Bassnectar—the California EDM DJ named Lorin Ashton—has announced he is “stepping back” from his music career following allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
As Stereogum reports, last week an Instagram account with the handle @evidenceagainstbassnectar began posting allegations of sexual impropriety against the DJ, including claims that he groomed underage fans. These posts were both culled from accounts posted publicly online or submitted directly to the account. See the account here.
YourEDM reported that Ashton addressed the allegations on June 29 in a private Facebook group, calling them “completely untrue” and saying he had “never been involved in anything that was not absolutely, unequivocally consensual.” He also expressed his support of sexual assault victims and thanked “all those who are listening to real victims of abuse.”
for anyone not in this group, a message from Bassnectar: pic.twitter.com/si07bCKHk0
— shaelyn ♒︎ (@shaelynspacyyy) June 29, 2020
On July 1, Ashton posted a different statement to his social media accounts. After consulting a friend who explained “the danger of any high-profile man having a relationship with a female fan because of the potential unintended harm it could cause,” Ashton said he had decided to spend his summer “examining my privilege and opening my communication to people from my past with whom I had an intimate relationship.” Read it in full here.
On July 3, Ashton posted a social media statement in which he reiterated that “the rumors you are hearing are untrue” but that he would be “stepping back from my career and… stepping down from my position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability.”
Ashton also announced that he would also step down from his initiative Be Interactive, which sets up applicants with a free month of therapy, and hand it off to “a diverse team.” Read his full statement below:
— Bassnectar (@bassnectar) July 3, 2020
Ashton released his first album as Bassnectar in 2001 and first performed under the moniker the year after. He made his chart debut with his fifth album Cozza Frenzy in 2009 and notched his first number one record with 2014’s Noise vs Beauty.