While it’s true that pop artists like Katy Perry and rappers like Lil Wayne rule the radio stations, there is a much larger music scene that has emerged in the past decade. The revival of electronic music has caused good vibrations, extending it’s scope into almost every music genre. Even Britney Spears used a dubstep (a genre of electronic characterized by a heavy drum and bass line) track on one of her new songs. While you may think that dubstep/techno/dance/etc. is something for the fist-pumping bros on The Jersey Shore, the fact is that these shows are selling out, fast.
Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to go see my second Bassnectar show at Expo 5. Knowing what to expect this time around, I armored myself with gold hair spray, face paint, and a fluffy tutu, knowing that tonight was the night to be as eccentric as I wanted to be. Most importantly though, I was ready to rage.
The creation of Lorin Ashton, Bassnectar is one of the head figures in this movement. His unique approach to music is described on bassnectar.net as:
“an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.”
While I can try to describe the infectious energy at one of Bassnectar’s shows in words, it is better to let you listen for yourself: