Get to know Japanese rapper Lotus Juice. This talented performer, as well as generations of anime fans, enjoyed the celebration of their passion at Nan Desu Kan. The Denver Marriott Tech Center was the place to be last weekend Fri Sep 13 – Sun Sep 15, 2013 when celebs from the anime world shared the weekend with their fans. Lotus picked his cool name back when he was only 19 when a friend of his was looking for a rap artist to perform. It was not long before he was getting recognition and needed to come up with a name. His real is name is Kenji, but there were so many Kenji’s in Japan that he had to come up with something unique. He explained, “I heard a story in Greek mythology than when you eat it, it makes you feel good. Mix it in to juice and making it sound good.”
Q. I understand this is your first American convention. What do you think so far?
A. I’m having a blast. People are great, everybody’s nice. It’s so different from the hip hop scene. I’ve done shows in New York City, but conventions are so different. I’m just surprised that anime as a game music is so popular. I used to live in New Jersey about 15 years and there was no anime. They always called it cartoon. I’m enjoying hanging down there with everyone all dressed up.
Q. Do you prefer to perform on stage or studio work?
A. I think it’s always a balance. When I’m in a studio recording, I really get in to it. I get in to it too much. There’s always a time limit. I’m basically locking myself in my home room, I keep writing and writing, fixing it and fixing it, and I tend to focus too much on the creation of the song. I just want to have some fun out in the open. Yet when I do too many club shows I can have a little too much fun. It’s a balance.
Q. Tell your fans about any upcoming projects that you’re working on right now.
A. Hip hop is all about loops and now I’m trying to create music tracks that are changing constantly and showing more emotions. Actually, it’s not definite, but Mexico has a big anime convention and they’re asking me to come. Los Angeles and Australia are asking me to come.
Q. Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents?
A. Most of the time I’m at my friend’s house in Japan, just hanging out. I do a lot of things. I read, I play video games, especially the ones I participated in. I was a serious basketball player until I tore a ligament so I’m kind of staying away from that.