Dead Ott on His Latest Release & More [Interview] [@Styxmen]
One half of UK rap duo Styxmen, Dead Ott, recently asked us at Black Budget Entertainment to help promote his latest release, Dead To The World EP. For those who may not be aware, Dead Ott is a Oxford born UK hip hop artist that both produces and emcees, he has been making music for over ten years to date and his latest release, Dead to The World EP, is the first in a brand new trilogy series from the UK artist.
We at Black Budget Entertainment decided to call in Dead Ott and get an exclusive text based interview from the growing musician, talking about everything from his influences to, his latest release. Interview follows:
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m Dead Ott, a UK hip hop MC and producer from Oxford. I’m one half of Styxmen, with my partner in rhyme Prophit. We started rapping together and making tunes after a school trip to Amsterdam in 2000 and been doing it ever since. In the last couple of years we’ve tried to get a bit more serious with it and released two EPs and an LP between 2011-13. And now its time for some Dead Ott solo ish!
What made you choose the name?
I got the name on that fateful trip to Amsterdam! The memories are very hazy, all I know is I came back from that trip as Dead Ott!
What, if any, are the main influences for you when writing your music?
Everyday life. I aint a gangster, I’m not really on a political tip, I just write about what I’m seeing, hearing, thinking and feeling. And hip hop, I’m always influenced by hip hop, and the state of hip hop. I love finding new hip hop, new artists, new sounds, new styles, I live for it! Its a constant inspiration to me.
At what age did you first decide to make Hip Hop music?
We were 16 when me and Prophit started rapping, we used to make tapes of ourselves rapping over Wu-Tang beats and other instrumentals. I’ve still got some of them tapes and trust me, no-one is hearing that shit!!! We used to dub from tape to tape so we could do ad-libs over the top of our vocals! We started producing our own music a couple of years later, and I released my debut solo album ‘Stories From The Frontline’ in 2004.
What is the main theme behind your current release?
Its just kinda re-introducing myself, I haven’t had a solo release in a while, and being in a group I wanted to see if I still had what it takes to go it alone! Prophit has always produced the majority of the Styxmen beats, so recently I’ve had to step my game up on the production side! That’s when I decided I wanted to do my own E.P completely self produced. The lyrical themes range from straight rapping, relationships, hip-hop, with a touch of classic D-O slack chat!
How long have you been working on your current project?
The beats and the lyrics were all produced and written during 2011-12 when we were doing all the Styxmen EPs. It wasn’t until we finally got that LP out at the beginning of the year that i decided to put my own EP together, then I recorded it all in March 2013.
Who features on production for your current project?
Its all produced by myself, and recorded, mixed and mastered by Chemo at Kilamanjaro Studios. I gotta give a big shout out to him for making this EP sound so tight! Hopefully I’ll be recording the next EP with him too. I couldn’t release ANYTHING without Prophit on a track, so we collaborated on ‘Back Again’ which has a familiar Styxmen vibe. There is also a feature from a well known Oxford singer-songwriter going under the alias of Little Girl on the track ‘Show Me The Way’.
Have you got any other promotion in place?
Pretty much always relied on word of mouth for our promotion, this is the first big promotion push I’ve gone on so big up to Black Budget!
Have you performed at many live shows and what kind of a reaction do you get?
I used to be in a crew in Portsmouth that put on hip hop, garage and D&B nights back in the day but haven’t really done anything live for a while. Looking to change that with this release tho…
Have you been on any live radio shows and what do you prefer, radio or live on stage?
We were on a internet radio show in the USA last year, did it live by webcam which was pretty joke! That was our first experience of radio. I love doing live gigs tho, love the vibe you get of the crowd and thats what I want to get back to.
Have you featured on any other UK Hip Hop artist’s tracks, if so, who?
We always done our own stuff really, in our own local scene. Recently we’ve tried to branch out a bit and been working with a sick producer White Key, who produced two bangers for Styxmen. Check him out at www.soundcloud.com/white-key-productions
Have you got any videos on-line i.e YouTube, Vimeo etc?
Yeah, I got a couple of freestyle vids on the Styxmen Youtube page and I’m currently editing a video for this release for the track ‘Vapours’.
Have you been featured on any UK broadcasters like SBTV/Link Up TV’s YouTube channels?
What are the plans for the future?
Well this is the first of a trilogy of solo releases, the next EP which I’m already working on is gonna feature production from some of my favourite producers. Obviously Prophit and White Key will be on there, as well as Chemo, Runone and hopefully a few more.
Thanks for your time, is there anyone you would like to shout out?
All my Witney boys!!! You know who you are, Team Rowdy and Team Nature! Shout outs to Prophit, Mogul, Bishop and White Key, my hip hop cronies!! All my family and friends and all REAL hip hop artists and fans!
Dead Ott Bandcamp – www.deadott.bandcamp.com
Styxmen Bandcamp – www.styxmen.bandcamp.com
Dead Ott blog – www.styxmen.blogspot.co.uk
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Styxmen Twitter – www.twitter.com/styxmen
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