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John Otto
March 22, 1977 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that. I was never really into the percussion thing.


We've got many different sides of music to us.


Onstage, it's more of a momentary pressure.


We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it - a lot more than what we did on our first album.


When the songs pop out, that's like the climax of us building.


But I've gravitated more towards the drum set.


I'd take the syncopation and play swing, and then read the syncopation lines with my left hand.


When the snares don't hit together, it's just the most awful thing to hear.


I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool.


It's all about theme and development anyway. That's what music is about.


Even on the drum level, it's all about stating your theme, going back to certain things that need to be emphasized, not doing fills for the sake of doing fills.


I was really conscious of that when I went in because I felt that I was pretty solid on the first one, but I didn't have the groove exactly where I wanted it.


Sometimes the band can't fully hear your fill, so they come in differently. So I've also learned not to really step out too much, because you sacrifice the band when you do that.


When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines, and I used to practice to that quite a bit, just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.


I've always liked funk and rock and everything.


Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.


I usually go with the first instinct, and then build upon that.


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