Bassnectar aka Lorin Ashton has always stood out as a gloriously humble person. In his latest interview with Westword, Ashton’s humbleness comes through as he discusses his festival experience at Electric Forest, his upcoming Freestyle Sessions and his complete disconnect to the EDM scene.
The interview, is eye opening to say the least as readers get an in-depth look into the mind of one of the most inventive artists in electronic music. The most striking parts of the interview come when he discusses his disconnect to the EDM scene.
Well, to be clear, I 100 percent don’t feel like I’m any part of EDM any more than I’m part of hip-hop or rock and roll. And I don’t mean that coyly, like I’m dancing around the reality. I really, truly have never felt like I was a part of that. […]
I feel EXTREMELY — and you can put that in all caps — disinterested in EDM. There are very few EDM artists who I like musically. There are very few EDM artists who I’m impressed [with] or intrigued by their personality or what they’re projecting. […]”
Ashton offers his opinion on the masses going to a show only to face one or two DJs dancing around on stage.
I’m not saying this rudely to talk shit on anyone, but I truly feel so unimpressed by the concept of standing in a crowd and looking and one or two or three humans on stage dancing alone to music. It’s not that mind-blowing. Again, I’m not saying that all DJs suck except for me. I’m saying, me included, it’s preposterous.”
While his opinion may be strange to some, it does lead perfectly into his new Freestyle Sessions project which removes the visual of a DJ on stage and focuses more on the music and overall experience.
I really want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum and go super-special, super-intimate, super-creative, super-old school. It’s funny how many uphill battles you have to fight to get to do that. Getting them to let you play on the floor — like, I want to be on the floor, in a booth, and not looked at — not because I’m hiding. I want to provide people with this experience that I don’t think they necessarily get these days, which is just to be immersed in music and not be at a show, just to be at an event of dancing and immersion.”
Read the full interview with Westword here and stay tuned for more information about Bassnectar’s forthcoming Freestyle Sessions.
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