When I first heard about Bass Coast I was immediately intrigued. The name alone had me excited. The progression of bass laden music and the current integration of the artists and genres that utilize the jazz, funk, soul, & hip hop greats into the new age bass music have created a whole new platform for creativity. The low frequency harmonies that underline the rhythm in music lie close to my heart. It is brilliant and continues to evolve.
When I found out that Bass Coast was a DIY festival originally founded and ran by woman with no sponsors and no corporate presence, it was the cherry on the top. Seeing other woman shine and in areas that are generally predominantly ran by men makes me giddy beyond measure. Get it ladies! Not to mention their 2014 ban on Native American headdresses, which as a Chippewa Cree Native I thoroughly appreciated.
It is so much more then that though. Bass Coast has become a staple in the west coast’s obsession with all things bass. Especially for those of us who no longer have large hip hop festivals to go to on the west coast. Paid Dues has dissipated, as well as Rock The Bells and many of the other outlets for music festivals that have the bass heavy, culturally urban, rough history that resonates with me, to the music. Don’t get me wrong, I love electronic music but there is something to be said for when I hear 90’s hip hop samples and similar production, or old funk joints I listened to as a kid fused into something new and amazing. Kills me! In the best way possible.
Bass Coast also has a 3,000 person cap that keeps it pretty personal and in my opinion a bit more comfortable for a camping festival. After a few days of being surrounded by people, even people I love, I tend to start feeling like I’m being herded this way or that and need space to breath, alone. All in all this is the festival to be at if you’re looking for something a little more low key and a musically a little more grimey.
If you want to know a little bit more about Bass Coast, it’s roots and the wonderful Andrea Graham, one of the co-founders who also happens to be a boss behind the decks as, The Librarian, check out the interview with her when she was in town HERE. For the full lineup of performers at Bass Coast check that HERE. Otherwise we will see you all there!
I’ll be having BASS for breakfast… and lunch… and probably dinner.