Ever since Lorin Ashton confirmed the return of 360 via his Twitter page, bassheads have been clamoring for months over the details and location of Bassnectar‘s annual New Year’s Eve gathering. Now, thanks to the faltered move of a prestigious artist in the community, fans can officially begin booking their travel arrangements to Greensboro, North Carolina for the immersive throw down.
Perhaps through no fault of his own, artist Chris Dyer put the internet in a tizzy today when he posted a sketch of his Bassnectar NYE 360 print to his Instagram story. According to the picture, it looks like official support will come from Manic Focus, EPROM, and G Jones b2b ???
Clearly, the event is still in it’s booking phase; so Dyer’s leaked post (which comes c/o Festive Owl) was a complete lack of foresight. Whether the act was intentional is unknown. Either way, Bassnectar himself is not happy. On the evening of his BassCenter XI event in Hampton, the artist took to the Twitter thread to express his discontent.
Several people have since come forth to raise their voices that the act may have been accidental, to which Bassnectar responded with even more outrage, calling the move “unprofessional.” Bassnectar has since deleted his responses.
H/T: Festive Owl/Twitter
UPDATE [Mon, Sept 3, 6:45pm CT]: Chris Dyer has issued a public apology, explaining that the communication error happened between himself and the Bassnectar team, whom failed to issue him a “non-disclosure contract,” or even tell him informally to keep the line-up to himself.
“I have never been asked to keep a lineup or location secret,” said Dyer over his Instagram. “Since the manager didn’t ask me that neither, I obliviously shared my sketch. It was done with no malice, or as a leak to harm them, I just didn’t know about their announcement plots, stuff I don’t pay attention to in my busy life.”
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I made a humble mistake last week, so I’d like to explain myself and give my public apologies to a friend I might of hurt. Very recently I was asked to do a NYE event poster for the popular American dj @bassnectar . I met him 10 years ago, at a 200 person show in Montreal. He said he liked my art then and I had fun dancing to his set. Though I can’t honestly say I follow his music (Im more into collecting old vinyls), I’ve enjoyed dancing at his shows over the years and like him as a person when we’ve interacted. So I was stoked to do this poster for him! I did my first concept sketch right away and shared it on my story posts, as everything else I do. Soon after his manager calls to yell at me, as I had ruined some kind of surprise announcement I was unaware of. He never informed me about this (or made me sign a non-disclosure contract) when we discussed the poster. Usually people who hire me to do a poster appreciate when I help them get the word out. I have never been asked to keep a lineup or location secret. Since the manager didn’t ask me that neither, I obliviously shared my sketch. It was done with no malice, or as a leak to harm them, I just didn’t know about their announcement plots, stuff I don’t pay attention to in my busy life. So I was bummed to get yelled at and dismissed from the gig. But was extra sad to hear Lorin say mean things about me and my art on Twittter. I honestly don’t understand why the location/lineup of a show has to be kept secret from their fans, but I understand that they wanted to be the ones doing the announcement themselves. So if I’ve hurt somebody I considered a friend, I sincerely apologize. Harming fellow artists is the last thing I want to do. I wish they’d let me make it up to them by doing the sickest nye poster ever, but I understand they are mad at me and feel they need to punish me for my mistake. With all the horrible things going on our planet right now, I wish a show announcement coming out early, wouldn’t be such a big deal or a source for people to get so mad at fellow creators, but I accept their process and wish them the best! In the end this is just music n art to uplift the people, no need for drama or beef