Otto de Jong (1986) is a drummer, producer & teacher from Utrecht, The Netherlands. He got his Bachelor Drums at the ArtEZ conservatory in Zwolle (2008) and his Master Music Design at the HKU in Utrecht (2017). After his institutional studies he started studying tabla with Heiko Dijker and Imran Khan (IND) in 2018.
In the past 15 years he’s been playing a variety of genres, performing all over the country and abroad. Touring brought him to Germany, France, UK, US, Canada & India.
In the early days he would mainly perform with (indie) rock bands, singer-songwriters and at occasional jazz jamsessions. Throughout the years he expanded his career adding semi-electronic music, alt-country, world music, tribute bands and even free improvised music to his portfolio.
Otto is founder of Jaipur Junction, co-founder of Ode to the Quiet, a member of Litzberg, won an Edison Award with Lorrainville and played at Glastonbury with Amber Arcades.
In his teens he started teaching drums and is currently an associate of De Utrechtse Muziekschool with more than 30 students in his practice. As an external teacher he often works for primary schools, high schools and colleges.
He has his own studio for tracking drums remotely, music production and online lessons. A work in constant progress...
In early 2022 Otto will accompany Anneke van Giersbergen on a tour, performing Kate Bush songs in over 45 theaters throughout The Netherlands.
Otto proudly plays Meinl cymbals since 2021.
photo by: Lisanne Lentink.