Otto Hauser blows my mind. He makes the drums such a textural thing.
Such a gifted musician in an ever changing world.
Let me say Otto Hauser is incredible. He’s the most musical drummer I’ve ever played with—his ideas are amazing. Sometimes he’d play a back beat; he’d sit and listen to the song. Then he’d play kick and snare, but then he’d add a shaker, a tambourine—he’d have it all mapped out in his head. He’s the most sensitive player, I’ve ever played with—his sounds, ideas and attitude were incredible.
Adam MacDougall (The Black Crowes)
FARMER DAVE’S TOP 21 FOR 2007
1. Otto Hauser (musician) and Brandy Flower (visual artist)
Two really great men who’ve never met, but were my 2007 favorites for the same reasons; they are really talented and humble, and they both travel where they’re needed and just lay it down, making them pillars of their respective communities.
"Farmer" Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks; All Night Radio), Arthur Magazine, January 2008
Otto Hauser is a brilliant percussionist
Grayson Haver Currin, pitchfork.com, May 8, 2014
Drummer (and occasional pianist) Otto Hauser… might look like a pretty surfer dude, but he means business — jazz business. From the impeccable brushwork in the opening “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” (a Bobby Charles cover) to his relaxed, assured shuffle in “You Make Me Blue,” Hauser elevated Cabic’s… pieces.
Gustavo Turner, Boston Phoenix, August 2, 2008
Instead of Brit acolytes like Bernard Butler and Johnny Marr, for this latest album Bert Jansch collaborates with American nu-folk stars such as Devendra Banhart and Otto Hauser, the brilliant drummer of Espers and Vetiver… Hauser is a towering presence on the band tracks, laying delicate, detailed rhythms behind Jansch's guitar and the lead lines of Kevin Barker, Paul Wassif and David Roback.
Andy Gill, The Independent, September 22, 2006
While the bathrooms in Club Helsinki, with mysterious black holes in the concrete and plaster reliefs of human bodies imbedded into the wall, are decidedly Lynchian, the tones that opener Otto Hauser (Vetiver drummer and Hudson resident) created with his semi-hollow-body guitar recalled Jim Jarmusch. Like Neil Young’s soundtrack for Dead Man, Hauser shook the small stage and barroom of Helsinki with feedback and distorted drones. Punctuating the white noise, simple chord progressions and melodic figures briefly grounded the arrangements until a searing lick of feedback burned like the cherry at the end of a cigarette and left only smoke.
Raurri Jennings, Metroland, August 2, 2012