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 women shine in areas that are generally predominantly run by men makes me giddy beyond measure. Get it, ladies! Not to mention their 2014 ban on Native American headdresses, which as a Little Shell Ojibwe descendent, I thoroughly appreciated.
It is so much more than 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, rich 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 breathe, alone. All in all, this is the festival to be at if you’re looking for something a little more low-key and musically a little grimier.
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.