Bassnectar Talks Politics, Failure, Disinterest in EDM in New Interview
Keeping pace with Lorin Ashton, better known by his stage name, “Bassnectar,” would keep one on his toes. As much a DJ and producer as he is an event organizer and curator of talent for said events—think Basslantic City, Ashton’s latest event installment, and Bass Center, poised to celebrate a decade of production come September—Ashton’s versatility has rendered him a dance music staple.
Yet when it comes to the term “EDM,” Ashton is admittedly, and confidently, “disinterested.” “I feel EXTREMELY—and you can put that in all caps—disinterested in EDM,” Ashton stated in a recent interview with Westword. “There are very few EDM artists who I’m impressed [with] or intrigued by their personality or what they’re projecting…I think there’s a lot of good, inventive minds, but I don’t think they’re EDM. And I think EDM is something I just don’t know anything about,” Ashton continued, distancing himself from the umbrella term when asked his thoughts on whether EDM has a political quality to it.
The extensive interview spans politics in the traditional sense, touching on the nation’s President, Donald Trump, how EDM fits into the political atmosphere, the concept of failure and its frequency in Ashton’s world, and not surprisingly, details on the Freestyle Sessions set to develop over the course of three-days at 1STBANK Center. The full interview may be accessed via the link below.