June 15th, 2016


Bassnectar - Unlimited - June 17This spring i was shocked to learn I had skin cancer. This week I had surgery – it was a success! 100% removed – zero complications. It was extremely scary because it was about an inch under my left eye and they didn’t know how deep until they started trying to remove it – there was fear that it could have fanned out and potentially spread too close to my eye. I’ve never gone under anesthesia before, and although I am still a bit blurry, I really want to thank all my friends & family & team for support, and also Dr. Calvert & Dr. Fincher.

I have been extremely lucky in this life, avoided any real health complications, and basically have kind of a Peter Pan syndrome: still feel like I’m 20 years old. I’m also kind of a hypochondriac and spend a ton of time and energy trying to maintain optimum health through diet, sleep, exercise, and just generally being kind of a wussโ€ฆ I’m not into partying much, and I’m not a thrill-seeker or risk taker, but one of my *FAVORITE* feelings in life is laying in the sun and feeling the warm rays soak my body. I’ve always smothered myself in sunscreen, and although my sweet momma is blonde & fair skinned, my dad is Italian, and I never worried too much about getting skin cancer. I probably only hang out and sunbathe in the sunshine like 10 days a yearโ€ฆ.most of my sun exposure is just casual/daily like anyone else. I’m busy AF, I travel full time, I’m usually locked inside a dark studio. I go hiking a lot, and I go for lots of walks, but it never seemed like anything which would lead to skin cancer.

I wanted to pass on a note giving thanks, and expressing my deep joy to be able to continue enjoying life on Earth as an enthusiastic participant. But I also wanted just to pass it on that, apparently Sun Damage is a thing – and maybe if you are reading this, it can help you avoid this for yourself or a loved one. What I have learned through this crash course of shock, panic & pandemonium is that our skin can be damaged by the sun over a long period of time, and years later an issue can arise. So if you are “young & free” and just living life to the fullest that’s great and all, but wear sunscreen. They say having “zinc” in the sunscreen is ideal, and while 30 SPF is ok, they recommend 45-50. This isn’t just for when you lay out in the sun, its for basically every day. I had what is called “Basal Cell Carcinoma” which thankfully is “easier” to remove than some other types. Although it was in a very dangerous spot right next to my eye, it simply had to be removed, and sooner than later. I am obviously not a doctor, but if you know me, you know that Health & Safety is a huge priority for me, as well as for the whole Bassnectar Crew. I strive to help my friends live as happily and healthily as possible, so this is something I just felt called to share. Make sure you go see your doc regularly, at least once a year for a physical, and just keep on top of your health: these amazing bodies are ABSOLUTELY the most magical things we have, and I hope you treasure yours carefully, as well as encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Yesterday I read this:

The odds of you existing:
1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
The odds of you dying:
1 in 1
You dying is no miracle.

Life is just so precious, it’s such a mysterious gift. And in the wake of such tragedy like the Orlando Shooting: my heart goes out to the victims & their families, and at the same time all who are alive right now have an opportunity to treasure their bodies and their nervous systems, and inspire others to do so as well.

I’m all over the place here, but one other thing: last weekend at Mysteryland I threw a little disguise on, and went running around out in the festival just to people watch, and have an adventure. I noticed a guy walking around alone with burn scars on his face, and I felt an over-riding desire to say hello, make friends, give him a hug. His name is Sean Canepa and he is extremely kind – we got into a cool conversation about his life. When he was 5 years old he was nearly burned alive in a car accident, and although he suffered burns across much of his face and body, he is literally one of the most kind, positive, thoughtful people I have met. He said “I’ve been a burn survivor now for almost 17 years and have learned to not only accept the cards I’ve been dealt but also to truly love and own up to it. It makes me who I am and I would never give up anything in the world to change it.” He wants to be a motivational speaker for other burn victims, and that talk was an amazing inspiration to me. It put things into perspective since no matter how bad things may be, they can always be worse: we humans are resilient and innately strong: we have the power to survive and flourish, and this raw energy which drives us to “rage against the dying of the light” is so magnetic and precious. After my talk with Sean I thought again about how ‘Comparison is the thief of happiness’ and how easy it is to be happy and grateful when you take stock of your basic blessings, and view yourself as ONE IN A ZILLION lucky to be alive. When you start comparing yourself to others, and what they have or what you lack, you start to focus on your deficiencies, and become ungrateful. So this is a renewed resolution to spend my time being grateful for what I have, as opposed to being ungrateful for what I don’t have.

And also to wear a ton of sun screen. So if you see me around and i have tons of white stuff smeared all over my face, you’ll know I’m just doin me : )

Thanks for reading, much love.


26 Responses to “HEALTH AND GRATITUDE”
  1. tab021 says:

    Lorin! So glad everything is all well with you. Health is a such a precious thing to try to maintain while we bounce around this noisy life. Best wishes and safe travels, and come chill in the trees at Electric Forest… See you there ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jeff says:


    I’m very glad everything went ok, surgery is a very stressful thing. You’re an inspiration to us all and I’m so glad you can continue doing what you love. Every show I’ve been to has always been a throwdown with the best fans around. It’s all due to you and I Thank You! I really hope to randomly bump into you when ever you’re wandering around a festival or the general public. Thanks for getting me through the hard times and I can’t wait for what you bring to the future, the possibilities are … #UNLIMITED


  3. Garner Perkins says:

    Guess this is a warning to everyone about the dangers of going “into the sun.” Looks like our bodies aren’t #UNLIMITED after all ????? can’t wait for my first live Nectar experience at NYE!!!

  4. NaosGlass says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I need to get my arse in to see a dermatologist and have him give me a lookover soon. In my 40’s now and everyone should do that around this age just to make sure – and keep going – they can pop up at any time due to sunburns you got even as a child. My father’s been having pre-cancerous spots removed for decades now.

  5. Nicole says:

    So much love for you babe

  6. Ayatt Almasi says:

    I love you so much. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I recently had a skin cancer scare, thank buddha it didn’t turn out to be such. But it gave me a swift kick in the ass. Its so important to take care of ourselves. I’m happy you’re okay ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kyle Richardson says:

    Glad you’re okay Lorin! I’m also interested, what kind of sunscreen do you use? There is a website called and on that site you can find their 2016 guide to sunscreens, which will break down all the ingredients used in each sunscreen brand and product. They rate each sunscreen with a score or grade to indicate how helpful (or harmful) this product is for protecting your skin. I highly recommend!!! Stay healthy bud, cant wait for the full release of your new album on Friday!

  8. Andrew Spiziri says:

    Glad to hear your safe Lorin – that opening line gave us all a scare. Good to know you were able to get out ahead of it before it had spread to far and impacted you too much.

  9. Jose says:

    No doubt. I will head out to natural grocers and get me some sunblock

  10. Nathalie says:

    I’m happy to know you are okay! And it makes me happy that you took time to write this out to warn people to be safe at all times. You are truly amazing:) it also makes me smile how you went and spoke to a stranger just to chat, and learned so much about him. Keep being/doing you! Much love?

  11. Morgan Rose says:

    I cannot believe you were out in disguise at Mysteryland!!! Lorin that is sooo cute omg!!! I almost FEEL your pain dude!! Having to be a locked up basically”prisoner” famous person sometimes wen I kno u soo desperately just wana come hang out n be part of the crowd!! How bad you wana be a lil Basshead on tour following *You around is sooo cute!!! I was there at Red Rocks too last year wen you told us how badly you wanted to come out n hang out on the lot with us!! How you were soo close!! But it’s always the risk of well…if anyone finds out its you then you know unfortunately that you are basically gana be mobbed like MAD crazzzy as soon as anyone finds out its you!!!! But its just soo cute Lorin…omg!!!
    “I never get to go to a *Bassnectar show…you guys are just soo cute out there in the lot with all your flags n little pins and art!! I just wish I cud come hang out with you all!! Soo just be grateful n know that u are lucky…bcuz I would give anything just to have a little glimpse of what it might be like….of what it might be like to see me up there…but I never get to see what you guys see….the closest thing I have is getting a glimpse of what it might be like…from watching you all see me!!……or I believe something along the lines of this is what you said at red rocks!!!! And it melted my heart to pieces!!! It really must be strange…..n soo….I hope you get to get to do much much more of this Lorin!!! Much love to you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. AtxBasshead says:

    One Love Mr. Nectar

  13. nicole says:

    good heallh

  14. H. says:

    With time comes wisdom. You overcome hurdles. You grow, evolve and
    change as a human being. The more time passes by, the more you realize
    how precious life really is. The more you value human connection.
    Empathy and compassion for everyone. When tragedy an
    illness or loss you often find yourself on road that diverges into two
    paths.You can be miserable and drown yourself in sorrow or you can
    choose to be grateful for life and share your wisdom with others. It
    requires a lot of strength to choose the latter and I applaud you for
    that. Lots of courage to share your story. I had to learn the hard way.
    But I have learned nonetheless.
    What I have learned is to see past all the trivial things that don’t seem to matter anymore.
    Letting go of anger and sadness. The healing power of letting go, friendship and music.
    Practicing gratitude and embracing happiness. Standing by the ones who
    are hurting. Treating the body like a sacred temple it is. I remember
    once you spoke about karma. Do good and you will receive good. The
    rule. Living a healthy life. Random acts of kindness. It’s a philosophy
    I am living by. It has treated me so well. I am grateful for those
    lessons. You can say itยดs a metamorphosis. More
    of a journey you find yourself on. You have instilled so much wisdom in
    myself and others. I wish you lots of wisdom in this experience.
    Reflection on current outlook and perspective on life (Practicing
    meditation can be a very helpful tool) And continuous health and
    happiness. Light and positive vibes.

  15. Eemahn says:

    My girlfriend just had a recent scare with skin cancer this year as well so this hits right at home for us. We used to love laying in the sun together, but since then it’s time to be cautious and aware that as you get older spending more time in the sun can be really bad for you. Everything in moderation.

    Glad to hear the surgery was successful and you’re doing well! Be safe out there and see you soon!

  16. Billy good says:

    This just goes to show how mortal each and every one of us are. Anything can happen to anyone no matter how hard you try to stay healthy. Im unbelievable happy to hear everything worked out for you lorin, and i love that you still emitted such a positive powerful vibe at mysterland, even though at that time you didnt know how this was going to effect you. Keep on living, keep on loving, you have much love from me and so many others.

  17. Cristian Maldonado says:


    IM SO HAPPY YOU ARE OK. You are such an inspiration and an amazing soul, you are truly an amazing man and I’m proud to have you tattooed on my body. Stay healthy Lorin <3

  18. shanebasshead says:

    glad your well & thank you for sharing such personal information

  19. Andy says:

    Thank you for all you do. I am so happy your ok, your work is amazing. Skin cancer awareness is really important. Maybe keep a watch on the additional uv rays that you pick up from monitors and tablets. The reflections increase exposure.

  20. DB Montana says:

    Happy to hear that they were able to get you back in good health!

    Health > *

    – Dave

  21. Lara says:

    This was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing, that was incredibly touching. I actually sent both my mom and daughter zinc oxide medical grade sunscreen a few weeks ago. That ingredient is so important and not enough people know about it.

  22. Joshua says:

    Impossible and overwhelming.

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