No other DJs have been better groomed to steer Melbourne in the right direction as dishevelled duo, Otologic. Whether they’re running their own wild parties, bringing international talent to Melbourne or being called upon to warm up for such legends as DJ Harvey and Andrew Weatherall, Otologic are cult figures of Melbourne’s underground.
Given the opportunity, they crafted their own party where they had complete control of the music, the smoke machine and the strobe light. In 2008, from the depths of the Mercat Basement emerged their monthly party, C Grade. Today, Otologic and colleague, Tornado Wallace’s 8-hour sets continue to draw people less concerned with a scene, than with music. These vast tracts of time at the turntables afford them a wonderful opportunity, which they do not waste. On any given C Grade, the hours will be wiled away with a diverse range of music from Acid House to Disco and everything in between with each one finishing at a more ridiculous hour than the last.
In 2010 they co-founded the Animals Dancing brand as a way of presenting their favourite international talent to Melbourne. From the die-hard Detroitism of Marcellus Pittman and Rick Wilhite, to New York party-starters such as Eric Duncan and Justin Vandervolgen, to the European styles of Moritz Von Oswald, Prosumer and Hunee – at Animals Dancing, Otologic are passionate about quality and diverse acts.
Not restricted to DJing alone, releases from both members of Otologic are also in the pipeline. Tom is one half of Coober Pedy University Band with Tornado Wallace. The duo’s “Moon Plain” EP was released on Soft Rocks’ Kinfolk label in early 2013 and upcoming ‘Kookaburra’ EP will be the first release for the ‘Animals Dancing’ record label. Nick on the other hand has remixed Melbourne band Forces along with upcoming collaborative releases penned with Melbourne’s Kris Baha and Andee Frost respectively.
Locally, Otologic have done it all, from playing the coveted Meredith Music Festival closing slot, to featuring at clubs and festivals Australia wide such as Splendour In The Grass, Rainbow Serpent, Dark Mofo, Strawberry Fields, Summadayze, Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music Festival and more. The duo has also performed worldwide, having been called upon in Berlin, Tokyo, London and Glasgow’s famous Sub Club on multiple occasions.