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Bassnectar, Gramatik @ Wellmont Theatre 11.16.12 (review)

Bassnectar Vava Voom

By: Terrance Pryor

Even though it was quite chilly outside, spirits were high as people decked out in bikinis and tanktops congregated at the Wellmont Theatre for a sold out performance from Bassnectar.

"My name is Gladkill and I'ma play ya'll that pretty shit". That's exactly what California DJ Boris Gladkikh (better known as Gladkill) did during his 45 minute set. This was his first time performing in the Garden State and the crowd welcomed his unique and majestic brand of dance music. Brooklyn's own Gramatik has been gaining a ton of buzz with performances at Red Rocks, Electric Zoo and Camp Bisco. Devil horns, glow sticks and a Rastafarian banana adorned the dancefloor for Gramatik's electronic/hip hop onslaught. Accompanying Gramatik for the set was his fellow producer/live guitarist F.A.Q who managed to pull off some killer riffs. The DJ had the entire crowd put their fist in the air for digital freedom, something that he takes seriously. Not only is Digital Freedom the name of his new EP, it's also his revolution against big corporations looking to censor the internet.

No one is really surprised that Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, is one of the most beloved DJs in the scene right now. Ashton has been selling out shows left and right across the country for quite some time now. The socially conscious producer really knows how to take care of his fans. Nectar ambassadors handed out ear plugs and cooled fans off during the Santa Cruz DJ's epic two hour set. Before taking the stage, the audience rushed forward to get a closer glimpse of the long haired electronic guru.

Rocking a Bad Religion shirt, Bassnectar managed to keep everyone moving during some killer remixes of Dr. Dre ("The Next Episode"), Old Dirty Bastard ("Shimmy Shimmy Ya"),  Jimi Hendrix ("Fire") and Gogol Bordello ("Immigraniada"). The biggest highlight was his remix of Pennywise's "Bro Hymn" which had the sold out crowd singing along to its simplistic yet powerful chorus. While the crowd was getting wild, security were seen bumping their heads to cuts like "100" and "Vava Voom". As far as visuals go, there was some killer eye candy happening throughout the set. The rainbow lights during "Elevate" were hypnotizing while the video of paint covered girls during "Ugly" was pretty humorous. Lorin even took some time to acknowledge the people in the balcony who were just as crazy as those on the dancefloor. Balloons , confetti and a huge inflatable purple dragon ended the night as it turned into one huge party. Bassnectar probably wouldn't have it any other way.