Have you ever played Houston, TX
I know you played Austin last year
Would love to get you to play here

Ott responded on 04/11/2014

I'm pretty sure I have.

I think my laptop fucked up and I said [you guessed it]:

"Houston - we have a problem."

As I recall I was showered with missiles and abuse but it was no more than I deserved.

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Hey Ott! You're the best.

Quick question. In my town there's an industrial lube shop called Ott's Friction Supply. See their sign here:

Every time I see one of their vans or this sign, I want SO FREAKIN BADLY to get a shirt or something for you.

1) Would you even want something like that or is it the thought that counts? If so, I will stop at nothing to infiltrate their facilities and obtain one. Let me know the right size, though.

And 2) Do you have any sort of public-friendly way of receiving gifts? I'm not about to ask for your home or studio address any more than you're about to put that out on the internet.


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There are a TON of electronic musicians, producers, etc. in the world right now. A lot of them will give it up almost as quickly as they took it up. Some will produce enthusiastically at first, but when the progress slows down and the reward seems farther away will do it less and less regularly until one day they may as well have quit. My assumption is that VERY few actually remain committed to their music/process for decades.

How does one stay excited and motivated enough to not quit? How to conquer the self doubt, fear of failure, and desire for instant gratification? How does one turn creativity from an ego-based pride project to an actual tool for growth and development?

It's clear to me that one's mindset is far more important to music(and arguably life) than say having encyclopedic knowledge of bass compression.

How do YOU stay on the gravy train? Have you ever fallen off?

Keep up the good work!

Ott responded on 04/11/2014
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