Labeling things is almost irresistible. It allows for easy shorthand, reference to the familiar, filing away, and all those other things that allow us to get on to the really important stuff. So when you have to stop, and think, and scratch your head (or some other body part) and try to come up with a label for something and then realize you really can’t, then you stop and think about the process of labeling and what it all means. And then the realization comes – maybe this is the really important stuff.
Here in Indy… Rarely does a performer come along that pushes into these unfamiliar places, rarer still is that the case with one that’s also fun to listen to. So hats off to Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar.
Bassnectar will set your brain on fire with an impressive collection of electronic styles ranging from Chill-out to Breakbeat to Drum & Bass to Glitch to Dubstep and a unique synthesis of all of these, to a positive pimp slap that reflects not only Lorin’s passion about his music, but what it means to be a music maker.
Come and support a true revolutionary working at the peak of his craft!
Major Lazer is a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the secret Zombie War of 1984. The US military rescued him and re purposed experimental lasers as prosthetic limbs. Since then Major Lazer has been a hired renegade soldier for a rogue government operating in secrecy underneath the watch of M5 and the CIA. His cover is that of a dance hall night club owner from Trinidad and he enlisted the help of long-time allies and uber-producers, Diplo and Switch!
Diplo (Philadelphia-based DJ and producer Wesley Pentz), incorporates such disparate influences as Miami Bass and Baile Funk into the high-tech ecclecticism of his productions. Known for his forward-thinking productions for MIA, Bonde Do Role and many others, and for the solo LP of cinematic, sample-based hip hop entitled Florida he recorded for the Ninja Tune imprint. Diplo is also the founder and owner of Mad Decent records, which has put out records by DJ Blaqstarr and Bonde do Role.
Switch (the pseudonym of British producer and DJ Dave Taylor) is the owner of one of the most progressive and respected underground dance music labels around, Dubsided. His work as producer is revered by critics, emulated by his fellow DJs, and sweated hard by dance floors on both sides of the Atlantic. Switch also permanently endeared himself to the bespectacled music cogniscenti with his contribution to Santigold’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut.
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