In a recent interview with Westword, Lorin Ashton revealed that he had previously worked for a national suicide prevention hotline. That’s why, when he wasn’t busy headlining this year’s 2016 gathering, the Electric Forest resident teamed up with nonprofit partner To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) to release a gripping, emotional video project.
“Your story is important.”
That’s the key message behind an endearing video in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 10–16). The video features footage captured during this year’s Electric Forest, where members of the Forest Fam community roaming the festival’s Sherwood Forest answered a ringing telephone. On the other end of the line was a new friend who, unbeknownst to the person answering the phone, was Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar himself. Lorin, remaining anonymous throughout the call, asked questions about friendships, family and hope.
“When I walked away, I was like, that was so much more fun than playing a set,” Bassnectar said of the experience. “People were wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and they were crying, and talking about suicide and losing their friends, just deep principles of life.”
The video, which you can view in full above, highlights some of those heartfelt conversations and offers a poignant reminder that we all matter, that pain and doubt and hope are all shared experiences, and that we can, and need to, support each other through darkness.