Tondo, Manila is a place where people struggle on a daily basis. It is well known as one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. Born and raised here, singer/songwriter Otan Vargas spent his formative years surrounded mostly by poverty and despair. It is this humble background which helps motivate him to this very day. Vargas’ music is a powerfully simplistic combination of soul-stirring and dynamic vocals accompanied by a dark and earthy acoustic guitar.
He writes songs about man’s struggle, sorrow and pain and finding the strength to continue on. What started out simply as a means of personal therapy for himself has transformed into an inspirational beacon for adoring fans worldwide.
He has shared the stage with famous artists like members of the band Staind, Slipknot/Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, Tesla, Megadeth and many more. He also performed at prestigious Music Venues in the United States like The Whisky A Go-Go in West, Hollywood, CA. The Bitter End and Gramercy Theater in New York City. The Grand Theater in Foxwoods Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, MGM Casino, House of Blues and Hard Rock Café across the country and many more He has performed in front of thousands of people numerous times, accomplishing all these equipped only with his acoustic guitar and his voice.
It’s been a long, unexpected journey, but all these experiences have developed Otan into a well-respected musician in the rock world and beyond. His story reminds us that if you dream something, no matter who you are or were you came from, it can come true if you work hard and your intentions are pure. - Gravel Entertainment