The Basscoast Mutiny lineup has been revealed, and as expected, it’s stacked with an impressive array of musical talent. For the past three years the Ganjaology team has adventured north into the Canadian wilderness to share in one of the highest vibes parties this side of the Kootenays… and you better believe we’re gearing up for another round!
Year after year the Bass Coast Project continues to amaze, enliven and inspire. Once again, this year The Bass Coast Girls (organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson) have outdone themselves. Performances for this year’s bush session include Addison Groove, Tribe Called Red, Bogl, Cure, D Bridge, Danny Corn, G Jones, J.F. Killah, Kir Mokem, Mat The Alien, Max Ulis, Natasha Kmeto, Nick Wisdom, Philthkids, Self Evident, Sweater Beats, Tank Gyal, Librarian, and Yan Zombie among others!! We’ve listed music from many of the musicians below.
Listen to the sounds and imagine yourself in the forest, the beats filling your auditory field. Notice how you feel as these frequencies are filtered through your receiving centers. Are you inspired? Does the music make you move, make you bow your head and hum… Do these sounds suggest to you love or lust, laughter or longing? Are you sick with excitement?
Whatever the case, our physicians here at Ganjaology Institute prescribe one fat dose of BC trees combined with all manner of creation from raw to refined (super pun here, please smirk responsibly). Coincidentally you can get all this at Bass Coast. Do your body a favor and get up to Merritt, BC this August for Bass Coast 6 Mutiny!
A THOUSAND YEARS
A TRIBE CALLED RED
ANDREW VAN HASSEL
DJ K-TEL SUNDAY SOUL SESSIONS
DJ LORNE B
EL PAPA CHANGO
FORT KNOX FIVE
HEART TO HEART (BRON AND MOE LOWE)
JANOVER & RESUNATOR
JPOD THE BEAT CHEF
KRYSTLE LOVE B
LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH
MAT THE ALIEN
SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE
THE FUNK HUNTERS
The first weekend of this beautiful sun soaked month, the Ganjaology team made our way up to Merritt, BC – the new home of BC’s boutique music festival – Bass Coast. In prior years, the event has been held on native land in Squamish just North of Vancouver. As the event was growing, it became apparent after last year that it was time for a larger, more scaleable venue. With their eyes glistening, and their hearts open, organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson – better known as the Bass Coast Girls – set out to find Bass Coast a new home. When they found themselves nestled in the hills beside the Coldwater River in Merrit BC, they knew that they had struck gold.
It is here in Merrit that all the magic happened. With more than a handful of world class music acts, several various types of workshops, a feast of food, the headiest of art vendors and installations, and the freshest of fashion – Bass Coast was a marketplace of imagination.
Three massive stages housed the music acts, each equipped with enough sound to curl your hair. Maybe being around all this bass is what gives The Librarian those tight bouncy curls which she playfully threw around during her set on the Bassment Stage. The backdrop for the Bassment was an awesome array or hexagonal shapes, which when illuminated created an incredible display of geometric intricacies. Other acts to perform on the stage include Machinedrum, Daega Sound, Evy Jane, Justin Martin, Calamalka, Self Evident, Taal Mala, Goth Trad, Lorne B, Grenier, Luciterra and Chris Murdoch, Dark Sky, Sanctums, Natasha Kmeto, and Jets.
Across the way from the Bassment was the infamous Radio Stage which was home to the morning radio show each day. In the evening, the frequencies intensified, allowing for darker, deeper energies to surface. Home to Mat The Alien, Om Unit, Max Ulis, Neighbour, and DJ Cure to name a few, the Radio Stage held space for some of the most radical of music acts. Others to perform on this pulchritudinous platform include Funk Hunters, Barisone, Little Dinosaur, Kir Mokem, Erica Dee, The Fungineers, Adam Shaikh, Willisist, Desert Dwellers, Westerly, Sweet Anomaly, Tor, Paul Brooks, JPod, Humans, Longwalkshortdock, Nautilus, Jimmy Edgar, and Spilt Milk.
Finally, one of my personal favorite stages, was the Slay Bay. Nestled in the trees by the calm flowing river, Slay Bay provided a respite from the high energy, sun soaked spirit of the other stages. Standout acts included Michael Red and Random Rab, with their monday morning close out sets. Other highlights from this zone include the Lighta! Reggae Jam, Philth kids, Alphabets Heaven, Dan Solo, Wax Romeo, Mama Miche, HxDB, Woodhead, Isis Graham, Tank Gyal and Mandai, JF Killah, and Ryan Wells.
When we weren’t raging near the subs, snuggled in a hammock, cooling off in the water, or simply listening… One might find us at the smaller, alternative stages which hosted an incredible array of music and workshops. The Bigger Brain and Alter Stages housed these more intimate gatherings. While enjoying yoga, meditation and breathing, or delving into the magical world of alchemy and spice – whether transfixed by the science of Mantra, engaged in contact improvisation dance, jumping in on the freestyle cypher, or twirling yourself with Sacred Circus – these spaces held fast for participants to… Well yes, to participate. Big up to Michael Red and Gabriel Soloman of Chambers and Ydna Murd, the 8 limbed DnB drummer for turning my world inside out from deep within the Bigger Brain.
All in all, I must say… Bass Coast was bigger, badder and busier than ever this year. I simply loved it. From the music and art to the workshops and water sports, Bass Coast participants had their hands and hearts full of enlivening experience to create a wonder filled weekend. We look forward to another rendezvous in the forest this time again next year. Until then, we will be buzzing, building and abounding with positivity… basically bursting at the seems with anticipation for the next installment by the Bass Coast Girls. Big thanks to all that had a hand in the creation of this simply stunning event.
Bravo y’all. Much love and appreciation…
PS. Big Thanks to Cody Puckett for all of the spectacular photos seen here.
More from Cody at his website!
Be sure to check back for the Bass Coast Residual Frequencies Interview Series here at Ganjaology… Stay tuned!
More info about the Bass Coast Project here:
It’s been three weeks, and whispers of Bass Coast can still be heard echoing through the old growth forests of the Pacific North West. For miles the trees have been in conversation about a consciousness that is beginning to manifest itself in human space. Bass Coast is a cosmic gathering of like minded individuals brought together to share in this new understanding. Through music and dance, creation and collaboration, healing and heart; Bass Coast supports this progression toward a new paradigm.
Held in Squamish, BC along the banks of the Elaho River, Bass Coast 2012 was paradise. Imagine a beach party beside a winding river, overshadowed by glacial mountain peaks under a diamond sky. The festival was an extra-ordinary gathering of beautiful smiling faces, enveloped in lush forest, dancing to dastardly beats. Bass Coast participants were consumed by prodigious beauty, natural and synthetic alike.
Oh, and don’t forget the full moon vibration holding strong through the weekend…
For three days, we were immersed in an environment conducive to the highest forms of art and expression. Whether relaxing by the water, tuning in to one of the many conscious workshops, or collecting and connecting in the village; every Bass Coast participant could find him or herself involved in exciting and enlivening daytime activity. The festival offered a shaded workshop space on the beach for early morning yoga, daily dance instruction, and group meditation; a geodesic dome space for knowledge sharing which included workshops on unified field theory, Ableton Live, and Chinese astrology; and a pyramid housing a larger-than-life alter to promote alter-native expression and enlightenment. All this was amplified by an abundance of art installations of all shapes and sizes.
Days filled with creativity and conscious conversation created a perfect platform for the nights ahead. As the sun dipped behind the mountains and the stars began to reveal the light behind their glittering gaze, the real excitement ensued. Three undeniably awesome stages complete with superior sound systems, held space for an awesome array of local and international musicians. The DJs represented at Bass Coast are easily some of the most progressive and enthusiastic producers and performers of our time. The Canadians came in steaming hot with sounds by Daega Sound, Bevy Swift, Calamalka, Neighbor, Jpod The Beat Chief, Librarian, Kir Mokem, HxDB, Mat The Alien, and the Lighta! Crew, just to name a few. Among the internationals was Machinedrum, Lafa Taylor, Noah D, Justin Martin, and Danny Corn, along with many more. One could not have been at all of the performances if she wanted to. That said, there were times at which we found ourselves aligned on so many levels it felt as if we were at multiple places at once. With the high level of conscious expansion demonstrated at Bass Coast, this scenario is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.
The energy at Bass Coast was high to say the least. Organizers Liz Thomson and Andrea Graham have outdone themselves in their fourth year with the Bass Coast Project. In their mission to support the local electronic underground arts community, the Bass Coast Project is surpassing expectation. The people are beautiful, the music phenomenal, and the workshops exciting and informative. Kudos to all that helped to make Bass Coast what it has been – an opportunity…
To contemplate, to educate, to innovate and to CREATE!
We’ve listed some music for you guys to check out below, and look out for some specific artist highlights to come over the next few weeks.
See you in Squamish next year for Bass Coast 2013!
Big up to Zac Cirivello of Black Rock City, LLC for sharing the photos seen here.
Check out a few more below!