Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, Unknown Mortal Orchestra


band members

Billy Otto


Influences

Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Fleet Foxes, Methyl Ethyl


Bio

Hooky, indie-rock and coastal singer-songwriter, Billy Otto’s sound lands somewhere between Radiohead and Tame Impala. With confessional choruses, apprehending lyrics and sun-drunk vocals, Billy’s desire to stir audiences is self-evident. Finding global success over the last 4 years, Billy has toured over 30 countries, building a loyal following in Brazil, Sweden, USA, Japan and selling out shows in Australia with his raw and energetic presence. Billy’s sound has also reverberated the wider antipodean landscape, playing support shows for the likes of Yumi Zouma and Kyle Lionhart. Born into a large musical family and adding collaborations with Moncler and Patagonia to his achievements, Billy believes his latest track is his most anthemic release yet. Melodically reminiscent of the 70s-hippy surfing scene, Chemical, co-produced by up and comer Caleb Tasker (G Flip, East, Tuka), is a sublime blend of reverb guitar and synth electronic waves, brought together by smooth male vocals. Mixed by Ian Pritchett (Angus and Julia Stone, Boo Seeka), the song breathes an energy that is both frenetic and melancholic. Emerging within him while traveling West India in 2017 Billy says, the track has a tone not dissimilar from FOALS’ “What went down” and Radiohead’s “Bodysnatchers”. Anticipating a colossal moment on stage Billy and his four-piece band will debut Chemical live for the first-time next week at the iconic Factory Theatre, Sydney. Generally speaking, Billy, a happy, go-lucky grommet has been no stranger to bouts of depression, when in early 2017 he encountered a heavy couple of months, he says he tried to talk himself out of a dark and debilitating place to no avail. But this experience is what his music aims to lay bare, “I want everyone to know that it’s ok to not be ok and that especially as men, because vulnerability is beautiful. Men are dying all over the world from mental health battles and I want the conversation around mental health to be normalized.” To this end, his chorus beckons: “Chemical got me rising, got me rising, but it’s alright”. It’s also Billy’s work in philanthropy and environmental activism always finds footing in his songwriting. It’s always been important that Billy’s songs create a safe space for healing and reflection. Having worked on projects with members of Gang of Youths and Sticky Fingers, Billy has collaborated with a wide network of musical geniuses, many of whom collaborated with him on Chemical. Daryl Chin of Kira Puru lays the drum track, Jenny McCullagh of I Know Leopard performs powerful vocal and string layers, and Ian Pritchett mixing the track. Chemical will be released November 8 with Billy performing with his full band at The Factory Theatre Marrickville (November 8), and The Miami Marketta (November 23) as part of the Kyle Lionhart tour. “You know when you hear a tune that is so well crafted and catchy you feel like it’s stuck in your head before you’ve even finished listening to it? That’s how we feel about indie/dreamwave musician Billy Otto” LIFE WITHOUT ANDY

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

20 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

no doubting this will get people arm in arm singing along with the endorphin count flying through the roof. it's so damn catchy and moreish, a ready made festival hit.

no doubting this will get people arm in arm singing along with the endorphin count flying through the roof. it's so damn catchy and moreish, a ready made festival hit.

Review

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

11 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

if the Leimbach brothers are on the hunt for a support act to supply the same level of charm and ~good vibes~, they needn't look any further than Billy Otto!

if the Leimbach brothers are on the hunt for a support act to supply the same level of charm and ~good vibes~, they needn't look any further than Billy Otto!

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

05 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

Worth hitting repeat on this whenever you're in need of a mood lifter. Billy's imbued this one with a carefree streak and you can't help but whistle, clap and cheer along.

Worth hitting repeat on this whenever you're in need of a mood lifter. Billy's imbued this one with a carefree streak and you can't help but whistle, clap and cheer along.