“My mind is like a spaceship,” raps Angel Haze on the title song of Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar‘s recently released Freestyle EP. The hook is fitting: Not only as a mission-statement for the bass-loving DJ’s newest EP, but to as a sentiment that’s carried through his 20-year career. While Ashton is certainly enjoying increasing popularity with the relatively recent rise of festival-sized EDM, his influences remain as varied as the sounds he grew up listening to; the DJ regularly implements elements of hip hop, metal, rock, punk, and experimental electronica into what he once described as his own brand of “freak out” music. It’s a grab-bag style of bass where dance-floor participation is required and “euphoric transcendentalism” is a warned side-effect. And it seems to be working for him.

Hive spoke with Bassnectar about his thoughts on the production behind his newest EP, why it’s important to be a positive role model, and the ever-changing face of EDM.

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