Artist info

Genre

Indie


Sounds like

Tame Impala, MGMT, Passion Pit


band members

Otis Pavlovic, Royel Maddell


Influences

Hiroshi Sato, Daft Punk, Moloko


Website

Bio

Dream pop duo Royel Otis is the brainchild of Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell.

After living in New York for a few years, Royel returned home broke and started working in a bar, where he met Otis fresh out of school. After hanging around on a night out with friends, Otis showed Roy some of the demos he had been working on. Royel took them home and started matching with guitars and some Fat Boy Slim samples he stole during his time in NYC. The two started having weekly catch ups and churning out tunes in Roy’s Bondi Beach sunroom, laying guitars over beats and going on long drives along the east coast to write melodies over the tracks.

Drawing inspiration from old Japanese city pop records and ‘90s nostalgia and produced by Julian Sudek, the guys sent their track off to the legendary mixer Dave Fridmann who agreed to mix their debut song. “Without You” is the duo’s shimmering debut single.

Review

Review by Pip Rasmussen Pip Rasmussen

17 Dec 2020

Triple J
40

Dripping in funk and synth. Stellar debut from Royel Otis, what a flex!!

Dripping in funk and synth. Stellar debut from Royel Otis, what a flex!!

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

30 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

As the father of a boy called Otis, let me tell you that you automatically get at least four stars. That said, even if you weren't named so, you'd still be getting all four because this is warm and wonderful.

As the father of a boy called Otis, let me tell you that you automatically get at least four stars. That said, even if you weren't named so, you'd still be getting all four because this is warm and wonderful.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

30 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

how charming. beautiful melodies, clear and clever structural delineation, and a fascinating mix. thanks for this!

how charming. beautiful melodies, clear and clever structural delineation, and a fascinating mix. thanks for this!