Seth with his band Dennis. Photo by Coleman Rogers
Seth with his band Dennis. Photo by Coleman Rogers

5 QUESTIONS FOR: Seth Rohrer of Dennis / The Tone Loft

As one of the owners of Mill No. 5’s humble music shop The Tone Loft, Seth Rohrer would be considered an indispensable part of Lowell’s music scene, even if he wasn’t also the steady-handed keys-player for local Pink Floyd-inspired prog-rockers Dennis. But what does he have to say to the following five questions?

1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

The self-titled album U.K. by the band U.K.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

I’d be thrilled to share a stage with Pink Floyd.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

I own some land in N.H. that I’m building a cabin on, I love being in the woods and camping. Consequently, I like pursuing different kinds of outdoor cooking. I also have great interest in human health and the medical field.

This is still inside of music, but it’s outside of playing music. I’ve had the opportunity to open a music shop with my family that has been thriving for over 3 years.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

We need a more diverse selection of live music venues. It falls on both sides of the business I believe. From most appearances people don’t want to pay for local live music (even the smallest covers), and venue owners don’t seem particularly interested in paying fair prices for live music. This needs to change.

We all do it for the love of music. But it’s a lot of work! I don’t think many people in the local music scene are looking to make a living from it, and pay checks in the form of hand clapping will always be amazing. They say nothing is free, but there are a lot of hard working musicians producing quality work that don’t get any financial compensation for their time. I don’t think that’s very fair.

5. What is your goal as a performer/band? Are you playing for fun or do you want your songs and message to reach people? There is no right answer. Playing for fun is great. (This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee D-Tension found HERE.)

I speak for myself, however I don’t think the other members in my group (The Band Dennis) would disagree. I just want to keep refining the sound we’ve been working on for the past year and a half, and put out original tunes that remind people that 70’s prog rock was a massive movement. I’d like to reach fans of prog, make people new fans of prog, and share the experience through quality live performance. All while having fun of course.

Music and event dates by Dennis can be found at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebanddennis/

The Tone Loft can be found in Mill No. 5, and is open evenings on Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays, as well as all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Featured photo by Coleman Rogers

 – Lee Martin