Otan Vargas' appeal is found in his gravelly vocals backed by brooding acoustic strums, a powerfully simplistic combination supporting candid lyrics.
Otan Vargas (Born on October 4, 1984 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino who moved to New York in 2006. He is proud to say that he was born and raised in Tondo, known to be the poorest place in Manila--"A Place" that emphatically influenced his music.
He started his solo acoustic career in 2006. His honest music captivated fans from all over the world, giving testimonials of how its melancholy touched them beautifully.
Otan’s honesty is what has captivated so many of his devoted fans through recent successes such as the 2013 EP, ‘Selected Sorrow.’ The EP contained “Hollow Destination” an aching, lost-soul song featured in the documentary film, Battlefield of the Mind. Produced by Fran Strine (Pantera, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether) the documentary offered a soundtrack including artists such as Mike Mushok of Staind, Pete Murray of Lo Pro, and many more. Vargas traveled from his New York residence to perform at the Los Angeles Battlefield of the Mind Live Event, sharing the stage with David Ellefson of Megadeth, Troy McLawhorn of Evanescence, Sal G of Staind, Eye Empire, and Lo Pro at the legendary venue Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CAOther success has included Vargas’ 2011 performance alongside Aaron Lewis, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Tesla, and Lo-Pro at the It Takes A Community benefit show.
This Filipino born artist received due recognition in 2009 when Staind frontman, Aaron Lewis, discovered Vargas on YouTube covering one of his songs. Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at The Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casinos to perform Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” his rendition eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.
Shortly after, Otan Vargas released his full length debut album, ‘Alone,’ in which “Vargas sings about enduring suffering, battling the voices within, and trying to find a constant peace for his soul” ~ The Silver Tongue, Dec. 2009. written by Myriah Christine
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