website: www.bassnectar.net

For the last decade, Lorin Ashton has helped develop the North American
underground dance music scene. From touring full time as a DJ (an average
of 125 shows per year), to his production & remixing under the alias
Bassnectar, he has ammassed a dedicated fan base, crossing over from hip
hop to electronica to breakbeat to ragga/dub to the jam band scene and the
greater Burningman Scene.

Lorin has released Mesmerizing The Ultra, his double album debut on
Amorphous/Organic Music, available through Fontana Distribution in the
United States and Universal Distribution in Canada. Having remixed or
collaborated with the likes of KRS One, Heavyweight Dub Champion, Michael
Franti & Spearhead, Buckethead, The String Cheese Incident, Saul williams,
Noam Chomsky, Cheb I Sabbah, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Crash Berlin,
Landslide, and Perry Farrell, the Bassnectar sound has benefited from a
wide lense of exposure, and evolved from cutting edge dance music to where
it exists today: a mutant mash-up of multiple styles and genres.

Imagine the heaving basslines of Drum ‘n’ Bass and Breakbeat (think
Dieselboy, Freestylers, Tipper, Aphrodite), the massive beats of old
school Hip Hop (think PublicEnemy, Beastie Boys, Run DMC), glitchy tones
and sonic tricks of modern Electronica/IDM (think Prefuse 73, Plaid, Pest,
Underworld, Aphex Twin) all mashed up with hip hop lyrics, cut-up
dancehall/ragga vocals, samples of political speeches (from activists like
Noam Chomsky, Mumia Abu Jamal, Michael Ruppert, Michael Franti, Martin Luther King, etc) and pumped through a variety of tempos. The new Bassnectar music is an exotic blend of both the listening experience and the dance experience.

As a DJ he has achieved enormous success. Rated number 3 in Nitevibe.com’s
recent DJ Dreamteam contest (second to Miguel Migs & Mark Farina), he is
constantly booked 3-4 months in advance, on a regular tour schedule,
playing to thousands of different people a month. From sold out festivals
to overcrowded clubs and warehouses to tight and tiny bars and venues; his
following continues to grow due to his unique charisma and a cutting-edge
futuristic spin on electronic music.

As a producer, he has delivered scores of 12 inch releases, charted by the
likes of Annie Nightengale (BBC Radio 1), James Zabiela, Rennie Pilgrem,
DJ Hyper, and Simply Jeff (BPM), with support from Adam Freeland, Karsh Kale, Freq Nasty, Uberzone, and Krafty Kuts. The tracks enjoyed
international praise from such publications as BPM, XLR8R, Mixer, and
Muziq, and have been licensed by MTV for multiple shows. His two full
length CDs have both gone into their third pressing, followed by the
recent release of Tempo Rosso, a full length downtempo CD for Red Bull
(13,000 copies were pressed and distributed). He has also appeared on
releases from the following labels: OM , Virgin, 6 Degrees, Functional
Breaks, Ceiba, Groundwork (Starbucks) and Kool Keith’s Sync Recordings.

Sponsored by Red Bull and M-Audio, Lorin has designed and led audio
production workshops for youth on a national touring schedule. He blends
his passion for music, politics and people by creating music, performing
at shows, and empowering others to do the same.