It hasn’t taken long for word about Opposite the Other to spread – not long at all. While front man Sam Burger has over the past years established a solid YouTube following with over 200,000 hits, the band was only founded in late 2015. And yet, OtO has already been chosen to collaborate with Jimmy Nevis for Coke Studio Fusion and has supported the likes of Jeremy Loops, Beatenberg, Gangs of Ballet, Majozi and Al Bairre. 2016 saw them perform at Rocking the Daisies (voted as one of the Top 20 acts at the festival by Texx and the City), River Republic, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Student Rage Events in both Plett and JBAY as well as a guest appearance at 5FM Live Loud.
Their first single “Ride Away” organically reached the Top 10 on the Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart (peaking at #8) and notably made its way into the Top 10 in the US and Top 5 in both Australia and New Zealand. The song also received radio play in Germany and Canada. Back in South Africa, it was promptly featured on 5fm’s New Music Nation. Their music has been streamed over 2,100,000 times on Spotify alone.
Their follow up single “Stutter Love” was released in March 2016 and was playlisted on 5fm soon after. It has since reached #1 on the 5FM Top10 at 10 Pop Chart and remained at #1 on the Top 30 for two weeks in a row. “Stutter Love” went on to become #5 on 5FM’s Top 100 Songs of 2016 and was also featured on KFM & 94.7. Their 3rd single “With The Wind”ranked in Top 15 on Spotify Viral Chart in France.
There is no denying that both South Africa and the world is paying attention.