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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012
Bassnectar on electronic music’s relationship to rock ’n’ roll:
“I think that all new generations gravitate toward novelty and intensity, and youth culture is defined by their relationship to novelty and intensity. I think every new generation has its sound that its grandparents think sounds like noise. It happens every year, it happens every decade. Electronic music has been around since the ’50s, and most forms of music since the ’50s have been electronically enhanced, either through mixing and mastering or studio production, whether its hip-hop or rock ’n’ roll or anything, but I think taking it to the next level where the enhancements become transformative to extreme degrees certainly result in what can sound like an alien sound to someone who’s 70 years old.”
On electronic dance music becoming ‘mainstream’:
“I don’t think about it all but I get asked about it, and I just say that it’s kind of like the first time that you try a strawberry, and you love eating a strawberry, and then you start eating strawberries and they’re still amazing — if you find out everybody else likes strawberries too, it doesn’t really change the taste or experience of a strawberry, you still like it just as much. I am a very un-mainstream person, and I’m very un-pop culture, and I’ve never gravitated toward the mainstream or being popular or catering to what I see as a very bizarre world, and I think that my natural ideas and inclinations intersecting with something that happens to be popular is really funny and bizarre and cool, but it wasn’t intended and I’m not attached to it. I just do what I love and try and share it with other people, and if they love it to, then great. I think a lot of people worry about a genre being ruined, but I think that genres and ideas and style don’t necessarily have the ability to be ruined. Of course there can be cheesy offshoots and inundation, but that can happen with anything.”
Bassnectar performs at 7 p.m. Saturday on the AMD stage. He also performs an official after-show Friday at the Austin Music Hall. Tickets at www.c3concerts.com/latenight.
ACL Fest 2012
It’s coming. And we’re ready. This week:
Wednesday: Why the Roots are the best band in America. In Food & Life
Thursday: A special edition of Austin360, with critics picks, interviews, insider tips and more. Plus what to bring to the fest in Life & Style.
Friday: More previews in Movies & Life, plus our wall-to-wall live coverage starts at austin360.com. Also look for special live coverage in Saturday and Sunday Metro sections.
Saturday: Jack White’s history with Austin. Life & Arts
Sunday: Austin punks on Iggy and the Stooges. Life & Arts
Monday: A special Life & Arts section wrapping up the fest with highlights, photos and fashion from the fest.