The next Swedish sensation to rule the dance roost, Otto Knows hit paydirt in 2012 with mega hit 'Million Voices'. And 2013's set to be even bigger...
As if Sweden wasn’t already dominating enough in the realm of big room house, Otto Knows is another Stockholm up-and-comer who’s earned himself a rep for crafting massive tunes. Fittingly, Otto spent his New Year's Eve in Miami playing alongside fellow Swede Alesso, another relative newcomer who’s notorious for producing those mainroom shakers. “I wasn’t DJing at midnight,” Otto told DJ Mag, “so I had the chance to have a glass of champagne with all my friends before starting my set at 2am.”
He had definitely earned that glass of bubbly — 2012 was his biggest year yet, not the least due to the success of his debut solo single ‘Million Voices’. “A lot of crazy things have happened, and it was a great year for sure,” he says. “It was the time when I first began touring properly, with gigs constantly all over the world, so I hope things will continue like that.”
‘Million Voices’ proved to be a regular in the big rooms throughout the year, its rousing vocal sample and melodic hook syncing effortlessly with the sound of the moment.
The studio where it was produced might have had something to do with it; he was right next door to Sebastian Ingrosso’s studio, when he was laying down ‘Calling’ with Alesso. And the connection goes deeper; Otto is releasing his music on Ingrosso’s Refune Records, and he counts the Mafioso’s support as one of the key factors in his success. “It’s had a huge impact. Seb took me under his wing and said, ‘You’ve got to work hard, but I’m going to be there and support you as much as I can’.
He’s taught me all his tricks in the studio, how he arranges stuff and makes it sound proper. He’s been a very important mentor and guide. He’s like a big brother taking care of me, and I’m super happy to have him on my side!”
Currently Otto is working on his next single, plus some collaborative works we’ll get to learn more about shortly. ”We’re going to have a lot of new music in 2013, that’s for sure, a lot more than 2012, I hope!”
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