No other DJs have been better groomed to steer Melbourne in the right direction as disheveled duo, Otologic. Whether they’re growing their own local residencies, bringing international talent to Melbourne or being called upon to warm up for such legends as DJ Harvey and Andrew Weatherall or close the coveted Saturday night Meredith Music Festival slot, Otologic are cult figures of Melbourne’s underground.
Given the opportunity, they crafted their own party where they had complete control of the music, the smoke machine and the strobe light. In 2009, from the depths of the Mercat Basement emerged their monthly party, C Grade. Today, Otologic and colleague, Tornado Wallace’s 8-hour sets continue to draw people less concerned with a scene, than with music. These vast tracts of time at the turntables afford them a wonderful opportunity, which they do not waste. On any given C Grade, the hours will be wiled away with a diverse range of music from Acid House to Disco and everything in between with each one finishing at a more ridiculous hour than the last.
In 2010 they co-founded the Animals Dancing brand as a way of presenting their favourite international talent to Melbourne. From the die-hard Detroitism of Marcellus Pittman and Rick Wilhite, to New York party-starters such as Eric Duncan and Justin Vandervolgen, to the European styles of Prosumer and Hunee – at Animals Dancing, Otologic are passionate about quality and diverse acts.
Over the past few years Otologic have also taken their sound to clubs and festivals Australia wide such as Splendour In The Grass, Meredith Music Festival, Dark Mofo, Parklife and Future Music Festival, as well as playing in London, Tokyo and the Sub Club in Glasgow.
Not restricted to DJing alone, releases from both members of Otologic are also in the pipeline, while Tom is one half of Coober Pedy University Band, whose “Moon Plain” EP was released on Soft Rocks’ Kinfolk label in early 2013 and featured on Bill Brewster’s ‘After Dark’ compilation for the ‘LateNightTales’ series.
Do not hesitate to fling yourself with abandon on Otologic’s bandwagon. Your ears will be better for it.