Colorado's the Motet is a large funk-, jazz-, and Afrobeat-influenced ensemble led by drummer Dave Watts. The group emerged in the late '90s and built a loyal following with their high-energy live shows and cross-pollinated sound, as heard on albums like 2001's Play, 2009's Fela Kuti-inspired Dig Deep, and 2016's Totem. Formed by drummer and bandleader Dave Watts in 1998, the Motet originally began as a collective with rotating members. However, since the 2000s, the group has revolved around a core septet with various lineup changes and Watts as the sole original member. The band has toured often, appearing at such festivals as Electric Forest Festival, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and more. Following 1999's Breathe, the band has continued to record regularly, issuing 2001's Play, 2004's Music for Life, and 2006's Instrumental Dissent. In 2009, they released Dig Deep, which found them incorporating electronics into the mix and covering a handful of songs by Fela Kuti. The band's seventh studio album, 2014's eponymously titled The Motet, featured a more collaborative approach than previous albums. In 2016, they delivered Totem, featuring production from Soulive's Eric Krasno. The full-length Death or Devotion arrived in 2019. ~ Matt Collar
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