Downtempo, space disco, house, tech, b-boy era electro, hip hop, soul, and funk – if you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up. Formed in Chicago in 2000, Orchard Lounge is the collective of Ben Silver, Spencer Lokken and Bethany Lokken. This versatile trio has enlightened dance floors nationwide with their eclectic mixes, from sunset chill-out to bass-dropping tech house, and an array of other futuristic sounds. Theirs is a democratic mission – to expose as many people as possible to the artists they admire and respect. Outside the booth, the members of Orchard Lounge continue making music. Spencer is a classically trained violinist and regularly plays with a trio in Chicago, and Ben has studied guitar for more than ten years, and continues to write and produce.
What sets Orchard Lounge apart from other club DJs is the fact that you won’t always find them in the club. In recent years they’ve built a reputation as a hard-touring festival act and set-break crowd favorite, frequently supporting The Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The New Deal and Future Rock. They’ve also played alongside heavyweights like Bonobo, Lindstrøm, DJ T, Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, Metro Area, and Kevin Yost. As The Disco Biscuits’ de facto hype men (and woman), they’ve had the rare pleasure of performing for thousands at world famous venues like Red Rocks and the Hammerstein Ballroom, constantly keeping the crowd engaged with a unique mix of turntable and live-band improvisation. Despite their affinity for live music, OL’s focus hasn’t shifted since the group’s inception almost a decade ago – to provide sophisticated and stylish DJ sets that are appropriate in a variety of settings, from the dance floor to the couch.