Meet Milo & Otis. Milo is the lovechild of Erykah Badu and Ani Difranco. Otis is J.Dilla reincarnated into the body of a virtuoso bass player. Upon first meeting as freshmen at Brown University, Milo & Otis discovered their shared passion for music-making and live performance. They decided to let that shit marinate for five years before moving to Chicago and cooking up their first EP (Holiday!) in December 2011. Since settling in the Windy City, Milo & Otis have made a name for themselves in the up-and-coming music scene. Milo plays poetry & loop machines. Otis quite literally plays everything, especially bass. After seeing M&O live shows, fans marvel at how such massive sound could possibly come from such skinny people. Fans also claim to experience what they call “feelings” and often describe said “feelings” as intense, visceral, and chest-quaking.
What’s most unique about Milo & Otis is their imagination. Most bands play all of what they intend listeners to hear on their record. M&O only record half of what they write, and expect fans to recreate the hidden parts in their heads. Sort of like a mental math problem made of sugar, except without the math part. Simply put, Milo & Otis are adventure soul music: a road trip for your mind, a whizzing subway car for your heart, and sometimes even a party limo for your tuckus.
Pinch yourself, ladies and gents. Milo & Otis are the real thing.
released 16 March 2012
Milo DeVenus - Vocals, Poetry, Loop Pedal
Otis - Bass, MPC, and at various times guitar/piano
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