Strange that a solid background in drum and percussion training would lead John Otto straight into rap-rock’s gang of juvenile misfits, Limp Bizkit. But that's exactly what happened. Otto began playing as a teenager at Douglas Anderson School For The Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. He first focused on percussion, but eventually switched over to the drums, learning the basics of jazz from a private instructor. Otto eventually moved away from jazz drumming and, taking everything he had learned, began experimenting in funk and rock. Before he was even 18 he got a call from his cousin, Sam Rivers, who asked him to join the nascent rap-metal outfit Limp Bizkit, in which Rivers was playing bass.
Otto agreed, and was soon joined by his old art school classmate, guitarist Wes Borland, and local tattoo artist-turned-vocalist Fred Durst. The band began playing shows together around the Jacksonville area and quickly attracted the attention of Korn bassist Fieldy, who brought them to the attention of Interscope Records. Limp Bizkit signed a record deal with Interscope after sending the label a demo. Before moving into the studio for their first album, they added DJ Lethal to the band, and released their first full-length album, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, in 1997. Otto's drumming on this album, as on future albums, is heavy and focused on the pocket, with a definite hip-hop vibe. Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ attracted a great deal of attention and Limp Bizkit embarked on numerous subsequent tours, including Warped Tour, Family Values Tour, and Ozzfest.
In 1999, the band released their second album, Significant Other, which has proven to be their most popular to date. Singles like “Nookie,” “Break Stuff,” and “Re-Arranged” skyrocketed the band to worldwide success. Their next album, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, was released in 2000 and also became a multi-platinum selling hit. While the reviews were not quite as positive, the band still managed to attract attention with singles “My Generation” and “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle).” Limp Bizkit has since released two additional albums, Results May Vary (2003) and The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) (2005), which have each received progressively withering reviews from fans and critics alike. Otto and his bandmates are currently working on their next album, which is set to release sometime in 2009.