It's been more than two months but I still can't find the right words to describe what an incredible experience Basslanta was. September 10 was my first time seeing Bassnectar live and it's a night I'll remember for the rest of my life. Hands down, it was the greatest live performance I've ever seen—his nearly two and a half hour set left me speechless. HMTA editor Steven Smith attended, too, and he can vouch for the experience. Basslanta was a two-night run, but I wasn't fortunate enough to see Nectar both nights. From what I heard, however, almost everyone that went to both nights enjoyed the second night more.
I don't even know where to start, because everything about that night was perfect from the pleasant security staff, various food vendors (Chick-Fil-A included!) and several water stations. It was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. The Nectar community is awesome and everyone there was beyond excited to see what he had in store for the second night. Good vibes were all around and it was hard not to be captivated with how well the event was organized. When it was announced, Lorin said that he wanted to change the atmosphere of current electronic shows by focusing less on the DJ, and more on the experience you have with the people around you. He even explicitly said "This is not a show, it's a gathering." He was right. It felt nothing like your regular show at a festival or theater. No matter what direction you faced, you wouldn't miss any of the performance. Lasers created patterns and designs on the sides and back of the venue, and there was a triangle-shaped centerpiece with a single LCD screen wrapping around all three sides. Throughout the night, I found myself enamored with the music and vibes so much that I would forget Nectar was mixing straight ahead of me. The setup of the whole floor was genius and blew my expectations out of the water.
The convention center is used for events like car shows, but everything was blocked off except for the floor and concessions. The inside was simple—a massive dance floor with ample space for thousands of people to get down to some heavy bass. I got to see Big Wild and Hudson Mohawke open and both of those sets put me right in the mood for some Nectar. He went on just after 10 p.m. and opened with his collab with Excision, “Elevate”. The following two hours slapped an involuntary smile across my face. The sound system was unreal and everyone around me was having a blast. Towards the end of his set, Nectar dubbed Big Boi's "Shutterbugg" over "The Mystery Spot" from his album Into The Sun. I remember Steven and I looking at each other thinking "Damn, he really just did that." He gave a few odes to ATL, including a smooth remix of Gucci Mane’s “1st Day Out Tha Feds.” When he took a family photo near the end with thousands of his closest friends, he threw this up on the main screen. "Thank you Atlanta!" This man just played what many bassheads consider one of his greatest sets and thanked us?
Thank you, Lorin. Thank you for making my first Bassnectar experience one to compete with for all the future ones.