Born and raised in sunny Santa Monica, California, Tim Otis' love of music stretches back to the late 70’s where he would purchase 7” vinyl singles on his way home from school. His hobby soon encompassed all aspects of his home where he would modify all his rooms to be “wired for sound” What started as a passion became full time work in the 80’s when asked to provide music for gatherings as a profession. The musical landscape then rich as Britain exploded with a cornucopia of new talent. “New Romantic” music had swept Europe but was largely unheard in suburban California. Tim provided soundtracks to many a gathering under the firm name “Natural Outputs”. Mixing tracks from The The and Simple Minds along with more experimental acts such as Bill Nelson and Brian Eno, the result was an environmental soundscape that soothed and intrigued listeners.
In 1991 Otis founded the Acid House in San Francisco’s legendary “I Beam” nightclub on Haight Street. This was the first ecstasy inspired party of its kind in the city. The Balearic “New Beat” of Belgium had mixed with the manically sequenced industrial music of London, which provided the backdrop for a decade of illegal wherehouse parties that followed thereafter. Tim’s contribution to the after hours scene was prolific. Gears shifted as promoters soon placed additional emphasis on”chill-out” areas where ravers could unwind and rehydrate after dancing. Tim’s work included video and slide montages, chill room design as well as a soothing downtempo soundsape environments.
Tim’s move to Prague in 1995 gave birth to a new passion, radio broadcasting. Having started as a substitute on “Demon Sounds” on Radio 1 the program soon morphed into an mélange of break beats, trip hop and acid jazz hence its first name change “Eclectica”. The shows success prompted an expanded 3 hour prime time slot on Friday nights called "High Fidelity" showcasing the diverse musical tapestry of all things musical. Present inspirations include Lamb, Kid Loco, William Orbit, Thievery Co. Kruder & Dorfmeister and Fink to name a few. “A strong percussive element is critical to successful lounge sets” says Otis as he settles into his 4-year residency in the Lounge at Radost FX. “People forget that challenging the listener is part of my job. I want to immerse your senses, recollect sounds and persons long gone, journey within’ to where only the listener has been. I want to soundtrack your life!”
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