Lotus is an electronic jam band that covers multiple genres by smoothly combining elements of funk, jam, hip-hop, jazz, and electronic music. The band consists of 5 members, and has been together since 1999.Both Mike Rempel and Luke Miller play the guitar, but Luke is also an immensely talented keyboardist. Jesse Miller, the brother of the guitarist, Luke, is the lead bassist, sampler of the group, and can always be found front and center for their live performances. Mike Greenfield makes sure to keep it funky on the drums and Chuck Morris completes the picture with his addition of percussion. This band is particularly well known for their live performances, making sure to always switch up the set list, and always incorporate tons of group improvisation. The various solos from each of the band members help add depth and feeling to each song, and provide the listener with a diverse sensation of different sounds and emotions. Together the band is able to smoothly modify each of their songs, giving each performance its own unique beauty. Lotus also frequently covers many big name artists such as Daft Punk, Justice, Deadmau5, and Mord Fustang. The band is able to give some of these electronic songs a new jam band funk, implementing the beat into the audiences heads for days after the show has ended.
The glorious part of Lotus shows is that one can never know what to expect, but can only be gloriously surprised with what’s to come. Older songs are constantly being mixed into the rotation and the crowd can never be sure when the boys might drop one of their classics. Recently, the band has been highlighting songs from their more recent album, Build, but still continue to add jams in from their most well-known albums; Nomad, Lotus, and Escaping Sargasso Sea. The group has also recently released a hip-hop album, Monks, which gives an upbeat twist with new vocals to some of their more melodic songs such as: the Surf and Middle Road. Lotus has been on numerous tours all across the country and has performed at multiple huge name festivals across the globe. Last year the group ventured all the way to Japan where they were met with outstandingly positive vibes and left the country begging for more!
A Lotus show is an experience. The follow base of this band is incredibly open and peaceful. Each show is filled with love, energy, and positive vibes that can be felt flowing through the air. A Lotus set is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life and can most certainly bring a smile to anyone’s face. Regardless if you are in the mood for something upbeat, funky, laid back, or chill, Lotus has a jam for you. Take a minute to check Lotus out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what’s in store!
Written By: Cooper Turley
Genre: Electronic Jam Band
Label: SCI Fidelity