Determined to seize the crown with his smooth voice and lush rhythms, teen pop singer-songwriter Omar has been taking huge leaps forward with his continual success. We chat with him to find out his biggest challenges, the hardest part of creating music, artistic growth and more.
What challenges did you feel approaching your EP, Back To Me?
Producing the EP was the biggest part; only having myself as the main producer. I had two other guys helping me out. One was the sound engineer and he would help me find the sounds that I wanted. I had a guitar player that could play the piano as well, so I had him playing as I had just started learning guitar. Producing the whole EP was the biggest challenge for me.
How do you feel the reaction has been to the EP?
I think it has been great. I went on a tour when I promoted the EP before it released in January and places I was performing at, they loved it. I performed at some schools and the students would mob me. I had to hire bodyguards to keep me safe and protected from all these kids running up. It was cool!
Was there anything about the process this time around that you would want to change next time?
Probably the speed of it all. When I first started producing, what happened was I would get tired of a song and would move onto the next. I would have a lot of unfinished projects. Kiss In The Rain, I had been working on that for about six months before I finally finished it, vocally and everything. It took me about six months to complete that one song. Where as Broken, I liked that when I first wrote it and Twisted I got done in a day. Just staying focused on the project I am working on instead of moving on. I always have so many ideas that I want to get out while they are fresh and I am excited about them. I don’t enjoy going back to old projects.
What is the hardest part of creating music?
Being genuine and not trying to do things everyone else is doing. You’re not going to get recognition for something somebody else is already famous for. It is just being true to yourself and writing stuff that means something to you, while being relatable at the same time.
Working on tracks, are you ever surprised at how good they become? Are there any that really surprised you on the EP?
Broken really surprised me. Broken was written when I was in the downstairs area of a hotel and there was a piano. I sat down at the piano, started playing these chords and I started writing a rap and slowed it down more and realized it could be a ballad. I got into the studio and was playing with the song and felt like it could be a good song.
Can you talk a bit about the artistic growth you feel you experienced throughout the creation process?
I have definitely grown vocally. I have learned to work in a studio and with other people. As far as sports go, I’m a fighter. I have always been a solo kind of guy I got to work with other phenomenal people and was given a lot of great advice. I’ve worked on my ear for hearing and how to find that sound that I hear in my head.
Are there any risks you feel you took on the EP?
In all honesty, I didn’t really enjoy Back To Me. It ties the whole story together, it was my first song, but when I was putting that out…I had already released the song and it was already out there. It is doing fairly well, with over 500,000 views on youtube and over 100,000 on Vevo, but it wasn’t my favourite song. It didn’t stand out to me. I felt it was more of a filler track, but it is considered my first single.
What expectations do you have for yourself when you’re creating music?
I only want the best for myself. I know how big the platform is. Music is universal for the whole world. You don’t even have to speak the language to hear it. With that comes a lot of criticism. I expect myself to put out something that at the very least I will enjoy. I don’t want to put out something that I don’t like but that other people might like. I expect myself to be true to myself and write and produce songs I enjoy. And, if other people like it, that is awesome and they can come and join the party.
At this point, what do you value most about your experience in music?
Probably my writing ability. I have been writing for a long time and over the last couple of years I have been writing so much– writing for other artists and with other artists and for myself. It has been a lot of fun to make something out of nothing. To make a story out of an emotion I have felt. It could be a small emotion and I stretch it out, or a big emotion, or simplify an emotion. I’m like the Taylor Swift of my own genre, I’m like my own Taylor Swift (laughs).
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I just got on the radio, so that is a huge thing. We’re pushing Back To Me, even though I just said how I felt about that song. It is doing really well. It is the top twenty downloaded songs on a website. I am really excited and hoping my fans are calling in to the different stations. A lot of people are enjoying the song and that is really cool. I’m very excited about that.
Who was the last person, or what was the last thing, to really inspire you?
The album was the first time I was really inspired. I had a girl I was dating for almost four years. We were high school sweethearts and she broke up with me for someone else and that killed me inside. But, instead of being all sad and depressed and keeping it to myself, I decided to write about it. I know I am not the only person that has experienced a breakup. That really got me going.
Do you have anything you would like to say to the readers of popYOUlarity?
Check out my music. Follow me on all my social media and talk to me. I love to talk to my fans, it is a lot of fun!
Find out more about Omar at: http://www.omaralhindimusic.com
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