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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

John Otto Quotes

But I've gravitated more towards the drum set.
John Otto

Even on the drum level, it's all about stating your theme, going back to certain things that need to be emphasized, not doing fills for the sake of doing fills.
John Otto

I really just wanted to play the drum set and match that. I was never really into the percussion thing.
John Otto

I think jazz is a wonderful learning tool.
John Otto

I usually go with the first instinct, and then build upon that.
John Otto

I was really conscious of that when I went in because I felt that I was pretty solid on the first one, but I didn't have the groove exactly where I wanted it.
John Otto

I'd take the syncopation and play swing, and then read the syncopation lines with my left hand.
John Otto

I've always liked funk and rock and everything.
John Otto

It's all about theme and development anyway. That's what music is about.
John Otto

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
John Otto

Onstage, it's more of a momentary pressure.
John Otto

Sometimes the band can't fully hear your fill, so they come in differently. So I've also learned not to really step out too much, because you sacrifice the band when you do that.
John Otto

We knew we wanted to put a lot of melody into it - a lot more than what we did on our first album.
John Otto

We've got many different sides of music to us.
John Otto

When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines, and I used to practice to that quite a bit, just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.
John Otto

When the snares don't hit together, it's just the most awful thing to hear.
John Otto

When the songs pop out, that's like the climax of us building.
John Otto

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