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The New-age Deadheads


By: Ryan Deane
The New-age Deadheads

by Modern Spaceman

9 months ago


Deadheads spent years of their lives following The Dead anywhere they went, as family. They would take care of each other and lend a hand wherever they could. Bassheads share the same culture and everyone is there to help if need be. From carpooling to shows with random Bassheads across the map to cleaning up the venues after each show, Bassheads stand for a greater purpose and always seem to give back. Deadheads and Bassheads alike are all for making the world a friendlier and better place by spreading kindness and peace.

Although The Dead is still playing, and Deadheads still race to their shows, their popularity has unfortunately dropped as the younger generation moves onto a new music scene. Now the new following is Bassheads to Bassnectar shows, spreading the same love and kindness as Deadheads. The music may be different, but the following and the message they spread is all the same.

The crowd erupts as the lights turn off and the unique “bassdrop” logo appears on screen. As Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, lays his first beat you become completely entranced. Not just by the music, but by the fans. There is an unfamiliar energy in the air, nothing like you’ve ever felt. The entire crowd begins to move as one. Newcomers in the area take lesson from the veterans in the crowd, and soon follow their lead in head banging madness. At that moment, for most, those newcomers are now part of something larger. They are now part of a family; they are now Bassheads.  

Bassnectar has made some big headway in his profession in the past decade. Rising to the top of the charts in EDM: becoming, arguably, the most famous DJ in the world. Over the past few years, there has been a new rise to his musical following. Thousands of fans flocking from across the country just to see this one artist. These super fans refer to themselves as “Bassheads.” Bassheads are die-hard fans of the popular EDM artist Bassnectar. Everywhere Bassnectar plays, the Bassheads follow. In my eyes I have always compared Bassheads to the more commonly known “Deadheads,” that have followed around The Grateful Dead for years.

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