Brooklyn based trombonist, arranger, composer, beatboxer and toy instrumentalist Chris Ott has performed with Ricky Martin, Allen Stone, Umphrey's McGee, O.A.R. and has toured the world performing original music with his group Huntertones. If you're looking for horns for your next track or album, no matter the style, look no further!
Hi, my name is Chris Ott and I am a freelance musician in NYC. Over the past eight years I've been performing, arranging, and recording horns for pop, jazz, funk, rock, and multi-genre artists. I have an extensive network of horn players in the NYC area and can put together the ultimate horn section for your next track or album including trombone, trumpet, alto/tenor/bari sax, and sousaphone.
As an arranger I've been honing my skills over the past 15 years and have written over 200 arrangements for horn sections, brass bands, big bands, marching bands, and pop cover bands. Recently I've been producing some tracks for Carnival Cruise Lines, creating backing tracks derived from some of the epic medleys I've written for my brass band side project, the Shag Horns.
My composition work can be heard mostly via the band Huntertones, an original jazz/funk instrumental project I co-founded in 2014. Since moving to NYC we've recorded 4 full length albums and have performed in over 25 countries. My compositions with Huntertones have been featured on NPR's morning edition and have also garnered awards from ASCAP.
Besides trombone, I specialize in beatboxing, conch shells, toy trumpets, whistling, and a host of other toy instruments. If you are looking for some unique sounds, let me know!
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
8 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Chris Ott
He makes some killer stuff. Would be more than happy to work with him again.
it's always a great pleasure to collaborate with Chris Ott. He is a very great professional.
Chris is very professional, a pleasure to work with, and the end result was exactly what I hoped for!
Chris has an impeccable ear when it comes to an arrangement of any style. He is extremely versatile and able to understand exactly what you need on any project.
Chris were the right men for me. He did a GREAT job for me. I hope to work again with him in the future. Régis
Wow! Working with Chris was such a pleasure. He's an incredible trombone player with a great tone and on top of that, he showed an astounding ability to adapt to the very specific sound I was after. I had high expectations and he just surpassed them by far. I couldn't be happier with the tracks he sent me and thanks to him, the song got a whole lot better. It would be an honor to work with him again. Did I mention that he's a great guy and super communicative, too? Thanks Chris!
Chris is an exceptionally talented player as well as composer! He absolutely delivered on what I wanted, while also remaining extremely communicative throughout the whole process!
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Chris was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish! He’s a fanatic communicator and made the process incredibly smooth. Undeniably a true professional
Interview with Chris Ott
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being creative on a daily basis and exploring new sounds and styles. There is nothing more exciting than hearing a creative project come together, I really enjoy working with other artists and creating something new and fresh!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied Music Education and Jazz Studies at Ohio State, and Jazz Performance at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music for grad school. After school I moved to Brooklyn, NY with some fellow bandmates. Since moving to NYC five years ago I've had the opportunity to tour the world and work with some of the top musicians in the industry. I've spent a lot of time in the recording studio and have been developing my skills recording at home in recent years...learning that you don't have to be in an expensive studio to get high quality sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music from pop, rock, to classic R&B and soul. Whether its high energy funk or a chill ballad, I really enjoy adapting horn parts to the personality of the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My approach to writing horn parts is to find the sweet spot that will serve the song the most. I want the horns to have a memorable and effective roll in the song, but not overstep or interfere with the focal point. Some songs have a lot of room for flashy horn writing while others might only need a few simple passages to get the point across. When I'm presented with a song I listen to it many times to figure out what it needs and how the horns can enhance the track. I take pride in my ability to add something melodic and catchy that will take your song to the next level!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After a client sends me a song I'll write the horn parts and make a midi demo of them. Once it's approved I'll record trombone parts in my home studio, and bounce off tracks for my other horn players to record to. Once they are all completed I'll clean up and edit the parts, do some light mixing and bounce the stems back to the client to slide into their mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio setup, suitable to record single instruments. I use Genelec Monitors, RME Babyface interface, Logic X, and a Shure SM7 as my main horn mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very inspired by Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Prince, Stevie Wonder, as well as Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Jacob Collier, Louis Cole, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, and many others!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, I create and record horn parts for my clients. This could be just trombone, or also include a full section of trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, and bari sax (musicians I would contract to record from their home studios)