Optimystical is an experimental indie hip-hop band based in Phoenix, Arizona. Influenced by indie, jazz, funk, and classical music roots the band creates a unique and captivating sound that blurs genre lines and fuses hip hop with experimental indie rock.


The group founded in 2016 as a small project from independent record label Seafoam Sound. The original members combined guitar, bass, and song writing abilities from Tom Clifton of 'The Amazon Men', percussion, production, and arranging from Lyle Begiebing (The Party Upstairs), and lead vocals and lyrics written by rapper Keynan Willis a.k.a. 'NutterTut'. Since its inception the group has added classically trained pianist and cellist Cara as well as bassist and guitarist J.J. Tusick fill out their sound on stage.


Optimystical's debut EP 'Smile and Wave' was released in the Spring of 2018, and received acclaim from several notable music blogs. The band has since produced three music videos (one of which was featured at the Phoenix Indie Film Fest), released their second single, and performed at over 50+ concerts throughout Arizona and in Los Angeles. 'Void Of', Optimystical's sophomore EP, is set to release on Leap Day (February 29, 2020).




Andrew Finch