Odd Us is the musical identity created by Los Angeles artist and musician Aras Baskauskas. The name Odd Us serves two purposes for Aras, both as phonetic direction for the pronunciation of his real name, and also as a reflection of his personal philosophy. “We are all strange,” says Aras, “We are all quirky. We are all magical creatures and I think we are all a little odd.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Baskauskas is of Lithuanian descent and has spent a good part of his life exploring the world both physically and spiritually. His interest in music started when he was just seven but took a back seat as life got underway. In college, he found himself playing collegiate NCAA Division I basketball at UC Irvine where he received his B.A. in Philosophy in 2002 and his MBA in 2004. Following college, his basketball skills landed him a contract to play pro-ball in Lithuania but it wasn’t long before Aras was ready for something else. He left Lithuania and made his way to South Africa, where he learned and ultimately taught Yoga, opening his own studio. His journey eventually led him back to Los Angeles where he discovered his childhood fascination with music had grown stronger. He made the decision to pursue this path with a newfound sense of conviction, and as a result Odd Us was born.
Odd Us' debut album "The Tree and the River" was written over a four year period starting with “Save Me” in the spring of 2009 and ending with “Old Walls” in April of this year. Working with renowned producer Tony Berg, Odd Us focused on creating an album dedicated to moments, opting for quality over quantity. To hammer home that point, he created a hard bound book, featuring 18 illustrated pages, to go along with the CD. Rather than settle for a run of the mill packaging for his debut EP, Aras strove to create an experience for the listener that would impact them on several different levels. "I put hundreds of hours into the album and many more into the packaging. I wanted to create a moment for my fans. I knew if I gave them something that spoke of thoughtfulness, they would be willing to sit down and have a moment with me."