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 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. 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 2022 and 2023, Performing renditions of Kate Bush songs in theaters throughout The Netherlands.
In 2022 he started playing drums for Catching Cultures Orchestra. A brassband from Utrecht completed with musicians and instruments from non-Western countries. In 2023 he became the business director of this project too.
Otto proudly plays Meinl cymbals since 2021 and owns a beautiful handcrafted snaredrum bij BW drums since 2022.