Visceral, and immersive, LOTOS confidently asserts herself at the forefront of Scotland’s budding hip-hop scene with her new track, Home. The track is inspired by civil rights leader Marcus Garvey, who believed, “a people without the knowledge of their past history and culture is like a tree without roots.” She spoke with The Fountain about the track, the inspiration from Marcus and her forthcoming EP.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Home?
The reception has been phenomenal, it has already had many major features in music magazines, been played on BBC Introducing, in the playlists in Spotify top 30 and shared on various worldwide music platforms in USA and in England including SBTV.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
An inimitable blend of grime, hip hop and afro-beats blended with truly authentic scottish delivery.
TF: Such a great optimistic track, where did you get your influences from for this one?
I am inspired by a quote that Marcus Garvey said ‘A people without the knowledge of their past history and culture is like a tree without roots’. Home is an analogy for the current social, environmental and political situation of the planet. That everyone is from the same source and that everyone deserves a home, justice and equality.
Home is about never denying where you are from, but also knowing that home is where the heart is, so it’s important that this is central to your core, and of course that charity begins at home. That we should treat one another how we wish to be treated and that the entire plant is everyone’s home. We need to learn how to share, have respect and how to value everyone else as we value our own family and friends.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
I am currently working on my new EP, it is so exciting I cannot wait to share it with the world.