Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers funky front man, Joe Hertler takes a minute to share about influences, the band and upcoming music


Posted Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers Red Rocks family photo [Photo: Zach Hagy]

Michigan up and coming seven-piece band, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers just had their Red Rocks debut opening for electronic music artist GRiZ on July 14, and Hertler discussed about influences, their stage performance and playing in Colorado.

When did you start making music and what influenced you the most?

 I think we all got started pretty young – I personally played bass and cello in my high school orchestra, but dropped from the music school in college months into starting. Just wasn’t really into it. But later on, I got pretty bummed about dropping and bought a guitar. Started writing songs not too long after that. As far as influences go, I think I’ve always been the type to want to connect with people. Music, for me, has always been an extension of that need to communicate, to be part of something. It’s always been a bit of a meditative thing for me, too, gives me a chance to think things through, ya know? 

When did Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers originate and how would you describe the genre of music you guys play?

 We were all friends in college. Being in a band full of guys is kind of like… uhhh, dating 5 other guys. Sometimes you find people you like hanging with and want to take it to the next level. That’s how we originated. As for tunes, we dip our toes in funk-pop. I guess you could call it Rock? There are undercurrents of folk and jam band elements, too. A wise drummer named Ryan once said… “it’s kind of like half emotional songwriting and half instrumental music.” That seems like a pretty good way to summarize it. Ryan is a good man. 

Hertler and the band showing off their more than just music [Photo: Zach Hagy]

How would you describe the typical experience of one of your shows?

People go to shows for a lot of reasons. I believe one of those major reasons is to connect with others over a shared experience – in many ways, our role as musicians is to give people a good reason to get together and have a good time. I hope that when you come to a Rainbow Seeker show, that it becomes about something more than the music. I hope you connect to our tunes but more importantly I hope you connect to each other.  That’s what makes a show memorable. You also might get to hear some guitar and sax solos, so if you’re into that kind of thing (and also if you like costumes and colorful things), our show is well suited to you!

What is it like performing on the road and more specifically Denver compared to playing in Michigan?

Our Denver shows consist of a large majority of a particularly cool breed of Michiganders, so they tend to have a home-town feeling to them. This, as you might assume, is fucking awesome. We spend a lot of time away from home, but in Colorado we are welcomed as if it were a home town show. Also, because Colorado has mountains and other cool things, we have come to the conclusion that it is definitely a “Top 3” in the “most awesome states” ranking (in the USA).

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers feeling the legendary Red Rocks energy [Photo: Zach Hagy]

What are your future plans for Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, and are you guys currently working on new music?

We have a ton of new music and will begin recording in August. Woot! 

One Response to “Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers funky front man, Joe Hertler takes a minute to share about influences, the band and upcoming music”

  1. Lisa McIntyre Says:

    Excellent questions and nice format!


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