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Bassnectar and Glitch Mob double header hit hard
Venue/Date: Asheville Civic Center (Asheville, NC)
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February 19th, 2011
Reviewer: tempjuice

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This past semester I had the pleasure of attending a live performance by electronic DJ, Bassnectar. I had to make quite the hike to Asheville, NC to see this performance, so my expectations were high considering the effort being putting in to see an electronic music concert. At first I was skeptical of what type of performance would be put on, but even at the opening act, The Glitch Mob, I was immediately hooked. I was familiar with the music of both Bassnectar and the Glitch Mob coming into the show, dubbed “Bass Center”. Lorin Ashton, known on stage as Bassnectar, produces a unique variety of electronic music that is heavily focused on low, distorted, bass grooves and drops. The beats he puts behind the collage of bass are often very simple, yet extremely textured when combined with the bass. The production in is his music is extremely high, having many elements, loops, samples, and riffs being played simultaneously. However, everything has a part in his music, and can be clearly heard in its place. The Glitch Mob is a DJ group that produces a very similar music to Bassnectar, but is far more complex and is almost virtuosic. Rarely do they rely on repetition, eschewing verses for completely different “movements” set to the same beat. The drum work (or drum machine work) is critical to their music, as it is very complex and always changing. The show itself had a very diverse crowd, ranging from the ravers, to granola hippies, to urban socialites, awkwardly placed older couples, and frat boys. Once Bassnectar’s set began, the whole crowd almost exploded in dance and adrenaline. The ease at which Lorin mixes his songs live and on the fly is amazing to watch, and it adds a whole new element of spontaneity and improvisation to it. The nuances of his synthesized bass instruments and drum hits sounded much better over the Civic Center speakers. The one thing I learned about electronic music sets is that they don’t stop, ever, and it is also very difficult to tell if or when a stopping point could occur because of the fluidity and intensity Bassnectar mixes his music. The crowd was also very interactive with both the music and Lorin. Almost on cue, every build up could be felt almost instantaneously by the crowd, and the eventual drop (sudden return of heavy bass and drums after a crescendo) produced one of the best rushes I have ever experienced. The experience itself is worth wading through the questionable personalities and sweaty people who will jumping in the air with you.

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