Aptly titled In Our World, this sophomore album from Down Lo, and the first full length record collaboration with Deploi, reflects the range of emotions and states experienced in life. From the good times to the bad, world issues to personal relationships, high class parties to dirt poor living...it's all here!
Down Lo embodies what it is to be a hard working American band. Since forming in the Twin Cities area in 2002 from humble Minnesota beginnings, the DL is now performing 175 plus shows a year across the United States. Their dedication and hard work has paid off with multiple performances at major music festivals such as 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, The Big Wu Family Reunion, HarvestFest, Bella Luna, Summerfest and countless other musical gatherings. The band blends a diverse combination of spiritual lyrics, rasta undertones, hip-hop influences, and straight up dirty funk, with a "jam friendly" vibe attracting an established and growing fan base.
Down Lo's musical diversity is a reflection of its components. Lead guitarist Mark Grundhoefer and bassist Ryan Nielson have connected musically on and off for over a decade. Grundhoefer is a straight up musical force and guitar prodigy, Nielson studied at the famed Music Institute in California, and brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the band. Drummer Mike Cini is the most recent addition to the project adding another unique range of influences and ideas. Rounding out the sound is multi-instrumentalist Will Nissen (Keyboards, Sax, Vocals), whose ability to adapt and change on stage makes the places the group can go musically exciting for both band and fans alike.
Down Lo has no plans of slowing down. With an established presence in the Eastern Rocky Mountain Region, and their home turf in the Midwest, the group is looking to increase their presence in the American South and on the East Coast. The DL hopes and plans to continually grow both musically and spiritually in the years to come.
Deploi has dominated the stage with Down Lo on and off since the band’s inception in 2003. Already established as a professional, hard-hitting rapper in southern California, Deploi brings the suave, smooth SoCal flavor to the eager and impassioned Midwest jam scene. But Deploi is no stranger to the venues and festivals of the Midwest. The two groups have packed shows at the Cabooze and Bunkers in Minneapolis, Harmony Park in southern Minnesota and rocked appearances at 10,000 Lakes Festival in 2005 and 2007.