[RH Interview] North Coast Music Festival: Jesse Miller of Lotus

Lotus by Bobby Reys

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Lotus has carried the flag for their own genre for awhile now. “Jamtronica”, the band’s signature blend of electronic elements paired with a creatively unique jam band aesthetic that has kept them at the forefront of both genres for close to 15 years now. Lotus’ ability to master a wide range of disciplines musically has allowed the Indiana-based group to constantly tinker with it’s sound and evolve the band’s dynamic. Lotus is a fully adaptable animal, with the ability to go from rock to dance to hip hop all in one rocking set and, largely without vocal aid. I had a chance to catch Lotus frontman Jesse Miller while backstage at The Last Stand Stage, check out the interview below.

Jake: Welcome to Chicago, what are the feelings about playing at North Coast and what do you all have in store?

Jesse: Our set is always interesting. At a festival, I feel like Lotus tends to stretch things out so ours sometimes we have to take it down to this package but this is a young crowd at this festival so I’m sure we’re going to keep it on the dance tip. So we’re planning on dancing and rocking out.

Jake: I know you all have a new album coming out as well that is tailored more towards a hip-hop aspect?

Jesse: Yeah, Monks. It’s more of just a project for the album. We actually had started working on a track with Mr. Lif in maybe like 2011, maybe even a little bit before and we were working on it while we were working on other tracks and we didn’t really feel ike we had a great place for it, we didn’t want to drop it in the middle of another album and have it feel like it was this totally different thing so we were going to release it as a single but then started doing a few more and then we got Lyrics Born on for a track and Gift of Gab on there. So we just sort of built it out and said “Ok, what can we do with this” and then we ended up going back through it and weaving in the whole story, recorded some instrumentals and the whole project really came together really organically.

Jake Krzeczowski

Jake Krzeczowski is a writer based in Chicago. Since graduating from the University of Iowa in 2012 he has written for the likes of The Chicago Sun Times, Complex Magazine, and Elevator Magazine.

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