Bassnectar: “I had a slow, steady development from the ground up, no intention of getting famous. To this day I have no interest in it.”

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As a performer who shares festival stages with the many spotlight-seeking, champagne-spraying acts of EDM, Bassnectar is an outlier for his indifference to the trappings of DJ fame. Still, it hasn’t stopped him from playing the biggest festivals, selling out his own headlining tours, and leading a cult-like following that gives jam band groupies a run for their money.

The 36-year-old Bay Area-bred producer and performer has spent 14 years engineering his deadly blend of heavy dubstep, breakbeat, glitch, and hip-hop—and now there’s nobody who sounds quite like him. On June 24, he unleashes his tenth studio album, Noise vs. Beauty. Bass Nectar’s most popular song is probably his 2012 [collab with Lupe Fiasco](http://youtu.be/fnqtkcgGa78), “Vava Voom.”

As an artist, Bassnectar knows how to acknowledge that support in tangible ways. While he rarely plays at bottle service-type clubs, when he does, he asks the venue to relax their dress code to accommodate the wild and wacky stylings of his fans.

Though he could afford a more lavish lifestyle, Ashton lives modestly, more like a guidance counselor or high school teacher than a globetrotting DJ. He gives one dollar from every ticket sold to a non-profit as part of his “Dollar Per Bass Head Program.”

Indeed, Bass, who takes “family photos” at every show, is as passionate about the people who listen to his music as he is about making it.

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