Otherwise

Otherwise

BandHip HopEDM

We have been in Seattle's Hip Hop scene for almost 10 years. With 2 full releases, featuring Seattle vet's H Bomb and Ra Scion, the albums recieved great reviews across the state. Our music is positive, down tempo Hip Hop with a Jazz appeal.

Biography

Gradually created in the summer of 2005, Otherwise stems from the collaboration of two artists who have historically worked closely together on separate projects. Iisei and middleman (lower case by choice...not by lack of composition fundamentals) have been writing, producing, performing, and promoting music in the NorthWest scene for almost 10 years, with strong followings in Seattle and Bellingham, Washington. Their music influences and comparative sounds vary with each of their backgrounds.***Ian Flambures, OTHERWISE known as Iisei (pronounced eesay) grew up in a variety of surroundings including the greater Seattle and Portland surrounding areas, the East Bay area, and Belligham, Washington. These places had a strong influence on Iisei's love for Hip Hop Culture. Prior to meeting middleman, Iisei started performing at the age of 15; both singing with a local group "The Prisioners of Poetry", and becoming strongly involved in Jazz dance, and breakin. He also was heavily into acting, gaining roles in a variety of plays and movies. In 1995 Iisei relocated to Bellingham, WA and attended Western Washington University. It was there that he began focus on writing, and fine tuning his poetry and battle rhymes. Over the next few years, he gained a solid reputation as one of Western's premier Emcee's. In 1999, Iisei formed "The Paradyme" with emcee's Exile and Smoke Diggah. The Paradyme's originality was due to a variety of Hip Hop artists that inspired their diverse sound; with influences ranging from Blackalicious to Jay-Z. They entered the scene with a bang, opening for The Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, and Prince Paul at Westerns Hip Hop Festival on May 15th. The Paradyme then proceeded to do a variety of shows around the Northwest, which included opening for a variety of acts, such as; RaeKwon, Casual, Del, Ras Kass, and many others.***Sean Christensen, OTHERWISE known as middleman spent his early life in the Sacremento, CA area and eventually graduated high school in Mount Vernon, WA (20 minutes south of Bellingham). He became extremely involved in all aspects of Performing Arts; including acting, singing, musicianship, and writing. These talents eventually lead him to co-star in various independant films. He found his first mainstream success with the Alternative Pop group "5NY" in New York City,1996 - 1999. 5NY signed to BMG as a music group, but also achieved television success with a mini series about their lives. Their unexpected break up later on, lead Sean London where he collaborated with Clifford Gilberto (Ninja Tune) on his first hip-hop EP entitled "middleman". Sean then moved back to the Northwest to focus on audio production (film score and album production), and eventually lead to the creation of "homeskool productions" (once again preferring lower casing) in 1999. Homeskool doubled as a production studio, as well as a live outlet for performing. This 4 - 10 piece Jazz/Hip Hop group had a sound that was heavily influenced from icons like Thelonius Monk, The Roots, Miles, Coltrane and Digable Planets. They began playing a large amount of shows in Northwest, including performing w/ Clifford Gilberto (Ninja Tune) @ the Commodore Ballroom @ the 2001 Vancouver B.C. Jazz Festival.***In the winter of 2001, Iisei and middleman met at one of homeskool's weekly shows at The Factory, in Bellingham. They instantly clicked, and eventually formed the collaboration of homeskool productions and The Paradyme. This collaboration eventually lead to middleman joining The Paradyme full time in the fall of 2001, as their primary producer, and also as an emcee.***The Paradyme continued to perform and record in the Northwest for the next 2 years, and put out there solo, self titled album just before their break-up (due to differences in creativity and direction) in December of 2003.***In July of 2004, middleman joined forces with Iisei once again and produced the majority of tracks on Iisei's first solo album "Uncommon Ground". Released on January 28th of 2005, the creation of this CD is what ultimately lead to the eventual creation of OTHERWISE. ***As separate artists, Iisei and middleman have opened for acts such as; Slick Rick, Tha Liks, Sir Mix A Lot, Moby, Run DMC, NSync, and Snap. Together as a new group, OTHERWISE has shared the stage with a variety of Northwest acts, including; H-Bomb, Ra Scion, Below Average Productions, RocketOne, Clockwerk, Vitamin D, and DJ Top Spin.

Lyrics

Process of Progress

Written By: Otherwise

I used to write about what I got excited about
Taken forty’s down and passing the weed around
And then I’d see the frowns on the faces of those
Who started listening and started dissin all of my flows

They thought I was whack, I thought that I was tighter than that,
At least tight enough for them to laugh or give me some daps.
But not even that, they wasn’t even listen in
I finished rippin and they didn’t even mention the writ,

Incomprehensible the way that I was feeling at times
Nobody noticing the moment that I’m killing them rhymes
But I was still in the mind – state, to follow my faith
And destiny, to mentally, extend a pen until they mention me

Eventually I got better with my creations,
A fly demonstration, to center the conversation
Around the sound, I found to rock the town and hold it down
The one they used to clown, shares a crown with local underground

It was incredible, to be considered credibly legible
MC’s mentally, were plentifully edible
The way that I was feeling, when I first started feeling,
The feeling of catching a feeling, and feeling appealing

A feeling of fulfillment to feel the way that I did
All of a sudden catching loving for the way that I spit
I’ll never forget, the first time I really started rocking it,
Crowd jaw dropping it, and caught a compliment

The process of my progress is
stressful,
I wasn't born blessed and never
settled for less
Than the best of what I offered
the rest of them,
I never quit, I never gave up, or
gave in...

And now its kinda like I’m at the point in my life
Where I can explode every time I’m holding a mic
I’m old enough to write the verse that I was too immature
To write earlier in life with experience right
In front of my eyes, I’m busting rhymes and moving the crowd
Usually searching for the purpose heard in the sound
But now that I’m at the place that I was always trying to fit in
You probably think the journeys turned to a completed mission
But honestly the traveling of baffling and stifling
And babbling is still happening because I’m fighting
In the belly of the beast, to master my potential
To strike an instrumental with the fury of a sentinel
There’s trouble when you try to juggle heat with defeat
Cause honestly, the worst times in my life,
Ironically happen every single time that I write
I fight to battle myself, and there will be times that I lose
If I don’t beat myself mentally I’ll never improve
And I can’t even swallow the thought, cause the second
I’ve decided I’ve arrived, is the moment I’m lost

The process of my progress was stressful,
I wasn’t born blessed, but never settled for less
Than the best of what I offered the rest of them
I never quit; I never gave up, or gave in

The progress is the processed essential
You’re less than the best when you test potential
But less than the best is the best to be
Because the best will never be a better MC.

Nobody/Somebody

Written By: Otherwise-Iisei

Nobody’s on the couch watching TV
Rocking CD’s takin’ it easy and livin’ freely
Not a thought on his mind about working or getting a paycheck
He can wait until tomorrow cause Seinfeld is up next.
Disrespect to the roommates who pay nobody’s bills
But nobody feels like they idolize him for real
Cause he plans to rock hip hop outside the box
And make so much cream, he can buy platinum sweat socks
And then they’ll respect him with a thumbs up and hi-5
When Nobody drives by they’ll be like “there goes the guy
That worked harder than all of us and followed his dreams,
He must have disciplined himself inside his daily routine”

“Yeah, right…and Nobody thinks”

Yesterday was a lazy day, productively hollow.
But following today I’ll try to improve tomorrow.
And next week when we speak and you seek the truth
About nobody, I’ll be somebody.

These are the thoughts that go through Nobody’s mind
In the time it could have taken him to walk outside
And get into his friends ride and drive until he finds
A help wanted sign or even stay inside and write rhymes
But Nobody doesn’t feel like working, or creating a song
He’d rather wait until the morning comes and do it later on
Cause why work now? When he can chill and drink beer,
And forget writing a verse, he just wrote one last year.
A whole song in fact, with versus and hooks,
Nobody just needs a beat and he can get the crowd shook,
With a hit on the pop charts that’s guaranteed to blow
But he can’t afford to buy one, because he ain't got the dough.

They walk alike, talk alike dress alike act alike
Grab a mic alike, but they don’t slack alike
One is like the one that’ll make it in life
While the other is like all the others waisting their time

They walk alike, talk alike dress alike act alike
Grab a mic alike, but they don’t slack alike
One is like the one that’ll make it in life
While the other is like all the others waisting their time

Somebody’s the guy that’s working a nine to five
And on his off time he writes rhymes from five to nine
Nevermind the women, he ain’t got time for social
He hides behind books of rhymes and remains hopeful

Of a record contract, so somebody can be
Somebody that eventually everybody will pay to see
He’d hate to be the wanna be who never lived his fantasy
That’s not the man to be that’s the epitome of lazy

It’s crazy, somebody hasn’t had ass in years
But instead of trying to socialize his laughter and tears
He puts them in his books with hooks and catchy phrases
While other cats get faded and brag how there gonna make it

He’s gonna try and take it through focus and dedication
Cause “hocus pocus here it is” is bogus information,
Motivation is the key to really living your dreams
And that’s something that a somebody has to believe

They walk alike, talk alike dress alike act alike
Grab a mic alike, but they don’t slack alike
One is like the one that’ll make it in life
While the other is like all the others waisting their time

Nowadays you can find nobody on the corner of the street
Begging for change so nobody can buy something to eat,
A cardboard sign held high, that shamefully admits
The painful slip of the grip he once had on his life,

But than somebody walks by, and nobody notices him
And approaches with respect with a paper and pen,
Asks for an autograph, and explains his situation,
He was an MC too; he just never really made it.

And somebody sees the look of despair in his eyes,
And decides he’s going to do something for this hard working guy,
Gives him a phone number, and tells nobody to call it tonight,
Don’t forget, don’t be late, and he’ll give you a try.

And nobody gets excited, he’s gonna be a star,
This calls for a celebration, so he runs for the bar,
And takes shots until he passes out on the pavement,
And never calls the phone number that somebody gave him

They walk alike, talk alike dress alike act alike
Grab a mic alike, but they don’t slack alike
One is like the one that’ll make it in life
While the other is like all the others waisting their time

They walk alike, talk alike dress alike act alike
Grab a mic alike, but they don’t slack alike
One is like the one that’ll make it in life
While the other is like all the others waisting their time

Yesterday was a lazy day, productively hollow.
But following today I’ll try to improve tomorrow.
And next week when we speak and you seek the truth
About nobody, I’ll be somebody.

Discography

The Paradyme self titled E.P. released 7/03
The Paradyme self titled LP released 11/03
Iisei "Uncommon Ground" LP released 1/05
Otherwise LP, to be released 2007

Note: Iisei - Uncommon Ground: Songs "Process of Progress" and "What I need" are both singles recieving college radio airplay nationwide.

Set List

30 minutes to 1hr, all original songs.