With the single released TODAY across all platforms, I thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with Omar about all things music.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and where did music start for you?
I am Welsh/Palestinian, and I currently live in Cardiff, Wales as a student. As a kid I liked and like The Beatles, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and once I got a guitar at 10 years old it was only a matter of time before I started writing songs of my own. I’m sure they weren’t very good, but I have done it fairly consistently ever since.
If you had to sum your style up in three words, what would you say?
I would say Chilled, Melancholic, and smooth probably.
Tell us a little bit about your latest single, Easy. What does it mean to you?
Easy is a song I have been working on for almost two years now, constantly changing in style and feel. The lyrics talk about the people that go in and out of your life, and reflecting on whether things could have been different. It’s great to finally release it after all the time that I’ve put into it, and I hope that shows when you listen to it.
Where do you look to find inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, hearing new sounds from other artists, recording and sampling a cool noise, or even just being out in nature. It’s good to start from a new place with every project, because it forces you to try new things and experiment more, so I wont always be inspired by the same stimulus.
Pre-lockdown, did you get the chance to play many gigs? Are there any plans to play any when we are allowed back out?
I have not had the chance to play gigs as a solo artist. I am still working out my live setup because some of my songs can be quite complex to play, but I hope to be gigging very soon after lockdown.
What would you say is the hardest part about being a music maker?
I think finishing a song is the most challenging thing to do. I start new ideas all the time, but finishing a track to release can take a long time. There’s always doubt as to whether other people will like what you’ve created, and constantly wanting to improve it a little bit more. It can be easy to get lost in that and just never finish any music, but I’m glad I could finish this one.
Which artists are you currently listening to?
Some of the artists I’m listening to now are L’eclair, Tame Impala, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, and Alvvays.
Where can we find out more about you?
Anything you would like to tell us?
I greatly appreciate the work you’re doing, music blogs are a fantastic way for fans like myself to discover new music, so thank you!
I’d like to extend a massive thank you to Omar for taking the time to answer my questions, and wish him all the best with his latest single. So what are you waiting for, go check out Easy now!