In the last 5 months I’ve worked with over 50 different humans, in 10 different studios, in 6 different cities, and now I’m sitting here looking at 26 new songs, of all different styles and genres and attitudes, and I’m starting to think I may be a workaholic…
Last fall, while zooming around on tour, I set out to write an album which would really represent my diverse tastes in music. I approached it with a specific and dynamic palette of influences, ideas, preferences, and styles. Sometimes when I hear requests for my “older material” (from someone who only discovered my music relatively recently) or when I hear a comment about a song being “too trap” (as if 808 drums are no longer allowed in music! …when 808 beats have been a part of my production since…1996? 1997?), I think about how far back my musical influences stretch… how multidimensional they are.
I wanted to reach back into all the various corners of those influences (death metal & grindcore… gangster rap… classical… psychedelic rock… techno/ambient… IDM/glitch… downtempo… trip-hop… breakbeat… trance… every vein of electronic music… folk music… big band… jazz…. acid jazz… mushroom jazz… etc etc etc) and I wanted to play the field, like a human pinball bouncing off all the extreme ends and complicated dimensions of my own musical tastes. I wanted to create an album full of music I love. I wanted to have fun, play games, tell jokes. I wanted to make insane bangers, and also to explore deep sonic journeys… and everything in between.
By the end of Summer 2013 I had more than enough music to complete an album, but the songs weren’t really finished. Some of them were crude ideas, and a one in particular was a little track I began in 2002 and never got around to finishing. I decided I wanted to reach out to collaborators (not just other producers, but singer-songwriters, guitarists, pianists, composers, vocalists of all sorts, even entire live bands) and get interactive. By October I had rewritten many songs into a unique format: no drums. no bass. I reduced all the wobbles and lasers and synths and sound FX into basic chords: piano, guitar… maybe some simple background accompaniment. I sent them out to all kinds of people, mostly vocalists or composers, and asked them to write to it, riff over it, mash it up… see what came back. By the end of Fall Tour, I had almost enough music for an entire album that sounded like some weird indie rock band… still no beats, and no bass. I spent the rest of the year recording new ideas, sitting with vocalists and writing lyrics… playing guitar and piano and constantly remixing and transforming the ideas… just trying to see what would come up.
In January I started taking these songs and “remixing” them, as if they were songs by some other band, and I was hired to do a remix. I treated them like an Ellie Goulding song, or a Deftones song… I ripped them apart, cut them up beyond recognition, and added tons of weight, heaviness, filth, noise, beats, basslines, sound effects etc, often winding up with multiple versions of each song. On almost every individual song, I would act like some manic Goldilocks character – alternating back and forth between the extremes “this song is too hot, this song is too cold” trying to get everything “just right”.
Being off the road is weird. I’ve never had a 6 month break before… not since I was in college and throwing nonstop full moon parties and renegade warehouse raves, and trying to save the world
I’ve spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying nature, reconnecting with my friends, being invisible and relaxed… but most of my time has been spent working obsessively. I’ve worked a 13+ hour shift, 7 days a week, almost every single day this year. And I’ve collaborated with so many people that many days are spent with 5 computers in front of me, on the phone with New York, with Atlanta, with Chicago, with Denver, with Los Angeles ….losing my mind and losing myself in music.
Now I need to decide: what the fuck am I gonna do, how do I ‘finish’ this story… 26 tracks… gotta pick 13… gotta choose which ones make the cut, and which order they will appear in… don’t wanna leave anything out, don’t wanna under-represent any particular direction… want to make something that feels just right… mostly, I just want to make something I love.
And share it with you later this year!
I’m sure I will get a single or two out soon, ideally before the summer… but it’s hard to release one slice of the cake when each slice is so different and unique…
Oddly, as much as I look forward to delighting you with this, I don’t care if you don’t like it. Or if you wish it was more like this, or less like that, or not enough this, or too much that. I don’t care!
I’m making what I love, and I feel so grateful when I look ahead at all the amazing opportunities I will get this year to play these songs – and remix them and reinvent them – at live shows…
One of the best parts about this time off the road is being disconnected from the internet… not checking Twitter or Facebook. I kept feeling the reflex to check in, say hi, etc… but it’s just simply too deliciously fucking wonderful to not be plugged in. I have a personal goal of spending as little time as possible online this year…. ha, we will see how it goes (wish me luck).
But I’ll be seeing you all soon out on the road, just wanted to give you a little update on where my mind is, and what I’ve been up to.
Hope you are healthy and happy,
That’s right! We will be warming up for our Red Rocks Weekend up in Aspen, with back to back nights @ Belly Up on 5/28 + 5/29.
And my buddies Sidecar Tommy and Golden Lips Of Silence (David Satori) of Beats Antique will be joining me for DJ sets!
CLICK HERE FOR WEDS 5/28 INFO + TICKETS
CLICK HERE FOR THUR 5/29 INFO + TICKETS
Big Trouble, Little Aspen
It’s that time again!
We’re heading back to Colorado for another magical 2-night run at the most beautiful venue on the planet: RED ROCKS
Join us Friday May 30th and Saturday May 31st with back to back extended sets alongside special guests Sub Focus, Crookers, Kill Paris and Break Science.
These events at Red Rocks have become some of the most special highlights of the year each year, and will sell out in advance!
So call up your crew, and get planning now cuz tickets are about to go onsale:
> Limited bassnectar.net tickets go on sale TOMORROW Wed 2/5 at 10 AM MTN PRESALES ARE SOLD OUT!
> General tickets go on sale this Saturday 2/8 at 10 AM MTN
**** CLICK HERE FOR 2-DAY TICKETS ****
*** CLICK HERE FOR FRIDAY TICKETS + INFO ***
*** CLICK HERE FOR SATURDAY TICKETS + INFO ***
Can’t wait to shake the Rockies again
Bass Heads of the Past & Future:
After ending the whirlwind that was 2013 with our headspinning New Years run, I’m going to catch my breath and go off the grid for while!
I’ve decided to take the Winter & Spring 2014 off the road and spend time getting super creative. I’m working on an album of songs and collaborating like a lunatic. And i’m looking forward to having some adventures in unexpected places, exploring new things, and trying new ideas!
In the meantime, the Basscrew & Amorphous Music team will be holding down the fort.
In short time we will have information about the upcoming Summer Festival schedule as well as future music releases and other offerings. Please continue to stay in touch with us & each other. #basshead4life
See you soon
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Last summer, in preparation for the fall tour, I decided to re-master (and in some cases re-create) some Bassnectar classics. I went back into Timestretch & Wildstyle and gave each song special treatment to bring it into a 2014 state of existence: thicker, clearer, heavier, louder, and even more alive. We’ve taken these collections and paired them on CD with releases which had previously been confined to the digital-only realms, with bonus tracks and the new special deluxe RE-DUX! Newer bass heads will be able to enjoy some of this music for the first time, audiophiles can bask in revisiting their favorite tracks with updated masters, and collectors can fill some gaps in their CD discography with first time pressings of Take You Down and Freestyle.
+ TAKE YOU DOWN – CD
First up, we have revisited, remastered and rereleased the 2011 “Timestretch EP” which features “Bass Head”, “Here We Go”, “Blast Off” and the enduring eponymous track.
These bangers run back-to-back with this year’s Take You Down release: all 5 tracks available on CD for the first time.
Included as a special bonus is the 2013 redux of “Heads Up (West Coast Lo Fi Remix)” which goes from whimsical to bonkers in the blink of an eye.
+ FREESTYLE – CD
Round 2 – it’s the inevitable sound clash of the styles as the Wildstyle EP and the Freestyle EP go head to head on the same disc!
With each track off of Wildstyle enjoying extensive remastering, and the Freestyle EP seeing it’s 1st ever release on physical CD, bass heads will be treated to 12 doses of Bassnectar, featuring a cast of Amorphous collaborators including Amp Live, DC Breaks, Mimi Page, ill.Gates, Zion-I, Angel Haze, Tina Malia, Paper Machete, & The Mighty High Coup.
Both CDs are available now exclusively in our store!
> CLICK HERE TO GET BOTH
> GET TIMESTRETCH + TAKE YOU DOWN
> GET TIMESTRETCH + TAKE YOU DOWN + TEE
> GET WILDSTYLE + FREESTYLE
> GET WILDSTYLE + FREESTYLE + TEE
Also available from next Monday 12/10 from the below outlets.
(And these CDs will be available to the masses at select Best Buy & Walmart stores, which i think is pretty cool: infiltrating the masses when they least expect it…)
And don’t forget: if funds are tight and you want to enjoy/share our music, there’s always our Soundcloud streams, Spotify playlists etc, and the free downloads and mixtapes available here at bassnectar.net
With love from the Lorin & the Amorphous team
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Cheb i Sabbah was a musical pioneer, fusing together entire cultures of sound and music, pushing cutting edge blends of traditional songs with beats and ideas which were way ahead of his time.
“Chebiji” as he was affectionately known passed away November 6, 2013 at the age of 66 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer over 2 years ago. At that time he was given 4 weeks to live and through a combination of alternative therapies funded by his friends and fans, along with a sheer will to live, he exceeded all expectations for someone with an advanced stage of cancer.
We are releasing this special remaster as a benefit to his family: he has two kids and three grandkids, who are largely dependent on him. All the proceeds from this remix will go straight to the family.
Get this exclusive remix below or CLICK HERE
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BASSNECTAR + MOUNTAIN OASIS = BASS MOUNTAIN
Asheville friends – if you’d like a pair of free weekend passes to see us headline at Mountain Oasis alongside Nine Inch Nails and Pretty Lights, plus a signed custom Mountain Oasis poster, you must first create a Bass Mountain.
What is a Bass Mountain? You tell us. Draw it, photoshop it, photograph it, etch-a-sketch it – however be sure you tag it #BassMountain when you share to your preferred social network.
The best #BassMountain wins!
CLICK HERE FOR MOUNTAIN OASIS TICKETS + INFO
NEW YEAR’S EVE – NASHVILLE, TN: How could we not return for a third year? After selling out the last two years in rammed capacity, we are bringing the full scale 360 production back once again for another ride!
Please join us in the circle with bass heads coming from miles around as we bring in the New Year together, rotating 360 degrees for maximum immersion.
Presale Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 11am CDT, with full on sale this Friday.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
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