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 all over the Benelux, 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 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.
As a teenager he started teaching drums and is currently an associate of De Utrechtse Muziekschool (DUMS) with more than 30 students in his practice. He also works as a project manager for the music school. As an external teacher he often works for primary schools, high schools and colleges, including Herman Brood Academie (Utrecht) and Rock City Institute (Eindhoven).
He has his own studio for tracking drums remotely and music production. A work in constant progress...
Otto toured with the Anneke van Giersbergen in early 2022, Performing renditions of Kate Bush songs in theaters throughout The Netherlands. There will be a reprise in early 2023.
From 2022 will be the drummer for Catching Cultures Orchestra. A brassband completed with musicians and instruments from non-Western countries.
Otto proudly plays Meinl cymbals since 2021.