1. Introduce us to your band!
Hello everyone, we’re The Lotus from Italy and thank you for having us on Wavebyte. We are based in Manchester since 2015 and we’ve been around for more than 10 years now. We play a sort of alternative rock and we are currently working with Paul Reeve (Muse’s early producer) on our second album.
2. How did you guys start out?
Rox and Luca started the band in 2004: we were just kids trying to imitate their idols. In fact, we were playing a few covers from Muse, Queen, Pink Floyd and Nirvana, but we got immediately bored of playing someone else’s songs and we decided we wanted to play our own music. After a three-month US tour in 2008, we started working on our very first album, ‘Forgotten Silence’, which was eventually released two years later, followed by a UK tour that was the reason why we are now living here! We then self-released two EPs called Tomorrow (2013) and Awakening (2015) and, as we said before, we are currently working on our new album which should be released later this year.
3. Describe your band’s sound
We struggled a lot to find a definition of our sound. We’d say our music is Alternative Rock, but it gathers a lot of influences from Metal, Electronic and Classic music. Some people compared us to Muse, Faith No More, Dream Theater and Placebo.
4. What influences your craft?
We are big fans of Queen and Muse, as you might have already understood, but we also love Pink Floyd, Metallica, System Of A Down, U2, Depeche Mode, or even some heavier stuff like Slipknot.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
We guess because our music is truly good! We’re not very modest, lol! By the way, we think we could fit in that little category of bands that just wrote very good songs without focusing on a specific genre, manipulating sounds and melodies around words so that people can really feel what they’re listening.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Considering what we’ve said before, they should listen to at least 2 or 3 songs to understand The Lotus! Our 3 latest singles are the perfect examples of what we do: rock, metal, progressive, electro, symphonic, pop are all included in Mars-X, Perfect Love and Five Days To Shine.
You can listen and watch these songs’ videos here:
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We’ve been through a lot of bad things, hard times and still do. Comprehending the music business nowadays is one of the hardest things we have ever faced and are still facing it. Another difficult thing is keeping everything together: including the band itself.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
The best highlight so far is working with a great producer called Paul Reeve. He’s worked with Muse, one of our favourite bands ever and, for us, it’s just a dream come true.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Brighter than ever! We have to be honest, being a rock band these days is not simple, but we think we’ve taken the right way. We are planning to release the album before the end of 2018 and then start touring and hopefully next year play at some big festivals.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
We would like to be remembered as the band that catalyse again the attention of the mass to rock music as it was 40 years ago! And of course, if you want to get updated about the next greatest rock band just visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thelotusofficial, or website www.the-lotus.com . Thank you!