otysee is an independent composer and recording artist who made his solo debut in 2019 with the single “Almond”. That track introduced a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist producer from Germany who deals in laid-back grooves. His mostly instrumental tunes mix elements of jazz, pop, and hip-hop into laid-back lo-fi vibe.
Since his debut, the prolific producer has amassed a remarkable volume of work. In less than four years, otysee has released four full-length albums and over fifty singles. Growing up in a musical household, the young artist learned to play a number of instruments. Prior to launching this current project, the multifaceted musician collaborated on a number of projects and worked as the drummer in a rock band.
“Jazz Bar ” is the latest single from otysee, released worldwide via all major streaming services on May 19, 2023. A wah-wah electric guitar introduces the track as the beat drops on a downtempo jazz-hop groove. Piano, bass, drums and guitar accompany the soloist, conjuring images of a smoky late-night cocktail lounge.
Check out “Jazz Bar” below. You can also hear the tune on the Deep Indie Chill playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with otysee. check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
8 Questions with otysee
Where are you from?
otysee: I am originally from Germany, a nation deeply rooted in a rich cultural heritage that has had a profound influence on my musical journey. It’s a country that uniquely blends traditional customs with contemporary innovation, an element that’s clearly reflected in my diverse musical style and explorations.
How long have you been making music?
I have been making music since the age of 10, starting with classical guitar. Later I became a drummer, before moving to the electric guitar and from there to acoustic guitar fingerpicking. Besides that I play a little piano. In my music I therefore rarely use samples and create all my music from scratch.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
This song is a solo production, and one that I have created on my own. It is a project that’s close to my heart and one in which I’ve poured my soul.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I have many musical influences – I don’t dare to say standing on the shoulder of giants. Some musicians that have influenced me greatly are Prince (who inspired me to master as many instruments as possible), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Parov Stelar and of course J Dilla.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
My greatest non-musical influence is undoubtedly my mother. It is from her that I’ve learned the values of persistence, passion, and the significance of cherishing every step of progress. These values permeate my music and work ethic.
What inspired you to create this project?
One night I dropped in a small jazz bar – you can say, it was a hole in the wall. There was live music, provided by a lonely guitar player. I was probably the only patron who paid attention to him. And somehow I felt for him, giving his best for people who do not care. That theme inspired me to write the song. You can hear that crying wah wah guitar at the beginning of the song, almost begging for attention. Someone listen to me please, it seems to wail.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
My future plans are simple: creating music that can make a difference (no matter how small) in my listeners’ life. If your day becomes a little brighter because of my music, I have achieved my goal. I have a small but very loyal group of people on my instagram account. One of them shared with me that my music helps him to calm down, as he has frequent anxiety attacks. That kind of feedback gives me so much energy and motivation.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
In conclusion, I want to extend my thanks for this opportunity to discuss and share my music. It’s platforms like these that allow artists to bridge the gap between their creations and the audience. I invite your readers to explore more of my work, as each piece represents a unique chapter of my musical journey.
Feedback is always appreciated, it’s the lifeblood of creative growth, so feel free to engage with me on Instagram. I enjoy hearing from listeners about their experiences with my music. Once again, thank you for facilitating this connection.