Ott
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Hi Ott!
I really love your music, and I have a lot to tell you. Fairchildren is the best album I have ever heard !! From start to finish, it's really beautiful. But my question is directed towards your origins, I would like to know how you started in music? I would also like to compose music and I would be inspired to read your story since I don't know where to start


Ott responded on 11/25/2019
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1973 [aged 5]: Saw this on TV and realised I wanted to dress up like a lady and play a guitar shaped like a piece of lightning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y64211sj...

1979 [aged 11] saw this and realised I wanted to be the drummer in a Ska band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdu8VOWk...

1983 [aged 15] Heard this and realised that I wanted to shut myself in a dimly-lit room with too many synthesisers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYH8DsU2...

1991 [aged 23] I heard this and realised that nothing would ever be the same again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVuv7dHg...

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When performing on stage, have you ever felt tempted to 'go full rock star' and smash all the musical instruments ?


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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Our sound engineer goes apeshit if we put slightly-kinked cables back in the trunk, he'd fucking kill us if we started breaking stuff.

And we're totally not into generating plastic landfill.

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Hello Ott! Are you more of a coffee or a tea guy? Do you experience negative consequences of being overcaffeinated? I just freaking love coffee myself, but not sure if it significantly affects my mind and perception in negative ways. It's possibly the last addiction I cannot beat and cost/return ratio is so blurry to me that I need an external advice from a man I cannot respect more.


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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I drink gallons of tea [English style, strong with milk, no sugar] and absolutely detested coffee until 2009, when, on holiday in Italy I decided to try a cappuccino instead.

Mind blown. My first caffeine rush. I'll never forget it.

As soon as we got home I bought an espresso machine and since then I enjoy one cappuccino a day.

The second cup never quite hits the spot, so I stick at one.

Google "Dave Grohl Hospitalised Coffee" to find out what happens if you have the second cup.

"FRESH POTS!!!!"

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Hey Ott.
Meeting you and having a glass of whiskey over a deep deep conversation is in my bucket list. I love and respect you a lott ❤


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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Reciprocated.

I hope one day to learn how to enjoy the taste of whisky.

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Alien or Independance day?


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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Alien, by a country mile.

Independence Day is a noisy, shallow, crass and tedious slab of jingoistic Hollywood bullshit.

Alien is the most sublime piece of art.

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I've always interpreted "Queen of All Everything" as a reference to the Goddess (i.e., the feminine divine). Is this in any way accurate?


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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I wrote it the day after my first date with the woman who is now my wife.

It's the sound of a man flooded with dangerous levels of oxytocin.

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Whats your thoughts on getting down a 'workflow'?


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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Hahahaha! I don't even know what fucking day it is. I exist in a bubble of chaos, unable to establish any kind of routine since childhood.

My 'workflow' is to sit in my untidy studio, rocking back and forth whilst crying in frustration, passing the hours fluctuating between despondency at my lack of discernible talent and manic laughter at the divine majesty of the three-note sequence I just came up with.

Hope this helps.

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Good Otting. 7 years ago you were saying that Reason mixer's EQs and compressors were kind of subpar. Do you think they've got better over those years? I am asking because this mixer is so good in all other regards.


Ott responded on 11/24/2019
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It's not so much that anything is 'sub-par' - I just don't enjoy mixing in that environment.

Since Reason 11 you can load Reason racks as VST3 plugins in Ableton Live and that is a fucking game changer. I now mix in Ableton Live with loads Reason EQs and compressors, and it sounds magnificent.

I used to mix in Cubase but these days it feels clunky and old compared to Ableton Live so that's now my preferred environment.

If you like mixing in Reason then I'd say go for it. There's certainly no inherent sonic deficiency.