Basked in originality and drenched in progressive creativity through a soulful sensuality on steroids comes Otis McDonald with his future classic titled ‘Body, Mind and Soul’. While harking back to the giants of Soul and R n’ B via his own musical genius, Otis gives one of those feel-good thumpers for the summer at a date that makes you wish summer was another 6 months longer. Otis manages to keep the groove in the pocket while cutting loose in a way only a true aficionado of the genre can, and that is what makes this genuine and not a knock off like we are all too used to these days. Otis McDonald is the real thing.
For those aspiring musicians out there, here is yet another reason to show Otis some respect; His music got its global start on Youtube. Read this interesting article on how he made his career through royalty-free music via Youtube HERE.
About Otis McDonald
He’s your favorite musician and yet you don’t know his name – his music has been heard by billions; his videos seen by millions. He has thrown the rule book of accessing music out of the window, allowing people around the world to not only access it for free but to use it in any way they see fit. His new single is Body, Mind, and Soul and looks set to continue his musical revolution. He’s the Pharaoh of Funk and the Sultan of Retro Electro – he’s Otis McDonald and he’s pleased to meet you.
The first release from his album People Music, due in October, ‘Body, Mind, and Soul’ is also the premiere release from Tracktribe, an initiative which promises to revolutionize access to music and offer opportunities to more musicians than ever before. Body, Mind, and Soul were chosen by the 51,000 subscribers to Otis’ YouTube channel to be one of the ten tracks to feature on his album, selected from a 15-strong shortlist.
Located in San Francisco, Otis McDonald (the performing name of Joe Bagale – an homage to both Shuggie Otis and Michael McDonald) is producer, engineer, drummer, singer, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist extraordinaire. In 2015, Bagale put out 30 tracks for free, under the name Otis McDonald. Released as copyright free music, exclusively through the YouTube audio library, these tracks have been downloaded over 5 million times, streamed over 10 million times and already have appeared in millions of YouTube creators’ videos. Turning the accepted system of releasing music on its head, his willingness to share his music with the world has turned his music into one of the phenomena of the internet.
With a sound that is fresh but tangibly rooted in nostalgia, there is a heavy dose of the psychedelic soul of Shuggie Otis and a healthy slug of Michael McDonald – just in case you wondered how Joe came up with his stage name. At any given moment this gives way to the funk of the 70s…or perhaps it’s the dayglo pop radio of the ’80s or the boom-bap beats of the 90s. Whatever it means to you, Otis McDonald is the sound of an artist who manifests a lesson in versatility and growing perspective.