Although groundbreaking activist, art-rock performer, author and spoken word artist Otep Shamaya has been awarded for bringing awareness to political injustices, women’s rights, and animal rights, some of her greatest strides for equality have been made in her fight for increased LGBTQ+ rights. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, Shamaya is thrilled to announce that she will officially take over the HER Instagram account “Stories” on Thursday, March 22.
HER is the largest community for lesbian, bisexual and queer people worldwide. Make sure to follow the HER Instagram account @hersocialapp and check out their “Stories” all day for an insider’s look at what’s happening with all things OTEP. To learn more about the HER app, visit www.weareher.com.
Otep Shamaya says, “Not too long ago, we had to camouflage our authentic selves. We had to hide the most beautiful parts: who we loved, who we wanted, who we were. But with our untethered devotion and companies like HER, we can now live out loud! And that’s why this takeover is so important to me. It’s an opportunity to reach so many strangers who know nothing about each other but share a common struggle, a common history, and a mutual future of equality that we will create. This takeover is going to be a lot of fun and elucidating. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. See you soon!”
Shamaya recently hinted at the release of her upcoming eighth full-length OTEP album, scheduled to release later this year via Napalm Records. The album will exhibit not only OTEP‘s proven musical talents, but will also explore topics Shamaya and the band feel adamant about, relating to activism and social education. The album promises to be a politically-charged force of expression, following in the footsteps of activism-focused recording artists like Rage Against the Machine, Woodie Guthrie and others. This is OTEPlike you’ve never heard them before.
OTEP‘s upcoming album was recorded at The Lair in Los Angeles, completely utilizing the same equipment used on their first album, Sevas Tra (down to her original vocal microphone, a SHURE Beta 58), in order to create a sound reminiscent of their roots. The Lair is also where OTEP recorded Smash The Control Machine, the band’s fourth release. Shamaya has gone on record saying the band’s upcoming eighth album is undoubtedly the band’s most authentic and honest, and regarding the lyrics, “No one is safe, no one escapes”.
This new album will follow OTEP‘s previous full-length, Generation Doom, released via Napalm Records in 2016. The critically acclaimed album debuted at #10 on the Independent Chart, #7 on the Rock Chart, #4 on the Hard Rock Chart and #109 on the Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
OTEP recently announced that the band will perform on this summer’s Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on Friday, July 13! The 25th annual Rock Fest will take place from July 12-14, 2018 on the Rock Fest grounds and will be hosted by radio personality Lou Brutus. Disturbed, Incubus and Godsmack are slated to headline the festival, with additional performances confirmed from Rise Against, Halestorm, Seether, Black Label Society, Bush and many others. Rock Fest tickets, camping and pit passes are on sale now at http://bit.ly/RockFest2018. For additional information and a complete line-up list, visit www.rock-fest.com.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding OTEP‘s new album, in addition to more 2018 touring plans.
OTEP is an explosion of inspiration and motivation, empowered by their dedication to the arts, being a voice for the voiceless and fighting injustice. OTEP follows in the footsteps of fellow activism-focused recording artists like Prophets of Rage, Woodie Guthrie and others as the next, most aggressive chapter of musical social change.
Originally discovered by Jack and Sharon Osbourne in Los Angeles, OTEP was offered to play Ozzfest as an unsigned band and was the first female fronted band to play the touring festival. Nominated by GLAAD for Outstanding Artist Award alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, she won MTV’s prestigious Best Video for “Music With A Message” award. The singer, writer and activist spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 on behalf of Rock The Vote. A celebrated spoken word artist, OTEP has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry twice, recorded an unreleased poetry album and authored three books of poetry. She has also authored a book of short stories titled Movies In My Head and produced and directed an audiobook of one of the stories titled Pinebox Jake. Utilizing her incredibly dynamic vocal range, OTEP also succeeds as a voiceover artist, appearing in many projects such as the award-winning video game The Last Of Us and in feature films including THE HOBBIT: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
Formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse, OTEP is far more than a band. OTEPis an art movement, a revolution; breaking ground. Breaking rules. Breaking barriers. Articulate. Aggressive. Pure Adrenaline. ARTcore of Heavy Mental Rock.