the butterfly bass

BUTTERFLY BEINGS OF BASSNECTAR: JAY NICHOLS


What attracts you to Bassnectar?

There’s a multitude of reasons as to why I’m drawn to Bassnectar. The biggest aspect for me is the overall experience because it’s always something different and unique. It’s truly a privilege to share in these experiences with the most amazing individuals that I’ve come to know over the years. I’ve made friendships that I genuinely believe will last beyond this lifetime and for eons to come- none of which would have ever been possible had I not discovered the intimate magic of the Bassnectar experience! I owe every ounce of gratitude to my wonderful girlfriend Mallory for opening the door for me and being by my side since the first day I stepped on this crazy ride. These have been the best memories of my life!


Favorite Bassnectar memory?

I could go in a couple different directions with this question, but I have to pay homage to The Farm for a genuine answer. Bonnaroo ‘15 is where the madness began for me. I was so excited to spend my third Roo with 20 of my closest friends. A few of them kept talking up Bassnectar in the weeks prior to the festival so everyone in our group was super hyped for his set. I remember feeling the insane amount of anticipation in the crowd just before he took the stage. Before I knew it, we were skipping down the Yellow Brick Road on our way to see the wizard himself. The energy was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and I felt all these feelings that were completely foreign to me. I looked around in awe at all my friends having the time of their lives and I became engulfed in a new understanding of pure happiness. Lorin even gave our crew a shoutout toward the end of his set when he saw the California flag my friend Robben had been flying. I’ll never forget that night as long as I live!


How would you describe the Bassnectar Community?

I feel like I try to do this on a daily basis to my normal friends, but I can never manage to find the right words. The conversations usually end with “You’ll just have to be there next time to understand it!” The Bassnectar Community has honestly helped shape me into the person that I am today. I’ve never met such an immensely large group of people - FAMILY - full of unfathomable love and acceptance for one another. From a non musical perspective, I believe this is the foundation that bonds our community so close together. It seems we sometimes get distracted from this and I think it’s important that we remind each other a little more often. Don’t forget the empathy that thrives amongst our family.


What are some of your favorite places this music has brought you to and why?

Oh man! From the breath taking mountains of Colorado, down to the palm tree paradise of Florida, up to the mystical forests of Michigan and everywhere in between! We’ve put some miles down and covered a lot of ground in the past few years. Hailing from a small town in backwoods Mississippi, all the traveling has been one of the most appreciated parts of this adventure. The ability to explore other parts of the country has been an extremely eye opening experience for me. My favorite place so far has definitely been Michigan. I’ve ventured there three times now for Halloween '15 and '16 as well as Electric Forest '16. Michigan is such a beautiful state and I’m really excited to do some more exploring after Forest this year. All the Michiganders I’ve met have been some of the coolest people I’ve crossed paths with as well!


 What are some things that this community has taught you?

One of the greatest things I’ve learned from this community is not only how to love others, but also how to love myself as well. If you know me, you might be surprised to learn that I used to not be a very social person. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and this community has helped so much in breaking down the walls that used to surround me. I’ve opened up so much and continue to do so more and more each day because of the friendships that have bloomed with so many of you. I’m forever grateful for you guys. The amount of positivity in the Bassnectar community is contagious and it’s really rubbed off on me as an individual. I’m happy to say it has helped change my outlook on life for the absolute best!

Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

a good friend of mine (whom i have a lot of respect for musically as well) suggested i make a video of this beautiful song. i’d never heard it before but immediately loved it and seeing as how I finally got ahold of a bass clarinet this semester i hopped on it right away!
the balance was pretty tough on this one so there’s a few times when the upper unison is overpowering and vice versa, but it was a great opportunity for me to work on tuning my middle range and octaves~