billboard about the magical vision for our wild weekend in Atlanta next month, and revealed the secret location! Check it out here via billboard.com
And here’s the unedited text from the interview, discussing warehouse party vibes and recreating the
“no expectations” approach of the early rave scene:
Tell us about the idea for this upcoming event:
My vision for our two-night Mystery Show in Atlanta is to create a special, unique, immersive experience that feels different from the norm. Throughout the process, I have given the event several nicknames such as “The Gathering” (because I envision this to feel like a gathering, not a show) and “No Expectations” (because I hope people arrive completely free of expectations, and ready for a new experience). Although it’s hard to avoid expectations, it’s all about setting an intention, and for this event, I do have a very specific intention. I want to re-create the atmosphere of an ‘old-school rave’ or warehouse party – gathering within a nondescript room, which has been transformed and repurposed into a temple for an all-night underground dance ceremony – a true celebration, not a show.
Are warehouse parties something you had a lot of experience with growing up? If so, could you tell me some of the moments and feelings you remember from those days and those kinds of parties?
When I went to my first rave I had no idea where it was or what it was going to be like. A kid from school found the directions last minute (it was a secret and you needed a special code to get directions from the map point)… it was like a treasure hunt. I drove there in a car PACKED with friends, and we parked on the street outside. When we got out of the car, you could hear the bass booming in the distance… we just followed the bass until we found ourselves at the doorway to a building. Once inside there was no big amazing “stage” and the crowd was not all facing one direction, and nobody was ‘watching’ anything… everyone was lost in the music, and lost in the experience of a creative, social free-for-all. Instead of staring at a DJ up on a stage, or spending the entire night with their phones out trying to ‘capture the moment,’ they were IN THE MOMENT. And this is what I want to re-create in Atlanta by forgoing the standard music venue, and finding a building that offers nothing but four walls, a ceiling and a floor – the perfect blank canvas on which to paint our ideas.
Is something lost in the divide between warehouse parties and big festival or club shows? If so, what is it?
I don’t think it has so much to do with the venue (many of the most amazing experiences from that era took place outside under the moon and stars – renegade beach parties, and full moon gatherings out in the forest). It has more to do with the overall intention: creating a unique atmosphere which fuses together two extremes. On one hand you are totally free to lose yourself in the music, and on the other you are deeply connected to a group of people who are all interacting. It’s the direct opposite of watching a performance on a stage. Back then, DJs were not worshiped as famous entertainers; I never just posted up and stared at the DJs… nobody did. The DJ was just some friendly person who got to create the soundtrack for the experience, and the experience went a lot deeper than just the music. 🙂
In Atlanta we are working on de-emphasizing the stage, and spreading out the art, the lights, the lasers, so it’s just a big omni-directional launch pad.
How do you envision the night going? There won’t be much production, you said. What bits will you include, will the room be decorated at all?
I’d really prefer to not set any expectations… only to say that the intention is to share an experience, which I personally got to enjoy many times, and which I don’t think is as easy to find these days. It’s an opportunity to explore, meet new friends, interact with people, and let go of your expectations (which hopefully allows you to take part in creating the experience for yourself, and for those around you). We will still bring lots of lasers and lights and incredible sound, because that’s fun. 🙂 Musically this will be totally freestyle and off-the-cuff, and it’s more about the hypnotic journey created by weaving all the songs together, more than any standout bangers or drops. But again, this is less about the music: a lot of times people ask “will you play some old school throwbacks?” and I think they mean “will you play some tracks like you used to DJ back in 2006.” But with this event, I’m going back even further, not to what I used to DJ, but what I used to enjoy experiencing on the other side of the decks.
Also, in terms of ‘exploring’ – that was a big part of the fun – roaming around and meeting people. The interaction. There were always side rooms, or ‘chill-out rooms,’ with pillows, ambient music, friendly people wandering around passing out fruit and tea, or DJs playing slow, deep atmospheric music – it was a sanctuary, which we will also pay homage to in Atlanta with our own version called The Haven. This is a place to take a breather and relax, or to hang out and make new friends. Our team is super inspired to bring this ethos back to events as much as possible!
You’ve already sold out tickets. It seems to already be going well. Do you think it’s something you might do more of?
Yeah, we searched for a room which had expandable walls, and thought, “let’s just not announce the venue, and put the event on sale and see how much it sells in an hour, and then we can just customize the room to fit that amount of people.” But in ten minutes we sold out 10,000 two-night passes, and we had to pull it off sale, because the largest configuration of the room is maxed out at 10,000. People asked “how is that limited capacity if there’s so many people each night” and I’m like… it’s BY DEFINITION limited capacity, because we ran the fuck out of capacity… this event is gonna be PACKED wall to wall with beautiful freaks. 🙂
Is there anything else about the nights that you want to tell me or say that I didn’t think to ask about?
For those of you who did not get tickets, we will be returning to the South for New Years Eve of course, and if you’re searching for a more underground experience like our upcoming ATL situation: stay tuned! We are always daydreaming up new ideas, and our team is busy working on more events like this… currently scouring the West Coast for potential venues. 😉
No rest for the wickedest: right off the back of our Bass Center weekend we are announcing our Midwest Halloween Run – three shows to take us through the Halloween weekend, ending with a special one-off mystery show on All Hallow’s Eve itself.
Fri 10/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex
Special guests Paper Diamond & Stooki Sound
Sat 10/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex
Special guests OPIUO & Teklife
Mon 10/31 – Halloween Midwest Mystery Show TBD! – Special guests G Jones & Teklife
General onsale is Thu 8/11 @ Noon EST
CLICK HERE FOR SATURDAY-ONLY TICKETS
(Halloween Mystery Show info and onsale times will be announced Tue 9/6.)
Best to stay tuned as we have a bunch of other announcements coming your way very soon 🙂
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What a magical weekend!!!
Thanks to all the musicians who brought the noise, the visual artists who blew our minds, and to all our crew who worked tirelessly for months to make this all happen. And most of all THANK YOU to each and every bass head who turned up and made Bass Center 2016 our biggest and brightest event to date, with nearly 50k attendees over the course of the sold-out weekend!!!
You shone so very bright, and everyone we teamed up with for this event commented on how inspiring our community is: witnessing random acts of kindness; seeing how you take care and look out for each other; watching strangers be welcomed by new friends with open arms – you did a great job promoting the values that we are all about. Walking around the campgrounds at night, witnessing the amazingly friendly & positive vibe in the crowd, we are in awe of you and so grateful to have such an amazing community!!!
That’s not to mention that once the music stopped both nights, many of you stayed back and tidied the entire stadium floor, leaving it spotless, as well as doing a stellar job cleaning up the campground at the weekend’s end. The AFTER photos look like BEFORE photos! 🙂
These bass head cleanups have been happening at many of the other festivals we attend, and that is fantastic. Leave it like you found it!
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Vinyl Lovers rise up:
Unlimited is dropping on wax and hitting streets 9/16 🙂
Includes all 15 new album tracks on Limited Edition Colored Vinyl 2xLP with Liner Notes, plus Digital Download code.
Pre-Order now to arrive on release date:
Or order from your local record store – we will have a nationwide list of stockists available closer to the drop.
As always, sending much love to all supporters of vinyl, keeping the musical artifact alive in this age of digital impermanence! <3 Read more »
UPDATE: BASS CENTER 2016 IS SOLD OUT – THANK YOU!!!
HERE WE GO!
Friends, family, & bass heads worldwide: the time has arrived! We are kicking off the biggest, most magical, most next-level weekend experience in Bassnectar History, and we are thrilled that you are a part of it! Our entire team is going ALL IN – pulling out all the stops, summoning bass heads from miles around. While we want to celebrate life together as one big family, and let our freak flags fly in the most freestyle, wildstyle pandemonium! Simultaneously, we also care deeply about each and every one of you and your one-of-kind nervous systems, and we want to go above & beyond to send a message of caring, conscious, careful behavior: Please join us as we make this weekend a free-for-all of positivity, practicing random acts-of-kindness, bringing gifts to share, watching out for each other, and making sure that everyone around you feels right at home.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Before the F.U.N. stuff, here is some very important P.S.A. business:
You know the deal: staying hydrated can make the difference between a great weekend and a trip to see the medics. Don’t mess around. Especially if you are drinking alcohol – drink some water in between every adult beverage! We have water stations throughout the stadium and campgrounds, and Ambassadors will be handing out water during the Stadium performances. It’s looking like a hot weekend (Saturday in particular if the forecast holds true) so DRINK THAT WATER PLEASE. Water is delicious, and it makes an excellent gift to share. Look for Ambassadors with misting devices to help you cool down, and basically: just be smart 🙂
As we go Into The Sun this weekend, find ways of going Into The Shade. WEAR THE SUNSCREEN. SHARE THE SUNSCREEN. If you need help applying that protective layer, don’t be shy – make a new friend 🙂
Know Your Limits
My feelings about health & safety, esp when it comes to hedonism and stimulants are well documented, so for now I will just say: please be careful, and look out for each other. Don’t go overboard, whether we are talking about alcohol or whatever else. Music Is The Drug: You could have the best time of your life just swimming through the sound waves: Stay present, stay in the moment, and be aware that your body is so precious, and the health and safety of you and the people around you is more important than anything else. Read more »
The official Bass Center 2016 app is here!
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
This is the SPOT to get set times in advance of the event, as well as up-the-minute announcements direct from Bass Center HQ.
Plus you can scope the Silent Disco & After Party lineups, familiarize yourself with the site map, check out the non-profits who are participating, and plenty more – everything you need to hit the ground running! We also have an inbuilt social feed so you can share content, create groups, and interact with other bass heads who are gearing up for our biggest weekend ever!!!
We’ll be adding more info as it becomes available including Daytime Activities, the Pirate Radio schedule, Interactive Fungineers TV, The Haven sanctuary space and more.
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