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Started in Murfreesboro TN, this Philly-based FSOL influenced act bring an eclectic approach to the world of electronica mixing ambient and psychedelic elements to an audio arsenal that spans the full spectrum of synthesized music. Originally led by Philadelphia native Otis Brown (then ambient/industrial/noise artist Otep 147), ex-Self bassist Timm Nobles, and Very George frontman Rick Perry, they are arguably one of the first acts to effectively bring underground electronic dance to audiences in many parts of the South. And what a killer live show; full of lights and visuals.
Now, revamped and with a rotating lineup fronted by Otis, this act continues to push limits; still meshing genres and sounds. As a remixer and producer, Rigger has worked with and done remixes for a multitude of artists including Fraz, 3K Static, songwriter Les Rivera (aka El Malito), Houston Bernard, Atomchild, Mouse on Mars, Needles Jones, Turbine, Self, DJ Mowgly, Casey Grabowski (aka Etchant and Passable Plastic), Rude Corps, and Las Vegas trance mavens Ghost in the Machine. The Rigger studio sound incorporates a wide array of samples and sound effects, ranging from BBC nature recordings to NASA space broadcasts and special effects. With those samples mixed underneath added synthwork and effects inspired by dance pioneers such as the Orb, the Future Sound of London, and Underworld, their experiences become an almost extraterrestrial experience.
Otis is a second generation musician; the son of piano prodigy Mary Brown and respected jazz musician, the late Otis Brown, Jr....both published poets and highly respected in their own right nationally as well as in the City of Brotherly Love. His parents would take him to gigs and let him learn from their bandmates and soundmen, spurring him to start compiling audio samples and tinkering with audio equipment starting at the age of just 12 years old...."It really started after hearing "Numbers" by Kraftwerk in 1st grade," Otis admits. "It was the foundation for my daydreams of the kind of vision I wanted to be set to reality; visions about robots, science fiction, technology, the possibilities that lie ahead for us in the distant future. That tape recorder was just the base of the pillar." Amusingly enough, he still has those original tapes archived to this day.
With trance artist Ned Leslie (aka Bonic Supra), he co-runs MOEBIUS RECORDS a label that supports up and coming artists worldwide and currently features releases by not only Rigger and Bonic Supra but artists such as Spaceplayer, TN-based hip hop artists Ario Zadeh, Bidi, Cribforce, and reknowned alt-rock songwriter Rick Perry.
As a DJ, Otis's mix repetoire has spanned the full spectrum from house to jungle to breaks to dubstep. After beginning his journey as a DJ in 1993, he's been open and able to play a myriad of different styles and with great proficiency...
During his time in his native Philadelphia, he co-founded with tag team partner DJ Sunshine, the legendary Phractured Phunk crew, a group of the city's finest breaks and hip-hop DJ's. Their talents were showcased every week as residents at Moda Lounge and a successful monthly at an event called Blingtastic. Local noteriety was gained co-hosting Fuck It Mondays with fellow DJ and friend Monica Sharp in the Old City section of Philadelphia. He's promoted many successful events in the northeast as well as the south and played with many prominent DJ's including John B, Lorin Bassnectar, and Reid Speed in various parts of the country.
In July 2006, Otis returned to the Philadelphia area after a year long hiatus and being away from his home turf for nearly 2 years in Chicago and Queens, NY. "The break was necessary. It was a great source of catharsis. I had demons to face down." Work was sporadic through the end of 2006 but yielded bombastically big remixes for varied artists and DJ sets continued to abound. 2007 was a year of change with the resurrgence of gigs in Otis's hometown and the reconnection with Rigger co-founder Rick Perry who has continued on for many years as he began; a proficient singer/songwriter . "It's like Gilmour and Waters coming together again in many senses. We are two very creative, dynamic people each both with such a disciplined work ethic which is an essential part of this concept. He's always been my brother. And to keep this all going is not just to honor our contributions past and present to this music but those who put this together with us."
....A highly anticipated reunion is in the works....
2008 began with another move from Otis's native Philadelphia to Dallas, TX where he and his wife currently reside to reinvent the remarkable sound and concept that has now spanned nearly 2 decades of work... In Sept 2008 after receiving critical acclaim for his mixing and production, Otis became a monthly breaks contributor on America's longest running dance/electronic music radio show "Edge Club" broadcasted every Saturday night 12 midnight- 3 am on KDGE 102.1 FM out of Dallas and hosted by local dance music staple DJ Merritt , also singing a major international distribution deal with dPulse Recordings.
Now in 2011, Otis ventures into the realm of dubstep as well as playing monthly sets of house for fans all over the globe.
Producer. Remixer. DJ. Musician. Pioneer.
After nearly 20 years of work Otis Brown and Rigger still continue to blaze trails for the US dance music scene.
Founded by former Very George frontman Rick Perry,ex-Self bassist Timm Nobles, and Philadelphia ambient artist Otis Brown (aka Otep 147), Rigger began as merely a think tank of local music thatwould meet on nights and weekends to exchange ideas and swap styles. The early experiments and jam sessions at parties became a full fledged band.The aim was for the band not be pidgeholed into one genre of music. Each of the members would keep switching instruments, elaborting and strengthing their weak points as musicians.
Under Rick and Otis's watchful eye, the live shows grew to become huge mutlimedia showcases of psychedelic visions with multiple screens spewing forth images of colors and graphic art. Within a whirlwind of creative differences, alcoholism, and drug abuse, the original lineup of the band disappated without releasing a single album. But some of the members still jam together or solo and their music still spins at many underground parties throughout the South. In 2001, Rigger was reformed by Otis Brown as a trio along with John Baum of Ocean Size Studio in Newark, DE and Philadelphia experimental artist Severin Walker.
With personnel changes in 2002 and 2003 and many challenges, the new Rigger takes on a new sound and approach...
Yes and hell yes!
Orb, Radiohead, FSOL, Aphex Twin, Orbital, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Underworld, Rennie Pilgrem, and many more...
Korg Triton, Roland EG-101, Moog Concertmate, Roland MC 303, Yamaha Motiff, two Technics 1200's, Korg Kaoss Pas, Alesis NanoVerb, Yamaha Portasound, Roland CR-78
DJ mixes, mashups, and remixes at http://www.soundcloud.com/riggermusic