As a remixer and producer, Rigger has worked with and done remixes for a multitude of artists including Fraz, 3K Static, songwriter Les Rivera (aka El Malito), Houston Bernard, Atomchild, Mouse on Mars, Needles Jones, Turbine, Self, DJ Mowgly, Casey Grabowski (aka Etchant and Passable Plastic), Rude Corps, and Las Vegas trance mavens Ghost in the Machine. The Rigger studio sound incorporates a wide array of samples and sound effects, ranging from BBC nature recordings to NASA space broadcasts and special effects. With those samples mixed underneath added synthwork and effects inspired by dance pioneers such as the Orb, the Future Sound of London, and Underworld, their experiences become an almost extraterrestrial experience. Otis is a second generation musician; the son of piano prodigy Mary Brown and respected jazz musician, the late Otis Brown, Jr....both published poets and highly respected in their own right nationally as well as in the City of Brotherly Love. His parents would take him to gigs and let him learn from their bandmates and soundmen, spurring him to start compiling audio samples and tinkering with audio equipment starting at the age of just 12 years old...."It really started after hearing "Numbers" by Kraftwerk in 1st grade," Otis admits.
"It was the foundation for my daydreams of the kind of vision I wanted to be set to reality; visions about robots, science fiction, technology, the possibilities that lie ahead for us in the distant future. That tape recorder was just the base of the pillar." Amusingly enough, he still has those original tapes archived to this day. With trance artist Ned Leslie (aka Bonic Supra), he co-runs MOEBIUS RECORDS a label that supports up and coming artists worldwide and currently features releases by not only Rigger and Bonic Supra but artists such as Spaceplayer, TN-based hip hop artists Ario Zadeh, Bidi, Cribforce, and reknowned alt-rock songwriter Rick Perry. As a DJ, Otis's sets consists of a wide array of styles of breakbeat; ranging from Florida style funky breaks to UK-style nu skool. Though adept at spinning jungle and house as well, breakbeat seems to be his calling. During his time in his native Philadelphia, he co-founded with tag team partner DJ Sunshine, the legendary Phractured Phunk crew, a group of the city's finest breaks and hip-hop DJ's.
Their talents were showcased every week as residents at Moda Lounge and a successful monthly at an event called Blingtastic. Local noteriety was gained co-hosting Fuck It Mondays with fellow DJ and friend Monica Sharp in the Old City section of Philadelphia. He's promoted many successful events in the northeast as well as the south and played with many prominent DJ's including John B, Lorin Bassnectar, and Reid Speed in various parts of the country. In July 2006, Otis returned to the Philadelphia area after a year long hiatus and being away from his home turf for nearly 2 years in Chicago and Queens, NY. "The break was necessary.
It was a great source of catharsis. I had demons to face down." Work was sporadic through the end of 2006 but yielded bombastically big remixes for varied artists and DJ sets continued to abound. 2007 has been a year of change with the resurrgence of gigs in Otis's hometown, a distribution deal with Jack Kitty Records, and the reconnection with Rigger co-founder Rick Perry who has continued on for many years as he began; a proficient singer/songwriter. "It's like Gilmour and Waters coming together again in many senses.
We are two very creative, dynamic people each both with such a disciplined work ethic which is an essential part of this concept. He's always been my brother. And to keep this all going is not just to honor our contributions past and present to this music but those who put this together with us." ....A highly anticipated reunion is in the works.... 2008 began with another move from Otis's native Philadelphia to Dallas, TX to join his girlfriend and reinvent the remarkable sound and concept that has now spanned over a decade of work... In Sept 2008 after receiving critical acclaim for his mixing and production, Otis became a monthly breaks contributor on America's longest running dance/electronic music radio show "Edge Club" broadcasted every Saturday night 12 midnight- 3 am on KDGE 102.1 FM out of Dallas and hosted by local dance music staple DJ Merritt. After a year in Dallas, Otis has now returned to his home turf for yet another act in the ever changing world of Rigger, signing a major international distribution deal with dPulse Recordings. Producer.
Remixer. DJ. Musician. Pioneer. After over 15 years of work Otis Brown and Rigger still continue to blaze trails for the US dance music scene. Read more on Last.fm.
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