Nick Scotella is a quick study. Though he only started live-painting in the past year, he’s heading to Atlanta for Bassnectar’s Annual New Year's Eve celebration as one of only eighteen artists selected by Lorin Ashton's team to participate in the event. Scotella will work on paintings in an interactive performance alongside electronic music.
“When I’m painting, I love listening to electronic and dance music because the beat and the tempo really helps keep my creative energy going,” says Scotella. “The music essentially provides me a soundtrack to work to.”
Of course, the specific genre of EDM music influences his art in a distinct way.
“There’s the combination of the visionary art style — the lotus flowers, the hamsa hands,” says Scotella. “I feel a certain element of spirituality in the electronic-music area.”
“[Bassnectar] sucks you in, man,” says the painter. “It just makes me feel good. I love listening to it and
Scotella also recently learned to make his own paints, under the guidance of Kate
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“It made my art more personal,” says Scotella. “It definitely brought out the spiritual aspect of art, because you make the paint. Then you create with it. Then you see the results of all that. It’s a much more deeply connected way to be with the art.”
“I can’t believe I’m going to Bassnectar, man,” exclaims Scotella. “It’s like the Super Bowl of live painting. Bassnectar is really the one who is pushing this form of immersion art with the lights, the music