Smothered In Bass(nectar)

By Kaitlin Perry

Photo by Brian Smilowitz

Bassnectar needs no pre-article bio. He’s played music festivals worldwide and has done countless shiver-inducing remixes of such artists as The Pixies. His hair is long, his bass is loud and his fans are eclectic (to say the least). He seems to be living the dream of every DJ out there – but better. And here’s why.

It is my understanding that DJs like to be mysterious (i.e. Deadmau5 and his adorable mouse hat). They like to simply stand and bounce behind their laptops and other technological instrument gadget thingies and let their fans do all of the entertaining. But Bassnectar is different. Not only does he actually dance as he plays his music, but he also talks to the crowd, letting them know when he’s gonna slow it down or speed it up and checking in on them to make sure everyone is doing okay. If I had asked the guy to my right, who was so happy all he could do was stand in one place and smile with the widest eyes I’d ever seen, how is night went he’d probably say Bassnectar was his new best friend. Though some might say drugs were the reason for this guy’s emotions, I say it was the personable DJ surrounded by all of those giant screens.

Bassnectar played all of the favorites, including his sing-a-long remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” and the ever-catchy “Basshead,” as well as a few beats I hadn’t heard live before. Having seen Bassnectar twice already (R.I.P. San Diego Street Scene), I wasn’t expecting to hear or feel anything new from this artist, but I was pleasantly mistaken and have decided that this was one of the best DJ sets I’ve ever seen. The positive energy was tangible, despite the amount of weirdos in the crowd, and the music was impressive – a welcome change from the music played in P.B. bars.

Some highlights? The 40-year-old man in a leather biker vest and yellow tutu; the girl in fuzzy boots who didn’t know how to dance (she could only stomp backward and forward); the shiny confetti that dropped onto the crowd during “Lights”; the circle of girls that impressively dropped it to the floor during Dev’s “Bass Down Low”; the fact that 90% of the crowd didn’t go to UCSD (home of the RIMAC Arena); running into unexpected friends (always a plus). For those that missed out, don’t fret. This show was only the beginning of a brand new tour. Check out Bassnectar’s site for upcoming dates.



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