Having worked with the likes of Denzel Himself, Suzi Wu and Huxlxy, Otto Hashmi’s self-titled EP firmly establishes him as an inimitably innovative and singular artist in his own right. With the EP out now we caught up with the London musician to talk Portishead, his fave dish to cook and that viral Tiktok big baby.

Across the six tracks, Hashmi demonstrates his prowess for crafting intricately textured and varied soundscapes that fuse elements of UK hip-hop, drill, and ambient electronica topped off with Hashmi’s smooth flow and signature recorder intonations. Stand out track ‘New Lands’ sees Bollywood strings soar atop drill beats, lo-fi grooves and warped, woozy melodies that flow into the graceful, emotive opening piano refrain of ‘Antiquate’; and each track on the release offers this rich, flowing sonic multiplicity. This eclectic fusion of sounds that Hashmi crafts is both a testament to his distinct creative talent and a striking tribute to the diversity of London and the wealth of inspiration he draws from his home city.

Get to know Otto Hashmi In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Venturing somewhere new.

Last photo on your phone…

Photoshop of that big baby from TikTok driving a car.

Favourite instagram account…

@tonyzaret and @heatherboydcomics

The best venue I’ve played…

Not for my own music but as a session musician, ‘Von Krahl Theatre’ in Tallinn. Went on a night out post-gig with a bunch of randoms including the sound tech and an Estonian radio presenter.

Earliest song you remember…

Elysium’ by Portishead.

The worst job I’ve ever had…

It’s always gonna be cleaning up vomit.

The thing I most love to cook is…

Vegan Pad Kee Mao.

My Favourite word…

Antiquate.

A book I love…

Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects and Practice’ by Vincent Persichetti.

Things that cheer me up…

808s. Just Intonation. That video of the big baby from TikTok.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Something for BOILERROOM.TV

I think you should listen to… 

In Praise of Blandness (Chapter IX)’ by Chrys Cole.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Xasthur.

‘Otto Hashmi’ is out now.

Photo credit: Johnny Stanley