Ott
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When did you feel like you 'made it' ?


Ott responded on 12/09/2019
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I never did and I probably never will.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to make a living from my music but I don't think there will ever be a point at which I feel I can rest on my laurels.

If I have any kind of goal it's to make the best record I possibly can, one which I feel I couldn't possibly improve upon. My ambition will always outstrip my ability, so hopefully I'll never get there.

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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.

Q

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.

Q

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.