So these crazy kids moved from beautiful Italy to follow their dreams here in the UK, time to talk all things The Lotus, for your troubles you can have one Hob Nob each.
- I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Hello everyone and thank you for interviewing us. We are The Lotus, alternative rock band from Italy, now based in Manchester.
We’re together since 2004 and released 1 album called ‘Forgotten Silence’ in 2011 and 2 Eps in 2013 and 2015 respectively called ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Awakening’; but 2018 will be our greatest year as we’re going to finally release our new album, which will be produced by Paul Reeve (you certainly know this name as he produced Muse!).
And of course, our productions and writing choices denote what we actually listen and what we love: Queen, Muse, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Depeche Mode, even Slipknot!
- Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
As we said before, we’re producing our new album so there’s a lot going on The Lotus world: we started the pre-production process in 2016 and we initially went to the recording studio in September of the same year to record 4 tracks that eventually will be included in the album.
We have already released 3 of them which you can find on Youtube, Spotify and all major digital stores and channels. Our plan is to finish everything within the next 4/5 months and hopefully release it before the end of the year.
We’re currently promoting our new singles by playing live gigs in the Manchester area but certainly we will get on the tour bus after the album is released.
Considering that our music is going through several genres we would say that these two songs represent perfectly what we are:
- Mars-X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiUiKRfYxxg
- Perfect Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x_tO8xJr7g
- When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Writing process has changed during all these years. We used to write riffs and parts in the rehearsal room and re-elaborate them at home, and then again back to the rehearsal room to give them the final touch.
Now it’s more a computer-based writing process, since half of the band is living in Manchester, and the other half in Italy but we’re glad technology is helping us a lot.
- With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Music industry is completely messed up. We’ve been talking about this and still doing it, but never found the right answer. Things aren’t the same as 30 years ago, but we think everyone understood that already: internet and social media have taken the leadership of every aspect of our lives including music, and record labels are struggling with it.
You can really become famous just from your chair watching a monitor, but on the other hand that fame could not come from your real talent or skills.
We can’t change it, we are all inside of this huge mechanism and we can’t escape. You just need to find out which part of it can be useful to you.
- Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
We do, yes! We are all musicians and artists and apart from this band, we really want to manifest our creativity in all the way we can: Luca for instance, is a great photographer and he’s now entering the video making world (in fact, all our videos are completely self-produced!).
Rox is playing with Prospekt (progressive metal band from Oxford), InnerShine (prog rock band from Italy) and Sukh (pop folk from Manchester); Marco is the drummer of Elvenking and Hell In The Club; Kristal sings with Lost Resonance Found and he’s also a great sound engineer.
- When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
We must confess, they ALWAYS happen! I think we’re good in covering them, but they happen a lot. We remember when we were young novice boys and we had to play to this local festival: the same day, our bass player got sick and we had to improvise everything without bass (actually Luca took bass AND guitar together). It was a nightmare, but at least it was fan, lol!
There was a night when we were playing in the US, and during a heavy headbanging our bass player accidentally hit Luca’s guitar headstock (it was B.C.Rich so you would probably know how sharp can be that guitar!) and he started to bleed but we continued to play as nothing happened!
Now we’re more organised but weird things and mistakes happen sometimes anyway.
- How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
Although we’re not a heavy metal band, we definitely have an aggressive approach when we play live. And that’s due to our setlist which is mainly composed by our heavier and tough songs.
We always try to play most of the songs included in the release we’re promoting but we always feel the need of putting some tunes from our previous albums, like Tomorrow. So, Tomorrow will probably always be the last song of the setlist.
- If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
It’s hard choice, isn’t it? Our dream would be to go on tour with Muse, but you know, going on tour as a support band is cool, but what about a tour as main acts, shared with Muse! That would be AWESOME!
There are a lot of great bands out there we would love to go on tour with, so we don’t know, if you guys know a big band who needs support, just ask us, lol.
- Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Right so, our advice to upcoming artist is: do not spend all your time on Instagram or Facebook, or at home learning your instruments as it’s the last thing you do. Just go out, play gigs, talk with people! We’re in 2018, in the social media era but real human connections still work better than anything else. However, the best advice we have ever had, and we would say to any new artist out there is: be modest and try to reinvent yourself every day.
- Any last words?
Thank you again for having us on Rock’N’Load! If you want to check what we’re doing and listen to our songs or watch our video just visit www.the-lotus.com or www.facebook.com/thelotusofficial . Thank you!