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June 26th, 2020

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1000 Books

For those of you who are intellectually curious, fascinated by the world, and ready to explore new perspectives, opinions, philosophies, and facts, we present “1000 Books”, a summer reading program and gift exchange. Between now and the election we want to inspire interactive learning through a giving campaign of written words from powerful minds. This is open to anyone; all we ask is that you consider sending us a short write-up of your reflections or ideas on the book we give you. It can be a simple book review, or why you would recommend this book to a friend, or it can be a list of your favorite highlights, or anything. We want to promote learning and critical thinking, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on these three diverse books.

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June 15th, 2020

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Cartoon by Victor VarnadoLong story short: With no live events in the foreseeable future, we are going to focus less on music, and more on promoting compassion, mindfulness, antiracism, and social change within our community. With all the gears grinding toward the release of this album, and all streaming services scheduled to release this week – our hearts are instead focused on how we can be interactive with other human beings and give back to the world around us.

Long story long:

If you’re feeling exhausted by the conflict and racism in this country, we hear you! It’s normal to feel overwhelmed… but there’s a lot more work to be done with regard to confronting racism and uniting against it for racial justice. By feeling empathy for people who have endured unimaginable suffering for centuries, we can stand in solidarity and learn more about how to participate in social change, never looking away just because it’s hard to witness.

[check out the cartoon by Victor Varnado – it’s perfectly poignant]

While it seems just PAINFULLY OBVIOUS, millions of Americans still need to learn that there can be no social justice until all black lives matter – Black lives are as precious and priceless and meaningful and miraculous as everyone else’s lives – they deserve equal human rights. DUH!!! Yet the roots of white supremacy run deep to the foundation of our society. In response, we join human beings all over the world to say “Black Lives Matter”, and to condemn racism and give white supremacy a public worldwide smackdown.

This is a time of solidarity and unity. Within the Bassnectar community, we invite everyone regardless of skin color or gender or nationality to join us in advocating for social justice, by rallying around Black Lives Matter. This opens it up for everyone to participate in countless ways – far beyond just saying “Black Lives Matter” out loud: we can all learn to do more. And this is more important to us than music, festivals, or entertainment.

So heads up…

If you’re looking for this to be a “music only” scene, then you’re in the wrong place. If you are new here, or you did not realize that – no worries! If you find yourself feeling frustrated or saying “shut up and stick to music”, please kindly unfollow and head over to our actual music pagesCLICK HERE FOR MUSIC PAGES – We are going to continue to think mindfully and amplify themes which matter to us even more than music – and if you’re not up for it, you can simply keep scrolling  (:

“Bassnectar” was started over 20 years ago to merge music and social change. The idea came out of university classes on social justice, the word came from the idea that music can be magnetic and draw people in like bees to honey. And while there is a lot of magic and beauty to explore through music, we see all of that as a privilege. And we believe that privilege confers responsibility to care about others and to advocate for social justice.

For us, “social justice” means all humans are created equal regardless of race or gender, so anything which prevents human equality or prevents human equity based on race also prevents social justice: thus it creates injustice. And in America, where indigenous people had their land stolen and were massacred, and countless other humans were forced into slavery – there are inherent social injustices which need to be addressed before anyone can preach about “justice for all”.

We have a long way to go as a society to not just trend Antiracism, but to live it full time, year round. This is not some self-righteous proclamation – this is an honest desire to try and do more. We all have a lot to learn, and we want to continue learning better, more cooperative, more constructive ways to give back or make a difference. We think it’s important to spend less time bickering with potential friends, less time judging the motives of others, less time accusing others of ‘virtual signaling’, less time critiquing those we share common goals and values with. Especially if you feel a lot of compassion and empathy for others: you can find ways in which you are privileged and you can USE that privilege to help others, and bring about social change for racial equality, LGBTQ rights, and all who are oppressed.

So merging music and social change is not only a lofty goal – full of challenges, obstacles, messy mistakes, foolish lessons, and lots of room for growth and improvement – it’s our roots and our culture. WE ARE NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC… our art project is interactive, but it is not about providing entertainment. It is about exploring a much deeper meaning, constantly reaching to learn how to be more compassionate, how to give more to others, how to better use our privilege to make an even deeper impact. 

With this in mind, it’s awkward to be halfway through releasing an album – with streaming services all scheduled to release this Friday – and then decide that now just does not feel like the time for us to focus on music. After consideration, we are going to postpone the release date of All Colors to June 26, and want to manage expectations that we simply are not going to focus much energy on it this summer. And since events aren’t even possible this year we are inspired to focus more time continuing to learn, reflect and think critically about how to participate with you in working toward positive social change. For all those who have already preordered the album, we appreciate your patience and support and will be adding a thought-provoking book as an extra gift to arrive with your order. You can choose between three options: “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, “A People’s History Of the United States” by Howard Zinn, or “Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. Stay tuned for a direct email about that – and thank you again!

And if you read this entire thing, thank you so much for taking the time and letting us share all of this straight from the heart. We realize how easy it is to tease, taunt, derail, or disrupt the conversation online, so thanks in advance to anyone who resists the urge to troll this thread, and to everyone who can’t resist, we hope it’s the last time we hear from you. May you find what you seek somewhere else (:

much love!


June 8th, 2020

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Anti-Racism


June 5th, 2020

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BLM Support + ParticipationOur team is sending out love, advocating for unity, and standing in solidarity with all who are a part of the BLM movement. Black Lives Matter!

We’re all deeply affected by the current events surrounding racial injustice and police brutality. And while we are upset and disturbed, we are also incredibly inspired to participate and eager to be a part of the solutions.

We want to pause another week on anything music related, and continue to focus on engagement, education, and activism – and we want to invite you to join us, get involved, and find out how you can participate.

Over the next week we will be donating $100,000, split amongst five organizations, which we’ll be spotlighting in the coming week: Black Lives Matter, Color Of Change, Campaign Zero, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, & Media Justice. Each organization relates to the themes we will explore together over the next week:

> Empowerment: Racial Equality + Anti-Racism
> Social Justice: Solidarity & Unity
> Education: Communication, Information & Truth
> Demanding Change: Reform, Policy & Oversight
> Activism: Organization, Engagement & Protest

Let’s Disrupt The System.
Together.


May 28th, 2020

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Ambassadors 2020
A BassNetwork Project

The Ambassadors are a group of individuals who have realized their capacity to make a difference in their local communities, the Bassnectar Community, and beyond.

The Ambassador Program is not a fan club; this is a place for like-minded individuals to come together and figure out how we can contribute to the vibrant community we are a part of, and how to spread this vibrancy to the world at large.

Being an Ambassador means tapping into your most creative, helpful, empathetic, and enthusiastic self. Ambassadors break down barriers between strangers, encourage community interaction, and inspire those around them to look out for one another – at shows/festivals, in everyday life, and in the digital world. This is one giant group of selfless, like-minded individuals gathered to provide new and ever-lasting experiences for those around us.

“Being an ambassador IS NOT about working at a show, it’s NOT about wearing a white shirt, and passing out water…… it’s about incorporating these values into your life and expressing them outward (values like love, kindness, health, respect, creativity, treating others as you want to be treated, honoring family and friendship, thinking critically, etc)” – Lorin Ashton

If you would like to join our team, please fill out the application below! Take your time, be thorough, and most importantly BE YOURSELF – we will review these applications and bring on new team members monthly. If you’ve applied to the program in the past, please feel free to apply again!

Thanks (:

– The Bass Network Team

A BassNetwork Project

Ambassadors 2019

Ambassadors 2019


May 22nd, 2020

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THE LOCKDOWN MIXTAPES: SOUND IN MOTION

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SOUND IN MOTION: The next Lockdown Mixtape is here!

Another shimmering collage of sound waves including tons of new flips, edits, remixes & exclusive versions PLUS three new tracks off the new ‘All Colors’ album!!!

Tracklisting:
Bassnectar – Rise & Shine
Nick Catchdubs – Chaotic Neutral Type Beat [bassnectar flip]
A-Trak & Baauer – Dumbo Drop (Gammer Remix)
DJ SS – Black (VIP Remix) [bassnectar flip]
J:Kenzo – Invaderz [bassnectar flip]
EMF – You’re Unbelievable
Darkzy ft. Mez – Gun Fingers VIP [bassnectar flip]
Marz Léon – Fire (Bassnectar Remix)
Apashe & Instasamka – Uebok (Gotta Run) (Bassnectar Remix)
Kumarion – Want It [bassnectar flip]
Emalkay – For The People [clip]
ID – ID
Delta Heavy & Kuuro – Replicant (Hydraulix Remix)
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle [bassnectar flip]
Slick Shoota & DJ Earl – Sick Shyt (Bassnectar Remix)
Bad Royale ft. Bunji Garlin – Bun It Up
Bassnectar – Rewind The Track [instrumental]
Cypress Hill – Throw Your Hands In the Air
Prefuse 73 – Choking You [bassnectar flip]
Bassnectar – Rise & Shine

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May 8th, 2020

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ALL COLORS - OUT JUNE 19

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ALL COLORS – OUT JUNE 19

HERE WE GO! Unleashing the first 2 songs off this summer’s full length album, entitled “ALL COLORS” – Dropping June 19: we’re going full spectrum with this release! Giving you the noise, the beauty, and all sorts of new colorful soundwaves to celebrate the diverse array of extremes which shine light into our universe.

Preorder + bundles available on our webstore w/ 2 tracks!!

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May 1st, 2020

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THE LOCKDOWN MIXTAPES: INSIDE FOR THE PEOPLE

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THE LOCKDOWN MIXTAPES: INSIDE FOR THE PEOPLE

This mix features tons of exclusive edits, flips, and mashed-up bootleg versions of some of our favorite tunes, as well as 2  tracks off of the upcoming album “All Colors”

Tracklisting:
Bassnectar – Nice & Easy ft. Rodney P
Fred V & Grafix – Long Distance (Giz-roc) [bassnectar flip]
Fracture X Chimpo – From Early [bassnectar flip]
Two Fingers – Rockyou Feel It [bassnectar flip]
Wretch 32 – Traktor (DJ Friction Remix) [bassnectar flip]
Skee-Lo – I Wish [bassnectar flip]
Dolenz – Jevastor [bassnectar flip]
UFO! – Logue [bassnectar flip]
Regulators x SaneBeats – Tipping Point [bassnectar flip]
Chee – Genesism [bassnectar flip]
Proxima – Ruff Scuff
Mr. Projectile – Love Here (Bassnectar Remix)
Bassnectar – Empathy (Bass Remedy Remix)
Franky Nuts – Waves [outro]
Joker – Boat [bassnectar flip]
VCTRE – Enemies [bassnectar flip]
Samba x Headland – Salt Talk [bassnectar flip]
Moguai – Freaks [bassnectar flip]
Bassnectar – Dive (2020 Redux)
Si Begg – I Can’t Take It [bassnectar flip]

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