Cherry Lotus

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Cherry Lotus

There’s so many aspects of being in this band that we all enjoy, and as long as those funny moments are still happening and memories keep being made, we’re pretty happy.

"We’d love to get out of the South Coast, as that’s what we’re trying to do right now. And of course we want to get as big as we can, and we truly believe that we have the capability to do that. "

At the start it was just me (Joe) and Aidan after leaving our previous band called Greyside. So we decided to come up with a word each…

I chose Cherry for a few reasons, the main one being that my sister Abbey was almost called Cherry but my parents changed their mind last minute so I thought that was quite cool, as well as that, we’re from Bournemouth and the football team is nicknamed the Cherries so we thought that was a cool way to represent Bournemouth as me and Paul used to have season tickets there.

Then ‘Lotus’ was Aidan’s word and this wasn’t as thought through, its pretty funny to be fair. So when we were thinking of names Aidan was having his hair cut and he got offered a coffee, and a lotus biscuit came with it and he was like, ah! And that’s literally it!

Me and Paul met at Winton Boys secondary school when we were about 12/13, just through playing football at break/lunch, standard stuff, and we’ve been mates ever since.

Me and Aidan met around 3 years ago when he joined the band I was in at the time called ‘Greyside’. Paul and Aidan met when Paul left uni and joined the band around January 2018. Ben met all of us properly when he joined the band in November last year although he went to the same school as me and Paul, but was the year below so we didn’t know him personally.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process? 

So I write a lot at home before coming into the rehearsal room, sometimes it’s the whole song, sometimes it’s just a few chords or an idea that I think would work, and then it comes into the rehearsal room where everyone puts their twist on it. Aidan and Ben have a much better knowledge of musical theory than I do so it’s always a quick process for them to work out something to what I’m playing, and Paul is just sick so he makes everything sound great.

Favourite moment as a band?

It’s so hard to choose but my favourite moment was when we recorded our first single ‘Get What You Want’ with Gavin Monaghan in Wolverhampton. Hearing the master version in that studio for the first time was just amazing!

It’s either that or working with Dan Henry on our second music video, it’s always a lot of fun with Dan and the fact that this one was at our secondary school just made it a crazy experience for me Paul and Ben.

The headmaster who knows us from our time there as pupils allowed us to use smoke machines and strobe lighting after the school had closed so it was just a mad moment, one of those things you dream up when you’re at school!

Funniest moment on stage? 

Okay, during a soundcheck in Winchester at The Railway Inn , Ben was running late and was in a mad rush to get there as we were all on stage ready. When he finally got there he ran through the door and jumped onstage but in the process, he smacked his head against one of the PA speakers causing the mesh to come off and everything. Was the funniest entrance ever!

Best moment on stage? 

I think it’s got to be playing the Bournemouth Uni Summer Ball this year! For all of us it was special to be playing a festival gig, especially one in Bournemouth, but I really loved that gig.

At the time I was a final year Bournemouth Uni student and I had just finished uni so I’ve been to every Summer Ball for the last 4 years, which meant being asked to play at my final one was very special. All of my course mates were there, who’ve jokingly taken the piss out of me being in a band for years so to finally play in front of them was great, some of them even knew the words! Was the best send off to Uni I could’ve asked for!

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? 

We’d love to get out of the South Coast, as that’s what we’re trying to do right now. And of course we want to get as big as we can, and we truly believe that we have the capability to do that. We’d love to be the first modern indie-rock band to make it from Bournemouth, imagine playing a homecoming show at the stadium! There’s so many aspects of being in this band that we all enjoy, and as long as those funny moments are still happening and memories keep being made, we’re pretty happy.