By EDM Nations – July 24, 2021 122 0
Botté, who returned to solo music in September 2020 with “En Vela” ft. Probz earned Otto Botté a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording – Non-Classical. This diversity stems from Otto’s personal experiences as well as his background (immigrating from Colombia at a young age and immersing himself in NYC’s nightlife and music scene). I took a look back into my childhood, reminisced on dance recitals of Latin traditional music in elementary school, and house and dance music that kept me groovin’ thru my junior and high school years back in Bogotá. Additionally, two incredible remixes by Jacuzzi Jefferson add a twist to an already spectacular piece of work. Botté is also a member of the NYC-based electronic trio Pool Cosby, which most recently released its Day Breaks album in 2020 and has been featured on Billboard, Earmilk, GRUNGECAKE, and more. Today,NYC-based Colombian producer, singer-songwriter, and sound engineer Otto Botté invites listeners on a journey through his world with his debut EP, Dancing Company, Vol I. Since arriving in NYC as a teenager from Bogotá, the self-taught, multi-faceted sound engineer and artist has spent the last decade working with a spectrum of rising and prominent musicians. A chapter full of love, heartache, passion, and uncertainty. Follow us on socials Otto says: “This EP sums up a thrilling chapter in my life. In addition to working on the multi-platinum projects of Enrique Iglesias, Joey Bada$$, Trey Songz, Fedez, and more, his co-mastering work on the viral Robin Schulz remix of “Waves” by Mr. Nic Hanson gained support from Acid Stag, Medium, Urban Latino, The Fox Magazine, Kick Kick Snare, etc. On that trip back in time, I grabbed the few last ingredients I was looking for to create something true to who I am.”
In addition to the title track, “Dancing Company, Vol I” is composed of 4 tracks including “Humbara,” which recently surpassed 100K global streams, received support from NPR Music’s World Cafe, and was featured on Botté’s DJ mix for LatinAlt HD3 – which took over radio waves every Saturday in February 2021. Stream HERE
The project is a reminder that even through dark times, music can help let the light shine through (we just have to dance a little). “Dancing Company Vol, I” is more than a collection of songs, it is an invitation into a world in which funky basslines and synths meet Latin percussion, the rhythmic meets the melodic, and listeners meet Otto. Through the use of elements of traditional Colombian music and Latin pop in combination with house, Botté offers something special, something that makes it impossible not to dance along. Consisting of five unique tracks, the EP represents Otto’s formal introduction to listeners everywhere as a solo artist. This journey has brought me closer to God and redefined my voice as a creative. From hypnotizing love songs to club-ready tracks about encounters of chance, the EP is as complex as human nature itself.