Fan Bass: Origins Of Bassnectar

March 11th, 2011


Hey folks!

So since we started collecting questions for the Fan Bass section we have received hundreds of awesome questions. I have been responding to some of them as I travel, and below is the first one. It is a bit long, but I am a bit long winded. Feel free to post any comments or questions about this post and I can share more. Or stay tuned and we will post more answers soon.

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Can you discuss the inception of Bassnectar a little bit?
I feel like many fans are pretty curious to the whole story.


A quick run down of my musical life:
When I was in junior high I began discovering music that struck me, as opposed to music that felt familiar (like my parent’s music). This was mostly Metallica (the first song I heard of theirs was “Enter Sandman”, so this was after they had already become “mainstream” and blown up), NWA (which I memorized completely verbatim), and Nirvana (again my introduction to them was “Smells Like Teen Spirit” their ‘breakout single’ which all hardcore Nirvana fans I am sure despised and griped about) but for me this music was raw, pure, and extremely riveting. I gravitated towards anything heavy, and fell headfirst into the local underground scene, which was full of freaks, lunatics, and overall playful, strange, creative people.

I begged my parents for a crappy guitar, and after three quick lessons I formed a band with my best friend, and we set out to lose ourselves in heavy metal. To this day I do not know THE SLIGHTEST musical theory, I don’t understand notes or chords or anything like that… I taught myself to play by basically remixing the songs I loved best, or combining riffs from different songs. Or I would take a hook (like the opening guitar in Black Sabbath’s “Ironman”) and play it at various alternate speeds, trying to change up the feel but maintain the essence.

About this time, my Uncle Joe (who has always been a bohemian world traveller) started bringing me hand drums and teaching me beats. He would leave me with cassette tapes of brazilian Samba and Batucada beats. As I learned to play the drum, my ability to keep time with my band mates improved significantly.

The music I was into became progressively more and more hardcore, and as I began turning away from Religion and mainstream American culture, my friends and I descended into an obsession with the darkest, heaviest music possible. Death metal, Black metal, doom, grindcore… and I mean we became *OBSESSED*…it was all we ever did. There was an intense camaraderie between the various metalheads in the area, and a network developed. There was so much creativity and experimentation exchanged as the 2 or 3 kids from each high school influenced each other, shared new styles, and got together to form bands or make underground shows happen. Sometimes we would have informal ‘shows’ in our practice studios, or in my bassist’s garage (or on crazy days we would set up and play on his rooftop), as well as taking over various Battle Of The Bands, or throwing grindcore/punk crossover shows in the basement of the Cupertino Public LIbrary. A very unique community formed, comprised of freaks from every nook and cranny. It was a community of misfits and oddballs and rejects, but it felt like home. Bands like Exhumed, Spazz, Gory Melanoma, Dawning, etc were all very influential.

As time progressed, my songwriting developed, and although I did not officially know what I was doing, I was writing most of the music for my band from intuition, and again from opening to all the influences around me. I experimented with 4-track recorders and FX pedals. During senior year of high school, as my friends and I started going to “raves”, I started making rough forms of DIY techno music (with crappy drum machines, my guitar, my effects pedals, and bad vocal effects) and listening to late night electronic music shows on KFJC.

Upon going to my first rave on September 5, 1995, I basically changed irrevocably. I was still extremely obsessed with music, but the rave scene at the time opened my eyes to the beauty of community (something I had been raised with in the hippy commune I grew up in) and I felt completely open and connected to other people. As opposed to the introverted darkness of metal, I found ‘rave music’ to be just as raw and powerful and immersive, but the values were very positive and friendly, and so was I.

I got into raves not for the drugs, or even the music (although both were very powerful) but rather for the community. I was so mesmerized by everything i found in the rave scene that my only response was to give back. I wanted to get as utterly involved as I could, so I could re-create my experiences for as many other people as possible. I was usually completely sober, running around all night long taking care of everyone I met or dancing for 8 hours straight like a mad man.

Soon I knew all the promoters in the area, and thousands of people in the San Francisco scene. As my tastes developed into hardcore psytrance (we called it ‘Goa Trance’ since it supposedly originated in trances that took place on the beaches of India), I quickly got behind the scenes and started throwing parties in SF warehouses and throughout the beaches in Santa Cruz. I was working with hundreds of other people, this was not a lone wolf thing… there were multiple communities, simultaneously pushing the boundaries further and further and I wanted to be at the core of all of them, working with all my heart to contribute. (I am tempted to start listing names of people who i worked with but the list could get long, maybe in another post, i can tell a better history, with more details).

I remember in early 1996 when I realized that all a DJ was doing was playing a record. Before that, I had thought they were *making* all those sounds live… I found a pair of turntables at a friends house, and after a 20 minute lesson I gave it a try and seamlessly beatmatched the two records (her name was Bonnie, she was a SICK downtempo DJ out of San Jose) …I remember laughing out loud, partly because it was so much fun, but also because it was *SO* painlessly easy. Years of drumming had prepared me and I thought that since I was already throwing ill parties, why not play at them as well? Until that time I had never considered being a DJ (although I was taking the Electronic Music minor at UCSC and playing with tons of amazing gear). I was mostly focused on making events happen, and making music, in addition to going to school (I majored in “Community Studies” at UCSC, and also minored in Education)…

One Sunday morning, a few hundred friends and I were deep off in the boonies on a beach outside of Santa Cruz. We had been there all night absolutely raging, and as the sun rose over the water and illuminated the beach I noticed another sound system and group of people way, way down on another side of the beach. I was usually the sober guy who would go talk to the cops if they came to bust our fun, or to basically handle whatever needed to be handled, so I started walking over to this other party. Halfway there, I met one of their representatives, a small guy who looked kind of like an Ewok. He introduced himself as “Brother” and explained that his group (they were called “Spaceship Gaia”) had noticed our party and wanted to come make friends… Brother was (and is) a huge influence on the early Santa Cruz full moon collective scene, and also one of my favorite DJs to this day. One time he gave me a sticker he made that said “Butterfly Beings Drink Bass Nectar” and as soon as I saw it I thought that if I ever made a band again I would name it “Bassnectar”…

That is the long and short of it. I can tell you more about the hippy commune I grew up in, or the death metal scene in California in the early 1990’s or the illegal warehouse raves or working as Barney The Purple Dinosaur at little kids birthday parties while I was in college… Or I can tell you how the sounds and styles morphed from the 1990’s through Y2K and into the present day, but this feels like a good place to stop for now.


248 Responses to “Fan Bass: Origins Of Bassnectar”
  1. Adonis says:

    Hello, I just recently got into the dubstep music. I saw your show in Kzoo in april and it was better than i could have imagined. I can remember the first time i heard your music and was astonished. Just as you said, your music struck me like nothing i have ever heard before. Please play in Michigan more.

  2. bassnectars biggest fan says:

    BASSICK…check it out on youtube when we start uploading…my friends a friggin genius improver whos main inspiration was this genius who is bassnectar…but seriously guys…my friend has some god damn talent that needs to be spread….he’s got some fuggin sick beats, and he plays all this shit on his electric keyboard…check em out when we start uploadin!!

  3. Verb conjugator says:

    Lorin i can say i am exactly like you when it comes down the taste of music. you described it exactly how i would have, i went from straight death metal to your insane drops and i still find both these genres   to be my absolute favorite. ive always had a huge obsession with drums and bass. for years now ive been killing my self at night not trying to play the drum set rotting in my closet or not messing around on fruity loops ( not the best i know im very poor, i have no were to start :/ ). i can say ive tried to get help in this are but the city i live in is in a frenzy for drugs all the kids from my high-school are either selling or buying.most kids here have no interest in anything but drugs and partys, what im tryin to say is that i feel like ive ran out of time to do my passion for music and was wondering how i can get my feet wet in dubstep and how i can start doing what ive always wanted to do…. instead of washing dishes for the rest of my life 🙁

    • LORIN says:

      it is always the same.
      that was the same for me in high school to, but i naturally found myself more interested in music and people and creativity than drugs.

      I think you just need to ‘follow your heart’ as hopelessly cheesy and vague as that sounds. By that i mean, if you feel an absence of something (like a vibrant community of creative people) then it is up to you to create it, or to co-create it

      when i was 16 years old i helped co-create a vibrant underground death metal scene by working with a few other bands, and a few other scenes (punk rock & hardcore mostly…a few ravers too)

      when i was 18, i dove head first into the rave scene

      when i was 20, i did the same into the full moon ‘scene’ of free parties in the woods.

      and it doesnt have to be about parties, it can be about anything exciting

      personally now for me i am more interested in catalyzing online discourse, and social involvement in organizations and causes that matter to people.

      it is all about finding what you love, and pouring your heart out.

      i am glad you do not see drugs as the way towards this, because I don’t either

      • Verb conjugator says:

        hahaha i feel a little absence on everything in my life. just finished highschool (luckly) gettin $5 hr at my work, no car, the one friend who was opening my creativity by having some intense drawing sessions is goin to jail soon. my family pretty much abandon me awhile ago its just tough trying to figure out were i want my life to go with so little influences. i know i love pouring my heart art into creativity, were ever and however i can express it just lets all the worrys go away. ill admit i partyed a little to much back in the day but now everyday i just wonder how the fuck do i get my life started im just in a long spiral and need a little advice. 

        • LORIN says:

          in terms of a kick start, i reccomend this:

          1. treat the question of “how do i get my life back on track and moving forward in a positive direction” as if it was the final term paper in a very important class. Give yourself 2 hours to just BRAINSTORM. write everything down. Then create an outline, organizing the brainstorm. Then legitimately write out a 5 page paper on what your plan is. Then take that plan (however undeveloped) to a professional counsellor or life coach and see if they can help you take the next step.

          2. don’t get caught up feeling overwhelmed, just treat it like a past time or a hobby. take the pressure off, you have plenty of time. in fact you have the rest of your life.

          3. counsellors are available through some health insurance, and at any community college.

          but the topic of free counseling and life strategy is a personal passion of mine, and I am working on getting something together to make this easier for people like you

          you are definitely not alone, i know hundreds and hundreds of people in a similar position


          • Verb Conjugator says:

            thanks for all the help Lorin i really took your advise ( besides for the 5 page paper for the consular yet because im not starting school till winter) i really pinpointed what i enjoyed in my life most and now im pursuing it(wildlife biologist cause animals could keep me occupied all day). even though i love love music im completely satisfied with listening to ur music till i die 😀

            p.s i pre orderd the divergent spectrum tee + digital and my status has been at acknowledge since july 29 sorry im a little inpatient and need to rock that shirt!!! if u can help i would greatly appreciate that 

          • Ed Basscrew says:

            Hi Verb Conjugator – orders stared shipping from the Aug 2nd release date, I am tracking yours now and sending you an email!

  4. Schmidt Parker says:

    Your music is amazing something aout it is unlike another artist, I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for being who you are cause your music has made a lasting impression on me. Keep up the good work, im stoked to see you in San Diego this saturday I know it’ll be awesome.

  5. Schmidt Parker says:

    Your music is amazing something aout it is unlike another artist, I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for being who you are cause your music has made a lasting impression on me. Keep up the good work, im stoked to see you in San Diego this saturday I know it’ll be awesome.

  6. Schmidt Parker says:

    Your music is amazing something aout it is unlike another artist, I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for being who you are cause your music has made a lasting impression on me. Keep up the good work, im stoked to see you in San Diego this saturday I know it’ll be awesome.

  7. Milburn2010 says:

    If I ever met you, I could die happy. Honestly. ONE DAY!

  8. Hannahcait612 says:

    hey lorin, i know you are extremely busy but this is important news. i dont know where to post this and i really wish it was private but i have no choice. i emailed your team a few days ago and explained what happened to me and my best friend on wednesday sept 21st, but no reply. i wrote on your facebook wall but no reply. ive been talking to my really good friend Morgan Lugo because i know you guys are friends, so im pretty sure you should be getting a call/text/something from her in the next few days. im not gonna go into detail on here about anything, but pleeeeeassee just know that i have been trying to get in touch with YOU personally for the past few days. it would mean so much you have no idea. i really really look forward to hearing something from you. thanks 🙂

    Hannah O’Donnell

  9. Tarik says:

    I’ve gotta say man, after reading this, it’s making me rethink the career path I’m choosing to take. I first got a passion for music before 6th grade and joined band for all throughout middle and high school. I wanted to be a Jazz Studies major in college but after seeing how much practicing went into the saxophone auditions and how all these kids trying out had private lessons and I hadn’t, it really intimidated me into not wanting to pursue that path. Also, I wanted music to be something I did because I loved it, not because I needed it to put food on the table.

    Over the years I’ve always had open ears and listen to pretty much every genre (except for country, it’s too depressing, unless you play it backwards). I would also say that going to my first “music festival” type event made me see just how no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what language you speak, music will always be a way to bring people together and just have a sense of community and feeling connected through music.

    One of my close friends has a talkbox and a microKORG keyboard and I’ve watched him create some banging tracks and would love to be able to team up with him one day and share my ideas. Now that I’m 21 years old and am finishing up a Geography degree, I have a strong urge to go out, buy some equipment and just make music for fun now. I’ve done nothing but listen very closely to music for the past couple of years and have gotten some great ideas I’d love to be able to create one day.

    I saw you at Nocturnal and I’ve seen other DJs/Electronic groups and I just want to be up there one day, being able to make people happy/dance/feel AWESOME for a few hours in this shitty world we live in. I live it day by day because you never know what tomorrow can bring.

    Keep on doing what you do best and I hope it makes you feel like a zillion dollars knowing that you’ve inspired at least one person to pursue their lost dreams.


  10. Sarah says:

    I saw Bassnectar for my first time at Summercamp 2010. I’ve seen most of the shows, front row for Summercamp 2011, Houston 2011 @ stereolive, Northcoast 2011, Milwaukee 2011 and Bloomington 2011, as well I’ll see you in MI in November! My first time seeing you at in 2010, my friend Elliot had insisted I see this performer named “Bassnectar”. As I walked on to the field I was perplexed with all the people around me fluttering and swaggering in bizarre, eccentric motions. I had no concept of even what the music sounded like, At something my friend had called a “drop” a sudden galaxy of multicolored glow sticks flew into the air above the masses of people gathered before the stage, and pastel sky of soft purples and blues and oranges provided the background. I turned from staring at the sky, toward the stage, and something began pulsing through my body. I began to dance in that flow of the vibrations that seemingly shook the ground and diverted the atmosphere into a surreal, transcendental envelope of elevation incomparably exuberant and liberating than anything I’d ever been acquainted with or perceived in my life. Bassnectar has truly changed my life and perspective, I’d never been to a music festival before and as you mentioned, the environment of it was the one of the the most comfortable and superbly inviting places, that made the music & show. I, to this day still get goosebumps to the sound of such unparalleled tracks I heard there like  “Magical World”, “Blow”, “Are you Ready”, I played a good fraction of the hits on your Shambhala 2010 “Are you Ready” mash up with the beastie boys “So What’cha Want” on youtube (I wish it were downloadable, actually I wish all your entire sets were downloadable) and my god, I listened to Pink Elephants after you dropped it at Summercamp 2011 for the first time, for weeks on end. The uncanny forte you have for performing is incredible. I wish I were at every freaking concert because they only exponentially increase in their brilliance and creativity. I literally cannot hold my body back from dancing, the sound is just astonishingly exhilarating. I cannot think of any performance that has rivaled it, EVER. I can’t put into words how truly commendable your intentions are and how exceptionally inspiring your work is. I’ve never seen a performer go out to the audience to be so fucking compassionate to sign autographs, give out merch and give a good hug or take a picture. You do it from the sentiment and faith that those in the audience share that same deep connection with the power in your music and it’s something of the most excellent, righteous and omnipotent existence because it is so damn bona fide, they feel and love that same thing you work so hard and love too. If this log does one thing it instills the seemingly twindling idea for people to follow their dreams, you truly inspire people that ideas are much more than thoughts, because you have and turn yours into a reality. I will always be captivated by the song “Magical world” which I’ve not heard you play since our first performance together, because it most embodies the sound you create and the way it makes people feel. Enchanting in the most immaculately deviant way. Thank you so much for not only being the person you are but for choosing to share these things with your fans, because they truly love you 😉

  11. Aaron says:

    hey lorin, I like your music.  I don’t know if you’re going to see this, but I saw this the other day and wanted to post something.  To the part about turning away from “religion and the american mainstream”.  I too did this, I got really deep into drugs and stuff and I hated God because I associated him with my parents and with the religious filth that goes on in America.  Anyways I know Jesus now and He’s a lot different than I thought, Jesus hates religion too and always got pissed at the pharisees.  Not trying to preach at you and I still listen to your music haha.

    • LORIN says:

      that’s all good, aaron 🙂

      the word you are using “jesus” is probably a code/phrase you are using to symbolize what everyone else feels….that “mysterious/magical” relationship to the phenomenon of nature and creation. lots of other words are used by lots of other people like “mohammed” or “Buddha” or “crystals & chakras” or whatever…. but for me, “magical mystery” gets the job done 🙂

      as far as i am concerned, mere mortals like us have no business claiming to understand something as vast and inconceivable as “god” and we should just let the magical mystery wash over us and be thankful for the experience

      • Aaron says:

        I believe Jesus is God, He’s in heaven but His Spirits on the earth and the church is turning many away through the religious bleh haha.  I understand what you’re saying I was in new age prior to this and also “felt” something like I did with drugs, but He is different I know He’s the way.  but once again I’m not going to go on your site and you know, I just connected with that part.  Thanks for replying yo! haha 🙂

        • LORIN says:

          there are many ways, and the only ways i dont like are the ways that claim to be the only way


          • chukaman says:

            If only it had a full stop at the end that would be the best sentence on the whole of the Internet. I love that sentence right now, even without its full stop. Period. Whatever.

            Tell me Lorin, what do we have to do to get you out to South Africa?

      • Oldsurfingfrank says:

        it’s like you read my mind and put it into coherent and eloquent language. I was watching you interview in 2009 I believe, your music inspired by an earthquake. a freaking natural disaster! You are amazing. I cannot wait to work for you on NYE.

        Much Love,

        • LORIN says:

          and dont get me wrong, i’m not like, inSENSitive about disasters

          but as a child it was extremely intense to feel that low frequency ENERGY, and it definitely did inspire me, creatively.


      • MementoMori says:

        Just skimming over these comments a year after they were written, and thought i’d say that “magical mystery” is (for me personally) much MUCH more inspiring and positive than any man-made religion. Mystery is a much more powerful motivator than threats (If you sin you get eternal punishment) If there is a god, divine power, force-at-be, aliens, flying spaghetti monster, etc, then personally it just sucks the mystery right out of this unfathomably ENORMOUS and beautiful universe. If anyone has the time or curiosity, please watch this video of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson commenting on the importance of looking up

  12. Skybass says:

    The story about the sticker Brother gave you made me feel compelled to tell you my short story and it’s thanks to you. The first time I even heard of you, I was still (and continue to always be as music is so powerful no matter the genre) into House Music. I wasn’t sure what to think but I always kept your songs out of respect. During the Bloomington concert back in September I had no idea what I was getting into. I can still remember the whole night, the music, the sweat pouring from dancing my ass off for hours on end, the mind blowing lights and the balloons( :P). From then on, I re-evaluated my dreams of just DJ and instead, both creating and performing. When I saw your label with the bird covered in speakers it reminded me of two things I hold dear: I love to fly, feel like im flying, anything that makes me feel airborne….and I LOVE Bass. So thanks to you, I swore if I ever made a Band or gave myself a name, it’d be Skybass. Today I operate under that name and am currently busting my ass trying to always better my skills in hopes of following the many amazing performers out there. Keep it positive bro.  

  13. Bobby W. says:

    your rave at dc armory changed my life best experience ive ever had in my life!!! your bass is so sweet bassnectar fits you perfect keep it up man & get back to the dc area asap cuz i will be at every event from here on of yours around the area!!!! no one can make a crowd rage like BASSNECTAR!!!

  14. DJNiconek says:

    This is very interesting, and I’m glad you’ve shared it with us. You’re music is the best out there right now, and we blast it at every party. I know how appreciative you are of fan support, which is why I’m leaving this. I’m glad to see such a smart person as yourself as successful as you are, and maybe one day I can join you in the fun on stage.

  15. Christian Le Blanc says:

    Hey Lorin.  I just ordered tickets to the show in Plymouth at the Crobar, a venue I’ve been to before when my buddy played there a while back.   I paid for the tickets but they didn’t post on my email.  I noticed that it said that if they weren’t sent to my email within twenty four hours that I should contact you guys and figure out what happened.  I know that I got all of my info in as far as the card and everything in time.  I’m not totally concerned yet but hope that if they don’t come through in twenty four hours I can get this figured out fairly easlily.  I have been really into hard rock for sometime now with bands like Tool, NIN, Slipknot and the Deftones, Korn being some of my favorites.  One of the Chefs that I work with named James introduced me to Dubstep and I can’t get enough now.  There is just something about your music and the genre as a whole that gets into my soul and makes me wanna move.  I have gone through the whole rave thing and was never really moved until I experienced Dubstep.  I want to thank you for what you have done.  I am thirty three now and was part of the rave scene when Time magazine did their cover on ecstacy.  I was actually at some of the parties that were in the magazine, but at that time I was there for the drugs to be honest.  Once I get everything figured out with my ticket I will be at the show in Plymouth with friends from work for the music.  I can’t wait and am looking forward to seeing you Rock that place like nobody ever has.  I know you have it in you and hope you bring your A game.  I’m a newbie to Dub but I like everything about it, from the grimy and downright filthy drops to the chillstep.  I Love it all.  Thanks Lorin, for being you and doing what you do.  Sincerely Christian Le Blanc

    • Anonymous says:

      1. check your junk mail and stuff
      sometimes automated receipts and whatnot get dumped into the abyss

      2. if youre really sure you have no receipt and the charge has posted to your card then contact the box office, which I believe is 877-271-1280

      3. where does your info say to contact the artist if your receipt doesn’t arrive in your inbox within 24 hrs?

  16. Lauren Ferguson says:

    so fantastic 🙂 I tweet to you quite frequently(ohhlaurenalise) and only just realized since my tweets are locked you can’t even read them…hahaha. so I’m using this to tell you how much love and respect I have for you, how many amazing nights (14 in fact!! 15 and 16 are paid for 🙂 ) you’ve given me and my friends, and how amazing of an artist you are. I feel honored to be able to experience your shows and all that goes with them, and being a basshead. You really have the magic touch with your fans and are awesome at reciprocating the love and attention. Thanks for having so many ways for two way communication, and for giving the wOOOble to our WOMP. love ya! 

  17. Andrea says:

    Hey Lorin want to rap some NWA togather sometime 🙂 Sending love to you and the crew for your weekend of hard work you have ahead. <3 basshead andrea.

  18. @WDeanis says:

    Lorin, I can’t put anything here that hasn’t already been said, but adding my praise can always be another drop in the bass bucket.  When I first heard your music, I fell in love immediately.  I tried sharing it with my friends, and I can’t say they fell in love too, but I’ve always prided myself in a unique musical taste and I think their dislike only encouraged me to explore the depths of music further.  I can’t speak for anyone except myself here, but I want you to know that in addition to your music, your unapologetic creativity and unyielding sense of self has pushed me to discover more about who I am without worrying what my friends may think.  You’ve helped me more than I could ever explain, but it’s important that you keep faith in the profound impact music still has on a young generation inundated with pressures to fit in. You set a great example with your music that speaks so clearly, and I can’t wait to see what you do next.  Thanks for everything Lorin, and continued success!!

    P.S. graduated college a year ago and just because I have to be corporate doesn’t mean I can’t rage with a quality pair of headphones in the office 🙂

  19. transcendentwaves says:

    “simultaneously pushing the boundaries further and further and I wanted to be at the core of all of them,” so profound! You feel that theme in Hindu philosophy & jungian psychology, just everywhere.. the whole fabric of being alive. Centrality and interconnectivity! such perfection exists underneath, outside of, inside of every moment. Your music always reminds me of that. it’s good to be alive! see you at Snow globe nye 2012.. my soul finna inflate and get up above the clouds.

  20. Morgntaylor says:

    Shit I’m half way through art school but the burning desire to be a musician is burning hotter and hotter. Maybe it’s just that I’m just never satisfied with where I am….or is that a good thing? If I do decide to pursue music any way, you are a true inspiration. I went rock climbing today and fell and fucked up my leg and just spent about an hour bawling my eyes out over the Infected Mushroom show I am going to miss on NYE, but after reading pretty much your entire website, the tears and much of the pain is gone. Your words and values reflect the ones I strive for, and I’ll go to sleep soundly tonight knowing that there ARE people who love your shows more when they are sober. I’m 19 and have already been to rehab twice for drug/alcohol abuse. Neither time worked, but I have cut back so much purely because I don’t fuckin like getting all fucked up any more. I always forgot that getting fucked up can send you to opposite ends of the good time/ bad time spectrum, and sometimes it seems like fate just rolled the dice on your ass, no matter how many precautions you took. Way off topic but anyway, You are an amazing being.

  21. Almendra R says:

    Lorin, the more that I read about you, the more you inspire me. I hope that someday I get the chance to speak to you in person, I feel like I would benefit quite a bit from what you’ve got to say, and your persona in general. Your ideas are clear and I’m very fond of the way that you speak to people. I love the message that you send to us kids, but most of all, I love your simplicity and humane values. Community. It’s something that I hardly find here in my dry, racist, STD-infested mid-western town. 

    Thank you for being such a wonderful musician, and human being. You bring happiness, awareness and life into this world. Even though I don’t know you, I’m proud as fuck. 

  22. Kateschatz says:

    Lorin, I remember you from UCSC, and from San Jose too…feel like I probably saw you play at the Cupertino library or something 🙂 Congrats on all you’re doing! Also I’m trying to remember if you ever DJed on Radio Free San Jose…

  23. olivia says:

    lorin ,im a huge fan im curious how long have u been making dubstep?

  24. Nikki says:

    So upset your not going to be at electric forest, considering it is my first year attending this festival, i was really looking forward to seeing you. Your amazing and everyday i reminisce about seeing you live and i really would hope you would think this over and decide to go! Seeing that tweet made me so upset. Please please please go back to eforest 2013 !! Your music is so magical and amazing and the festival wouldnt be the same without you there…

  25. Whitney Craven says:

    LORIN! I have finally found a way to say this to you and you possibly seeing it. I have been going to your shows at Red Rocks the last 3 years and this past weekend when you were here you made it so special! Not only for throwing down 2 nights, but also for meeting us… Best night of my life. I just want you to know that you don’t only blow my mind away at every show but you love your fans so much and show it! You took the time out of your night to meet us and you always talk to your fans, your AMAZING! I love your music and it just seems to get better and better! But anyways love you, love your hair, rock on forever and we will be trying to come to every show we can! 🙂

  26. Alex J. Flores says:

    lorin are you an atheist?

  27. Alex J. Flores says:

    oh yeah and when are you releasing a new album…IM Anxious to hear your new stuff

  28. Albert says:

    I have always wanted to know your roots and how you evolved into what you are today since I only had a basic idea of what you were. I have certainly had some similar aspects as you since I wanted to be in a heavy metal band as well but I just started evolving into electronic music. I as well haven’t even learned crap about music theory. It hasn’t been that long that I started producing music (7 Months now) but, you have become one massive Influence on me. You never set a barrier on yourself and you always tend to exceed the limit and lately I have been doing that. You never tend to go for the mainstream electronic music style that is today (which the majority is just non stop fist pumping to be honest) You have so much creativity and imagination to make some killer tracks and that’s what I love about you. I also like the fact that you’re so engaged to your fan base unlike many other musicians that are just in for the money and don’t give a crap about the music. You have a passion for it regardless and I do as well. I hope I can one day see you live and meet you in person because you’re one hell of man in the scene that deserves much respect.

  29. Kaelin Ripley says:

    Where did your logo come from? Or maybe, what inspired you to make that your logo? I haven’t been able to find any information on it.

    • Colleen says:

      Lorin has written a big long explanation on precisely this question, lemme track it down and get back to you. Stay tuned!

      • Kaelin Ripley says:

        That would be awesome!! Please do! I have searched everywhere for anything about it and surprisingly came up empty.

        • Colleen says:

          Yup I’ll get it to you by the end of the day, OK? 🙂

          • Colleen P says:

            19 days late D:
            I’d love to hear his own explaination of the logo

          • Colleen says:

            so sorry. this got buried in my inbox. gimme 20 min, promise 🙂

          • Colleen says:

            here is lorins explanation of the bassnectar logo:

            “logo: my dear friend who created the word “bassnectar” helped me create the logo. We searched through books of images and icons, and found something similar to the first original design. We messed with it in photoshop and made it more circular (it almost looked like a bad 1970’s airline logo at first!) and i always took it to be kind of my own ‘yin yang’ interpretation, with an open end that flows out endlessly.

            Depending on the color/contrast, there is one image that is ugly, looks insectlike, or like claws…it is sharp, cold, almost ruthless…or maybe just creepy. or maybe just ALIEN and strange.

            the flipside imagery is beautiful, circular, curved elegantly, sweeping, almost flowerlike…

            i have had a very deep relationship with the understanding of ‘good & bad’ or right and wrong. Although my opinions and perceptions always change, i currently do not really understand life to be either good or bad, but rather open to perception, with everything in a bizzare nondecipherable balance…something that is good for one is bad for another and vice versa.

            Sometimes what is best for the human race is WORST for our planet. Sometimes what is best for a species of animal is WORST for some humans. Sometimes what is best for a beautiful oak tree is worst for mistle-toe that is trying to grow inside of (and live off of) the tree.

            like this:


            it is kind of psycho creepy, but also beautiful.

            and what is bad there? is the ant bad because it is gross looking? it looks like a monster.

            or is it bad because it ruthelessly kills other insects?

            or is the cordiceps bad because it kills the ant so visciously?

            are all the insects bad because they overun their environment?

            are the spores/fungus bad because they keep the insects in check?

            etc etc…

            the logo is about letting go of human dogma (RELIGION!) and surrendering to a much larger universe, but also embracing every miniscule second and tiny experience as PRECIOUS.

            its a permanent, perfect SIMULTANEOUS dichotomy of total insignificance and total significance merged as one into every single flashing second.

            and the logo means a lot of other things too, and you can say it means whatever you want to you as far as im concerned:)


            as far as any other imagery it is all just fun, interesting, playful art that you can interpret as you please

  30. Pat says:

    you gotta write a book! it would be our generations “Acid Test”.

    • Dr_Shaman says:

      I love Bassnectar as much as the next basshead. But that is an incredibly stupid statement. Dont compare anyone to the Dead, or to Owsley the Dancing Bear Stanley. No generation will ever have another “acid test”

  31. ????t??808? says:

    I have been reading a lot of your old questions and answers lately. Just from reading them, and researching different topics and issues you address, have opened my eyes to a lot of things. And I can honestly say your stories and wise words have made an impact on my life. And I can’t thank you enough for broadening my horizon and presenting me tools that allow me to address these topics and help others in the process.

    I’m sure you get this a lot, but it’s nice to see someone I look up to so much continue to give back to the things he cares about.
    Much love homie! See you this fall <3

  32. Justin B says:

    Love everything you do Lorin! My first musical influence and love was Metallica, at the age of 6. Bassnectar was the first taste of dubstep for me. I’ve always had an incredible fascination with EDM, but never could find the right sound. One day, in 2009. My best friend, put Bassnectar radio on Last FM. I then heard the first song. A song that took me to another level. As in a natural high, before I ever really experimented with anything (Sound/Music was my first high. Spending large amounts of money into audio, in my first car at age 18.) The name of this song, was Timestretch. Since that day, no song has ever reached the galaxy, that Timestretch took me to.

    I finally had the opportunity to attend your show in GR, at the Delta Plex. I’ve attend a good handful of concerts in my 22 years of life. And the only other concert that comes anywhere close to what I felt, and experienced on October 5th, 2013. Is Metallica. During your set. I watched, in a trance. As you made every sound and note with your bare hands. No pre-recorded, DJ with his hands in the air more than half the show sh*t. lol

    I support you, and the whole Bassnectar team! Thank you for everything you do, Lorin! I hope one day, i have the chance to meet you, and the Bassnectar crew!

    Bass Head For Life

    ~Justin B.

    P.S. Hope to see you at ELECTRIC FOREST 2014!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Jobi Morris-Gavrieli says:

    is the photo of you spinning vinyl in the CCC warehouse? aunt showed me pictures of that place a week or two ago and i almost died of amazement.

  34. David Ascarrunz says:

    I am so far behind.. Just now getting into electronic music, and I wish I spent more time being open to everything as opposed to bashing it because there was no instrumentation. (how little did I know that a computer is a very sophisticated instrument) I feel like I wasted a lot of time, however I am grateful for this “2nd chance” at life that electronic music has given me. Thanks to you, Bassnectar. Don’t think I could of done it without you.

  35. shanebasshead says:

    this is gold right here. always uplifted when I stumble and re-stumble upon things contained within the site. heavily inspired but sometimes I feel overwhelmed with where to channel my energy/intensity. I can do anything but not everything. WAI??

  36. Jamie says:

    please write a book

  37. Martin M says:

    I love your story! Especially your metal->hippie/rave transition origin! That same recurring pattern is in so many of us bassheads — Keep on, keepin on, Brotha Lorin!

  38. whoDAT says:

    LOL WHAT A TRIP !!!!!!!

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