BASSNECTAR TO BLAST MADISON
Have you been sucked into the sweet sounds of Bassnectar yet? Ok, maybe ‘sweet’ sounds isn’t the right word. How about ‘mind stomping, socially-aware electronic dance music’?
I have seen the California DJ-producer known as Bassnectar twice and they were epic events. From his waist-length hair to his outrageous bass concussions and groans to his cutting edge ethics, his shows make lasting impressions. By sticking to anthemic, big-sounding high-exposure riffs and structures, the breakdowns are big and the intensity is enormous. Over the years, he has done co-op projects with a variety of artists including, Ellie Goulding, Gogol Bordello, Sound Tribe Sector 9, and Perry Farrel to name a few.
Part of Bassnectar’s success can easily be attributed to his attitude towards his music. He says, “I tend to refer to Bassnectar as ‘omnitempo maximalism,’ which means any or all speeds, time signatures, rhythms and every sound source possible. I seem to gravitate toward really heavy tempos, lots of play with double-time and half-time and using electronic methods to embellish and reinforce other styles of music — maybe ragtime or punk rock or the blues or batucada or polka or salsa or film scores or gangsta rap or beatboxing or Balkan gypsy music or ska.”
Bassnectar’s music is in high demand and anticipation of his next full length is at a fever pitch. Last year he had sold over 200,000 tickets to his own solo shows, and this year he has already sold out about half of his spring and summer tour dates in support of his newest, Vava Voom, to be released on April 10th. The LP’s single “Vava Voom,” was a cooperative effort with Lupe Fiaso and the hip hop-meets-dubstep combination really kicks ass.
Catch him if you can in Madison on 4/13 at Exhibition Hall @ Alliant Energy Center. www.bassnectar.net
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