Brazilian singer and songwriter Otto Maximiliano Pereira de Cordeiro Ferreira was born in Belo Jardim, Pernambuco. He grew up listening to cirandas, maracatus and other typical regional folk beats, as well as musicians like Jackson do Pandeiro and Luiz Gonzaga. In addition to all this Brazilian musical background, the musician never stopped following what seemed to him the most remarkable in international terms, attuned to the most important happenings in pop, rock and more recently in electronic music.
This mixture resulted in the work that Otto did in his career: a combination of electronic music and regional music, drum'n'bass and macumba, rap and forró. The artist's history is full of interesting and musically enriching experiences: he spent two years in France, where he went with only 150 dollars in his pocket, playing percussion in the Paris metro. Back in Brazil he met Chico Science and Fred 04, precursors and great names of the Mangue Beat Movement. He played for a while with Nação Zumbi, the band of the late Chico Science, but the sound of Mundo Livre S.A. it was closer than Otto wanted to reach.
With Mundo Livre S.A., he recorded his first two albums, Guentando a Ôia and Samba Esquema Noise. Filled with daring and experimental ideas, Otto left Mundo Livre S.A. and began his solo career, releasing Samba pra Burro, an album that was considered by the APCA (Paulista Association of Art Critics) the best of 1998.
At the end of 2001, the singer released his second and long-awaited work, Condom Black, with guest appearances by artists such as Chorão (Charlie Brown Jr.) and Luciana Mello, with a slightly less electronic sound and drumming from terreiro and percussion. quite strong. In 2003, the third album, Sem Gravidade, was released, with an emphasis on the track “Amarelo Manga”.
Otto's first DVD, MTV Apresenta, was released in 2005, a retrospective of his solo career. In 2009, he released the highly acclaimed Certa Manhã Acordei de Sonhos Intranquilos, an album with collaborations from Céu, Lirinha (Cordel do Fogo Encantado), Jorge dü Peixe (Nação Zumbi), Julieta Venegas and Bebel Gilberto.