It happens that I'm fortunate enough to know a great many talented people. But there is only one among them I believe to be a true genius.
That genius is Othon.
What marks Othon out as a genius, however, are not these accolades but way that he so effortlessly eschewed them to pursue his own idea of beauty and perfection.
That's not to suggest Othon doesn't work hard. To see the wisdom and dedication he pours into his craft is truly a thing to behold. But those efforts follow Othon's very own guiding light, and the illumination he creates along the way is remarkable.
I've seen Othon play many times: at his home, his college, on the international stage, even in boxing gloves. To have had him create the score for The Tale of Brin & Bent and Minno Marylebone was like having a bedtime story read to me by a favoured guardian. It soothed me to know I was in his hands.
Othon is one of the great loves of my life. Not in a romantic way, but in the way he has touched my heart: with his magic, his adolescent man-boy beauty, his humility, his endless depth. If you don't have them, then go out and buy his albums. If you're unfamiliar with PAN muzik, then lie back and listen to his astonishing array of tracks: the opulently marvellous When I Leave You, the vast skies of Mystery Star Dance, the utterly heartrending Tonight featuring Marc Almond (perhaps my favourite from the album Digital Angel)....
So much beauty.
Open your mind. And I give into it... Othon.
His website, his Soundcloud... and here with his muse Ernesto Tomasini, singing the title track from Othon's second album, Impermanence.