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INTERVIEW: Otm Shank

Hi Otm, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Greetings VENTS, a thousand blessings! It is a great honour and pleasure to speak with you. Recently I’ve been wondering, has everything that has happened previously not happened exactly the way it was supposed to?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So Bazaar”?

It features the sounds of a bustling Eastern bazaar and an Egyptian Zummara (clarinet-style reed instrument) amidst a thumping beat and hypnotic bassline. It is out on Pinkturban on June 1st and includes a remix by Bump Ugly!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I believe a great many events inspired me to write the song but then doesn’t everything everyone experiences inspire everything everyone creates?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We do have a video concept. I just have to find the right sand dunes first!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was another wonderful opportunity to further my inner transformation and develop my creative process. I am deeply appreciative to have great mentors, including my tabla (Indian hand drum) guru, Debasish Chaudhuri, to assist me on this journey. I’ve been learning that the creative energy of the Universe flows through each of us and when we allow ourselves to be a clear vessel free of judgement and attachment, the music flows naturally.

What role does LA play in your writing?

LA is my oasis in the desert. It offers an abundance of artists, musicians, DJs, dancers, sun, sand, palm trees, music festivals, an amazing Indian music community, and people striving for world peace. Oh and there’s a Little Bangladesh and a Little India here too. What else could one need?

What is it about the East that you find so fascinating?

Does the sun not rise in the East? Is it not the birthplace of light? Does one not always seek to cast one’s gaze in this direction?

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

I am incredibly fortunate to have my Pinkturban record label family (Arzeen, Evan, Bryce, Aanand, Brian, Tuklu, Alex, Gregg, Mina, and the rest!). We work together and support each other’s music and missions, and often all perform together. So in that sense, could you say I’m always collaborating?

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes we can! I have an album in the works and we will also be launching three very exciting brand new Indian-electronic-dance acts on Pinkturban this year! All will be revealed soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The album title might be a question?

Any plans to hit the road?

We are hitting the road as we speak in our van-to-Indian-palace-conversion AKA the Pinkturban Mobile Palace of World Peace! We just performed on our Pinkturban Peace Float at the 12th Annual Bangladesh Independence Day Parade, and we’ll be doing the same for the LA Pride Parade on June 10th. There may also be an East Coast tour coming up.

What else is happening next in Otm Shank’s world?

A wise man once said “The entire universe is the stage of a colossal struggle—a struggle between constructive and destructive forces, between the energy towards order and harmony and the turbulent currents leading to disorder and chaos, between the power of compassion that unites and the power of hate that sunders, between life and death, light and darkness, happiness and misery, advance and retreat, rise and fall, freedom and constraint, hope and despair, the energy to nurture life and the impulse to kill.”

I choose to follow the path towards peace and happiness. And make more music. Lots more music. For isn’t vibration the very foundation of our reality? I will continue to discover who I really am and find out who is Otm Shank?

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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