Grew up in a former boarding house near a mixed forest in the East Westphalian province. At some point he dived unchecked into the urban parallel world. If you think of this as music, then that's about OTTOLIEN.
"Zwei Sekunden Pause" (2021) and "Gezeitenland" (2022) are the names of the two EPs that the brothers in the last two years catapulted directly into the German-speaking indie scene. have. Numerous festival shows, support shows for Trille, Paul Weber and 2ersitz and a home game at the packed Musikzentrum Hannover: OTTOLIEN are on the map and want want more. More attitude, more feeling, away from genre boundaries.
OTTOLIEN are the brothers Leo and Jonas. One is a producer, rapper and beat tinkerer and the other a cerebral songwriter with acoustic guitar. In their lyrics, double-rhyme structures meet a visual language that stops at no pop-cultural reference. From hymns to "mermaid*men" to the unspoken love between "Franka & Laurien" to "Querfeldein".
OTTOLIEN write songs with hidden backdoors. If you listen closely, you will find lyrical or musical Easter Eggs behind them. All have their place there: mermaid*men, Dr. Bibber or the Federal President. Melodies nestle up to them, which you want to roar along in the car alone until you start to howl.
When you see the two OTTOLIEN brothers live, so much love jumps into your face that you suddenly feel part of the family. If this family had a musical family tree, its branches would carry the Toten Hosen, Maeckes and Wir sind Helden. OTTOLIEN is the last name.
In 2023 OTTOLIEN will release their debut album. The first singles like "Gegenüberliegen" and "Toskana" already make clear: The melodies will be bigger, the lines even more playful and you can recognize more and more clearly what makes OTTOLIEN: Leo and Jonas.