TERRITORIES: NORTH AMERICA
Otto Knows grew up in Stockholm in the midst of the mass energy that surrounded the Swedish house scene in the early 2000’s. Since then, he has become a self-evident star on the progressive house scene performing his symphonic hits - such as Million Voices, Parachute, Next To Me, and Friends - on world stages like Tomorrowland, Creamfields, Ushuaia Ibiza and New Horizons.
Otto started out as a DJ at the young age of 16, inspired by the local heroes who would later conquer the world under the name Swedish House Mafia. He quickly made it into the inner circle of Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune label and was subsequently told, “Here are the keys to the studio - go and make music.”
His breakthrough came in 2010 with a bootleg remix of Imogen Heap’s Hide & Seek, earning a big rush of attention. However, the big break that launched his solo career came in the spring of 2012, when an experiment in creating weird sounds evolved into the birth of his massive hit, Million Voices. The track quickly landed a firm position on BBC Radio 1’s playlist A, charted in the top 15 of the UK Singles Chart and achieved gold in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden as well as platinum in Belgium.
Following a producer/writer credit on Britney Spears’ single, Work B**ch, Parachute was released in 2014. The song paved ground for the melodic sound that has come to characterize Otto Knows songwriting. The following single, Next To Me, emphasized Otto’s leaning towards pop even further, reducing the club-oriented traits of stabbing synths and pulsating beats to a supporting role.
In time for the summer of 2016, Otto released the Avicii collaboration, Back Where I Belong. Later that year, Not Alone came out after an extensive summer run with Otto headlining throughout North America and Scandinavia as well as landmark appearances at Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Ushuaia Ibiza.
In 2017, With You and Friends embodied Otto’s strive to merge the enthusiasm of house music with the empathy of pop, and in 2018, he made it his ambition to always come up with something new that could take Otto Knows’ intimate fusion of modern club sound and cutting edge song writing to the next level. He is starting off 2019 strong with the release of his new track, One in a Million, via Universal Music, an intriguing deviation from his past releases. The track ventures into new territory with a fresh pop sound, an indication of a new era of music for Otto Knows.