The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Otto Vector to talk about their rigorous touring schedule and challenges of breaking through as a three piece band. You can find them on the “Indie Alternative” station on Ourtunez.com.
Boiling over with medallic madness, Detroit-based Otto Vector has a slew of influences in their backyard. From Motown, Techno, and some dirty Rock and Roll, these guys have been making some headway through the Motor City over the last few years. Formed in 2002, Otto Vector consists of four heavy hitting dudes and one bad ass chick.
This technology-pop rock infused group takes making new material to a whole different level. It starts off with Mike Glaser and Andrew Ginseng getting together and messing around their preferred music production software. After they find something that works, they take it to the rest of the band where they work with it until it becomes magic. ” After we have an initial idea, we present it to the band. Then we start jamming it and Renee will finish it off with her lyrics and melody. It’s a pretty streamlined method that has been very effective for us over the years.”
People from Detroit take pride in their city, even when others might try to knock it down, they just keep getting up. Otto Vector thrives on helping the city rebuild itself, by working around the clock for their next big break. “There is something to be said about a working class hero. A Working class hero is something to be. And f*** yeah it is. That’s what I think of when I think of Detroit.” Vector knows that there is still a long road ahead for the city, but they appear to be steering in the right direction.
Otto Vector can see a new city on the horizon but, one thing holding Detroit back, insensitivity. ” Granted Detroit isn’t 100% ready for all of the burbs to move back in, but it’s getting there. ANd at a staggering rate. The only thing holding it back is constant ignorance of people not believing in what is happening.” If there is one thing that can help bring new folks downtown, it’s music. With bands like Otto Vector, The Erers and The Fever Tongues hustling hard to bring Motown back to where it once stood tall. ” Companies are willing to and are investing in Detroit. All their waiting on is the people to now invest their time in coming down and checking it out.”
Check out Otto Vector over at www.ourtunez.com, you can find them on Today’s Hits station. They just wrapped up a new album, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.