The musical franchise that is Bassnectar is now throwing events under his own name, and why wouldn’t he? He attracts pretty much every demographic you can think of to his shows, and these are not just casual listeners showing up–a lot of them are clearly die-hards, whether recent or oldschool. All of this was seen at Bass Island on Saturday, August 13th, on Governor’s Island in New York City. Held at the South Island Field, a change from the events I normally go to at the Beach, there was much more room to give the event a more “festival-like” experience. While the experience of walking beside the stage, then away from the stage, then back to the stage upon entering was slightly odd, the overall entrance and exit was fairly painless.
To skip to the meat, the runners-up for victors of the day included moombahton originator and rising star Dave Nada, who relentlessly spun the up-and-coming genre (what a term) in a way that surprised me–I didn’t realize how many “bubbling under” hits the genre still was withholding from my ears. Other runner up was Lupe Fiasco, clearly a favorite of the Nectar’s given his remix of perhaps Lupe’s most well-known hit–Kick, Push. Lupe’s style at Bass Island leaned toward a heavier, almost breakbeat sound, as if the beat were attempting to go more in a “rockstep” direction–which could be a smart move on his part.
The highlight of the night, of course, was Bassnectar’s 9:30 entrance. It is really unbelievable to see how exponentially this artist’s fanbase has exploded over the past two years–it’s a cult following that everyone wants to join. Much of the fare was from his recently released Divergent Spectrum, but even the novelty didn’t prevent the crowd from knowing the tracks any less–they had clearly all gotten ahold of the album. Some epic drop moments included current hit Upside Down and rock-driven Boomerang, which echoed of the sounds of bands like Nirvana. The crowd did not tire for a moment during the two-and-a-half hour set, a foreshadowing of what I can only hope is true–bass music is finding a home in New York City.