Othon Mataragas

Biography

Othon’s sonic universe is populated by transcending pianos, melancholy strings & ethnic instruments, sometimes occupying their own space, others mixed together and playing in tandem.

With driven emotional force, often accentuated by grounding Earthy beats, his music aims to connect us both with our external environment and the depths of our Selves. On the dancefloor, Othon’s genre-bending and soul-expansive DJ sets have quickly made his party night ‘Papa Loko’ one of London’s most unique and sought-after underground techno nights.

In 2012, Othon experienced a deep spiritual epiphany, after attending his first series of psychoactive plant-medicine ceremonies in Brazil. This was to change both his perception on life and his understanding on music. Though he had composed and performed music previously, Othon has wished to highlight the distinction from the work he created prior and after 2012, the year which he now considers as his true starting point. ‘Pineal’ (2014) was released by UK indie label Cherry Red Records/SFE and forms both a link to the past (with the album’s Part 1) and a new post-2012 beginning (Part 2). It features performances by past collaborators Marc Almond (Soft Cell) and Ernesto Tomasini together with amazonian shamans Don Javier Shahuano & Jessica Ramirez Seopa and multi-instrumentalist Bird Radio. Pineal, which includes original artwork by Predrag Pajdic, received several glowing reviews and a full page article in The Guardian Guide.

His  second album ‘Kodama’, completed in winter 2017, is promised to be released exclusively (initially at least) to the supporters of his successful fundraising campaign that has allowed him to start working without delay on his third album ‘The God Within’, expected to be released late in 2018. With these two albums Othon completely abandons his past and dives deeper into the depths of his soul and sound re-connecting with his much loved instrument, the piano. Mystical British artist Dan Hillier, whose work Othon deeply admires, is working on the artwork for both projects.

Othon has been performing both as a composer/pianist and a DJ in the UK and abroad. Most notably, in March 2017, he performed at London’s Tate Modern, invited by German artist and Tuner Prize Winner Wolfgang Tillmans and featuring Tillmans as his special guest. As a DJ he has been playing at Sabajaq (Egg London), Kaos (Electrowerkz) and other parties while his debut DJ performance was at the World Ayahuasca Conference after-party in Ibiza.

In 2015 Othon did a ‘Victorian Psychedelia’ soundtrack for the decadent book by Huysmans ‘A Rebours’, called ‘Against Nature’  together with Marc Almond and poet Jeremy Reed while, at the same time, launched both his DJ career and his quarterly/bimonthly techno night ‘Papa Loko’ . More than just a party, the latter forms the manifestation of Othon’s deepest spiritual values. With a clear intention to keep its vibe authentic and untouched by commercialism often attached to big industry-name DJs, Papa Loko has become a unique night that brings the best of upcoming musical talent together with life-affirming spiritual concepts, creating a vibrant community that is both extremely diverse and unified.

Though Othon has retained his name throughout his career, his work prior to 2012 is not in alignment with his artistic and spiritual principles acquired since and, for that reason, projects before then are not mentioned here. However, Othon is extremely grateful to have collaborated with artists he greatly admires to this day, including Current 93 and their frontman David Tibet, the late Peter Christopherson (co-founder of Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Psychic TV), fashion designer Nasir Mazhar, film director Bruce LaBruce and artists Ron Athey, Franko B & Hector de Gregorio.