Ocupado is the collaboration of childhood friends Peter Vartan, James Avallone, and Matt Dougherty and recently joined by Ray Mazza.
The singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Peter Vartan was the drummer for the experimental project Swept To See along with Ocupado bassist Matt Dougherty for a few years in the early 2000s before he released a solo album called “Negative Attidude!!!” under the name “Vartan”. After that Peter was playing guitar for Hesta Prynn of Northern State . He played on her studio tracks with the likes of Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav on “Easy Bear” and Shawn Crahan of Slipknot on a cover of the Butthole Surfers song “Pepper” . Then he was the bassist for post-punk alt 80s influenced band The Dead Letters for a few years before deciding to self-produce a home recording album called “Sunshine Kills” which came out in December 2019.
When James Avallone moved back from LA after a long stint in the movie business, directing indie flicks (Spinning Dry, Playback, 80 Proof Cotton and a Pigskin ), he and Peter Vartan decided to start Ocupado along with Matt Dougherty and Ray Mazza on drums. Ray’s known for Apollo’s Ghost , Ray Mazza , Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits , The Spines (Radiolarian album) , Kevin Harrison & True North , and Victor Made A Time Machine.