Born on an island, raised on a mountain. Rhymes with “how to”.
Aotu means rugged or rough in Mandarin Chinese—a word well-suited to describe the winding alpine trails of rural Vermont where this journey began. His style twists inspirations from both the cruel, raw, wondrous organic order of the natural world that surrounded him during his upbringing, and the stark, austere forms of the inner city. His sound is cinematic and precise, playful yet painstaking.
Aotu handles every aspect of his creative direction. His unique textural photography is showcased on both his Instagram and in his original cover art. Although music is Aotu’s main focus, he is truly an eclectic multidisciplinary artist, combining influences from all sorts of mediums, especially fine art and fashion.
In recent years, Aotu has lived in Beijing, New York City, rural Vermont, and now Los Angeles. Since trekking west in late 2016, he has self-released an undeniably diverse array of original music, garnering viral attention on Spotify and SoundCloud, and earning over a million combined streams in the first year! His music has been featured in Spotify's Trapaholics and Fresh Finds: Hiptronix, theartistunion, Ultra Music's Seriously Chill, as well as many other independent playlists. He has worked with and been remixed by EGZOD, Francesca Blanchard, Foamek, Will Woodland, and Steezy Jaxxx.