Ryan Dickinson and Ultan Burke have been knocking out house heaters as Otosan on the regular from the moment they stepped into the spotlight. That first statement of intent, debut single ‘Do You Feel It’, has racked up over 2 million Spotify streams and counting since it dropped in 2018. Released later that year, ‘Lights’ also smashed the million-play barrier.
The duo’s sound has been stripped back but unashamedly big room from the get-go; heads down, hands up melodic house music with vocal hooks that cross over from clubs and festivals to radio. Little wonder then that their Friday night residency on George FM, New Zealand’s No.1 national dance music station, continues to go from strength to strength.
While 2020 went down as the year the masses embraced remote working, Otosan have made a career of it. Rarely having the luxury of being on the same continent at once, Ryan and Ultan have always found a way to make it work – their collab with bass music don Marten Horger on ‘Feel So Right’ (signed to Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label, aired on BBC Radio 1, 800k Spotify plays) began in Stuttgart and took in sessions across Australia, NZ and Amsterdam, where it was signed at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2019. Otosan also played APRA’s Oceania Electronic Showcase there.
‘Right Here’ – the duo’s second drop on Musical Freedom, which landed in Feb 2021 – doubles down on the piano hooks that made ‘Feel So Right’ the third most played bass house track in the world in 2020 (according to 1001 Tracklists). This time ‘round it was legendary UK house producer Shadow Child (fka Dave Spoon) in the co-pilot’s seat, with a chance encounter in London landing a classic vocal-house cameo from Carrie Baxter.
A sold-out arena show supporting Synthony in Auckland kicked off a big run of shows to round off 2020, including festival slots at Rhythm & Vines, Deep Hard N Funky, Highlife NYE and a headline spot at Fields Festival. Their latest single ‘Nowhere’ also just cracked the magic million on Spotify streams just 4 months after its release thanks to a cover spot on New Dance Beats playlist and adds from labels such as Selected Music.
The pair are no strangers to the big stage, racking up supports for Duke Dumont,
Riton & Kah-Lo and Deadmau5 in the process, and have also shown Auckland’s Impala Nightclub and Sydney’s Ministry of Sound club they’re headliners in their own right.
Signed to TMRW Music (formerly Ministry of Sound Australia) early on, Otosan’s single releases are regulars in the charts including US Billboard Dance and ARIA Club. Radio support has also been widespread, with plays across a range of countries from BBC Radio 1, Capital Dance & Kiss FM in the UK, to Triple J in Australia and high rotation on George FM in NZ, which snared Otosan multiple entries in the station’s Top 100 Countdown for 2020.
As for DJ play, Tiesto, Diplo, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Afrojack and David Guetta are just some of the duo’s big-name fans.