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The art of professional degenerate Dr. Otep Shamaya, Esq.


"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
- Robert Fripp

We stand on the edge of national metamorphosis armed with hope and lengthy dreams, and the desire to leave the mistakes of the past far, far behind us.  Some wake to a blessed plague of amnesia hoping never to recover the damage that was done. Some keep marching forward feeling the heavy ache of everything they wish to change about themselves and our nation dragging behind them like a long, prolonged shadow. And still others shine above the sun, sparkling like raging cosmonauts, propelled by the strength and power of their pathological optimism.

I tend to slingshot between all 3 of these distinct planets with unruly fortitude. This is where art comes in. It helps me deal with my compulsive randomness, and allows me to abate life's repressions while exploring all possibilities of transformation and growth.

And for this, I am eternally grateful.

When I first began thinking of putting a band together it was out of sheer panic. I was almost homeless, jobless, a sadistic scribbler, my life had no direction, and I was headed negative north with a bullet. To top it off, the energies that had fed my hungry soul through illustration and poetry had all but dried up. I knew, without the magic of creativity, I would surely be lost. And then I rediscovered a band, The Velvet Underground, and was transformed. They were painting pictures on silence. They were writing poetry with sound. Then it hit me.  Whatever I could create in prose, whatever I could lay down on paper in the form of a sketch or rambling tirade would come alive if shaped and remodeled into something hallowed, into song.

Madness? Sure. But I am one of those insatiable heretics that still perceive art as sacred. For me, making music is not recreational. It is a powerful spiritual experience that permeates every atom of my being. Each note that we write, every syllable that slips from my lips, every riff change, bridge, intro, outro, chorus, and interlude is as important to me as transcribing sacred verses was to the prophets of old. Through song, I am attempting to speak with forgotten gods and heroes, to uncover the great mysteries of existence, to seduce a lover, slay a tyrant, write a wrong, or to unravel the hidden places of my being. In doing so, I can explore all of the spiritual, philosophical, sexual, and intellectual freedom that I secretly hunger for.

This is why plankton like Britney, Lindsey, and the rest of the Slack Pack sicken me.  Granted, collectively, they have sold more records worldwide than the number of Mormons in Utah, but that does little to sway my opinion of these swine or their music. These prefabricated plastic mammoths of industry (& their handlers) have learned the Lemming song and know just how to change it so it appears somewhat different on every lazy album that dribbles from their noses.

But I digress.

Music is the fluid in the spine of imagination. Its origin predates written history. Some believe the first songs were imitations of nature. Crude flutes and other wind instruments have been discovered at paleolithic dig sites. The earliest written records of musical expression have been found in India, China, and Mesopotamia. For me, music is the secret language of the soul. It transcends time. Empires may fall, but their art persists. Music is the grand uniter. People from all varieties of background, socioeconomic status, religion, race, sexual orientation can find solidarity in one piece of music. Throughout history, music has been used to strike the emotional chords needed to propagate revolutions, to celebrate victories, commemorate tragedies, motivate, seduce, destroy, and invigorate.

It seems, as a species, we have always needed music.

Many ask me for advice on how to write, how to start a band, how to kill the demon of writers block. I think the simplest and most powerful method is to begin a foundation of immovable principles. One of my literary heros, Charles Bukowski, wrote:

"if you're doing it for the money or fame, don't do it. if you're doing it because you want women in your bed, don't do it....when it is truly time, and if you have been chosen, it will do it by itself and it will keep doing it until you die or it dies in you. there is no other way. and there never was."



Otep Shamaya
United States
Me, me, meme: a cunning linguist with a gold leaf halo of high hubris. Word junkie, mental pugilist, proactive reactionary - seeking spiritual intercourse & cerebral nutrition in the secret arts of this and/or that.

"Following in the footsteps of outspoken musicians from folk singer Woody Guthrie to Rage Against The Machine's Zach de la Rocha, Otep Shamaya has positioned herself as one of music's catalysts for social change." — Revolver Magazine

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MischiArt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*pumps fist*
DemonSixx Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love you c:
aupre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Digital Artist
we just don't get it
seannethecloud Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear you get your idea's for your artwork and music from your dreams ( I think this is the right Otep.. I hope so haha) I do the same. I have weird ,creepy dreams and every morning I would rather starve from not having breakfast and draw my dream's out. You see I want to be a comic book artist and concept artist but yeah.. I have some fucked up dreams dude! Thank you for reading my comment :)
anthonycrowley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Greetings from England :) AC x
Eyecandy4me Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Just wanted to leave a message saying you're a huge inspiration to me and most likely many more! Even though hearing about you breaking up saddens me quite a lot, I understand the situation, and hope to see you come back in the future some day to write more music and whatnot! 

If not then I hope you make the best of what ever else you choose to do!

Take care!

UsagiTsukino1234 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
saw you in Ohio last month at Alrosa Villa. I literally cried when you started singing Eet the Children
lauritzenArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you have such a great style!
allisonlesch Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of your art Otep, regardless of what form. Thank you for being you and sharing your talents with us!
ThatOneArtistGirl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey. I'd just like to say thankyou for doing what you do. You have no idea how much you have helped me.
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