CHICAGO, IL – VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP.
OTEP’s all encompassing musical approach coupled with her shaman like artistic qualities and other creative musings have lead to over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums.
Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band’s music as …”a total and complete mutiny on the senses.
We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock.
And without a doubt, Shamaya is the leader and main creative force in her band. I think that’s one of the things that may surprise a lot of people, but I really enjoy collaborating with other artists and other writers.But Shamaya said she’s not necessarily a go-it-alone control freak, as some might assume. I want to be challenged and I want to be inspired and I want to do the same for them.”That Shamaya even got to go through that experience with Benson would have seemed unlikely just a couple of years ago.A case in point is the latest Otep album, “Generation Doom,” where Shamaya found a collaborator who was confident and strong willed enough to challenge her -- producer Howard Benson. Retirement In January 2013, as Otep released its sixth album, “Hydra,” Shamaya announced it would be the band’s album and she was retiring from music.Following the media fallout from the incident this past March in which Otep Shamaya was groped by a member of the band Terror Universal, Metal Sucks has become something of an outlet for the singer.She appeared on our podcast shortly thereafter and gave one of the most candid, honest and intriguing interviews we’ve run to date, and now her people have reached out to us again with an exclusive statement regarding another assault incident at Otep’s June 7th show at Take 20 in Belvedere, Illinois.
“He could have let it go, like any other (producer) would do. It didn’t have the same magic for me that it had before.