Another year passed and another Bass Camp Music Festival shook the Earth with bone rattling music. Returning to South Lake Tahoe’s Hard Rock Hotel, BCMF16 boasted its most extensive lineup yet. Featuring UK dubstep legends Nero alongside the singing sister duo Krewella, this year’s festival spanned two gloriously sunny days. Other main stage acts included Hermitude, Arty , and Figure b2b Protohype. I’ve put together an after movie below to give you a taste of what it was like at this year’s Bass Camp Music Festival.
The vibes this year were amazing as always. From the moment you entered the festival gates, there was an abundance of laughs, smiles and positivity. Festival goers from all around came together to dance and sing in the sanctuary of musical freedom.
Some highlights of the festival:
Hermitude was the first artists I got to hear on Friday. Flying in all the way from Australia, the duo once again showed why their live electronic performance is one of the most coveted in the industry. Toting drum pads, percussions and even an electric piano guitar, they rocked their 5pm set from beginning to end, evening sprinkling in some tasty new music.
After Hermitude came Alvin Risk. One of my personal favorites, this Owsla signed artist played an exceptionally bass heavy set. With his unique and tantalizing melodic dubstep, he truly embodied the perfect Bass Camp artist as far as music goes. The highlights of his set for me were when he played an unreleased Skrillex song tentatively titled “Pop It” and his own original track “Empty Hearted”.
Figure b2b Protohype:
My second favorite set of the weekend came from the bass blasting duo of Figure and Protohype. The combination of Figure’s face melting dubstep and Protohype’s hyphy yet tastefully trap made for an out of this world experience. Figure was one of the artists that first got me into the electronic music scene back in 2010, and during Nero’s set, I had the chance to speak with him and his mother and thank him for his work!
Previously known as Kill Paris, this electro-funk master returned to play Bass Camp again after a spectacular performance at BCMF 2014. Corey Baker has been killing the electro-funk game for years now, along other heavy hitters such as Griz and Grammatik in the same boat. The highlight of his set for me was when he dropped Seven Lion’s remix of “Beautiful”. As one of my favorite songs of all time, it was insanely hard for me to contain my excitement while shooting on stage.
Dack Janiels b2b Wednesday with Surprise Guests Figure b2b Protohype:
This was by far the heaviest set of the weekend. Lofted up 25 feet in the air on the wonderful Dancetronauts stage, these four spun together in a rare b2b2b2b set. The filth that spewed from the speakers for their hour long set sent the entire crowd of hard core bass heads into a feverish frenzy of bass music induced insanity. The front railing that divided the crowd from the stage looked like a paper fence the way it was tossed and thrown around by the increasingly forceful headbanging of the rail riders.
Finally, last but certainly not least, came Nero. Performing a DJ set, only one member showed up to spin, but none the less he was able to throw down my favorite set of the weekend. He did however do something I’ve never really heard from Nero, and that was to play a lot of other artists’ music. The first half of the set was a mixture of his own music as well as others, including Baauer’s “Go Go”. The second half of the set however, Nero returned to form and closed out with nothing but his own works. As normal, he closed with “Me and You”, something that we have come to expect and love about Nero.
This year’s Bass Camp was my favorite one since the original back in 2013, largely due to my amazing rave fam as well as the festival expanding to two days. I can’t wait for next year’s festival, wish you can be sure that I will be attending again!