Billy Otto latest story - The Otto's: live in Newcastle

I LOVE FAMILY! 

I come from a family called the Otto's - 4 siblings from Australia.

My family is dearest thing I hold to my heart. My sibs are my best mates. I couldn't journey without them. I've been so blessed to grow up in a big family where creativity is celebrated and nurtured. 

Old school family moments.. 

Old school family moments.. 


My two sisters, brother and myself are half Malaysian and we've been playing music together since we came out of the womb (sounds like a heavy exaggeration, yet the beautiful Sarah was singing harmonies from the age of 3, and now she is 25!)

Walking the red carpet with these lovelys at Music Oz 4 years ago. Time flys. That night @melissaottomusic battled #theottobrothers and conquered in the gospel category. Lucky our tribal family still received the benefits.. I always knew I got the black gene.

Walking the red carpet with these lovelys at Music Oz 4 years ago. Time flys. That night @melissaottomusic battled #theottobrothers and conquered in the gospel category. Lucky our tribal family still received the benefits.. I always knew I got the black gene.

As life has evolved, so have our diverse individual solo projects and marriage ventures. All 3 siblings of mine have now tied the not, with Melissa's baby on the way. Hence it's been an ever complex operation to squeeze any HQ creative time for the crew. Most of us have released solo EP's and ALBUMS, but we collectively knew it was time to combine and collaborate our own individual songs by involving each other in a raw environment of folk/acoustic/gospel colours. We dream-stormed the idea of making an 8 track live album CD/DVD recorded in our home town, Newcastle. The Otto kids (minus Jonno - unfortunately he  could not be with us because he's living it up in San Diego) came together this year in April to start making our dream a reality. 

Our banjo player Harrison Deanshaw and myself, strumming away to "Over and over" by Sarah. 

Our banjo player Harrison Deanshaw and myself, strumming away to "Over and over" by Sarah. 


We recorded all of our different songs live in the studio and want to make it available as separate audio tracks and video. 

The songs are as follows:

ARROWS (Billy)

OVER AND OVER (Sarah)

RUN RUN (Melissa)

FLOATING NOW (Billy)

HERE HE COMES (Melissa)

COME BABY (Melissa)

LEGACY OF LOVE (Sarah)

MILLER AND THE MIDNIGHT CRY (Billy)

The recording process was intense. We honestly smashed out 8 songs in a single day. Can you believe it? The day: beginning at 8:30, wrapping up at 2am. We surprisingly finished well.

Working with Luke O'dea (producer) and Reuben Ennor (filmmaker) was insane. Their dynamic creative flair and zeal brought the project to new heights. 

Our filmmaker Reuben Ennor in the distance, doing his magic. 

Our filmmaker Reuben Ennor in the distance, doing his magic. 

 

Luke and myself however got a little freaked out. At 2am we were locking up the studio. As we walked outside onto the dodgy streets of Tighes Hill, some big fella's under the influence started to call out to us from a distance. Luke then told me to walk faster with him. As soon as we got around the corner, we began to sprint towards our cars which were loaded up 5k each minimum with music gear. We waited in our cars with lights off, then darted off 5 minutes later, still with a scare and adrenaline rush!

As many of you may know, we got some help with $ from Kickstarter. Thanks to all of you friendly peeps out there that were part of our crowd-funding efforts. We hit our financial goal which alleviated a portion of the production costs. 

 

 

The one and only, Melissa. 

The one and only, Melissa. 

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.
— Michael J. Fox

follow the siblings: 

theottosmusic.com

billyottolive.com

melissaotto.com

sarahpotts.com.au

instagram: @billyotto | @melissaottomusic | @sarah.potts 

All in all, hold tight to your loved ones. They are golden. Make time for them.