The OmegA Man

I'd describe myself as a person with a lot of different things on his mind. I enjoy being informed and learning about as many things as I can, which to me are fundamental to the growth of a person. That translates itself into the music I make, with regards to the different genres and sounds I use. There are times when I feel calm and relaxed and the melodies that I make then will reflect that, or if I'm thinking too much or if something is bothering me I'm likely to create something that's off skelter. Most of my music is very personal w



Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I'd describe myself as a person with a lot of different things on his mind. I enjoy being informed and learning about as many things as I can, which to me are fundamental to the growth of a person. That translates itself into the music I make, with regards to the different genres and sounds I use. There are times when I feel calm and relaxed and the melodies that I make then will reflect that, or if I'm thinking too much or if something is bothering me I'm likely to create something that's off skelter. Most of my music is very personal which is why I like to work closely with artists and producers. It might not seem obvious on the surface but I have a story behind every piece of music I've made.

Where are you based?
I'm currently based in Cape Town as I've been studying here for the past 7 years. Gabs is home though.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
Well, I started playing around with creating mash-ups of instrumentals and accappellas when I was in high school and also experimented with using Fruity Loops (who hasn't?)! I always had this vision of creating music one day and always had ideas in my head but never knew how to put them down. Then during one fateful holiday period, a good friend of mine showed me to use a program called 'Reason'. I was the most perfectly designed system for creating music that I had across. I got a copy, installed it and haven't looked back from there. It's been almost 5 years now since I started producing and about 4 years since I started working with other artists.

Do you come from an artistic background?
I don't come from an artistic background, in fact I have no formal musical or artistic training or education. I listened to a wide variety of music growing up, from hip-hop to house to classical and RnB. My parents used to listen to a lot of Indian music as well and that's had an influence on my interpretation of certain melodies and rhythms but that's about it.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Not to sound narcissistic, but I believe that I inspire myself. I wouldn't have taken the plunge into making music if I didn't believe I had the ear or skill to be able to create the sounds I wanted to. There are of course many artists who I greatly admire and appreciate, top of the list would have to be Kanye West and Daft Punk.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
My proudest achievement was simply having a song recorded to one of my beats and it turning out to be something that people enjoyed listening to. That was Blain and Shay's 'Victory Lap' which was one of the very first 'good' beats I made. I've come a long way since then and I always feel happy and proud when people enjoy the music I produce.

What are your tools for creating?
My Laptop, keyboard and the different software I use. The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) I use the most is Reason, just a personal choice. I'd definitely like to learn how to play a brass instrument in the future, hope I'll get the time to be able to do that.

What sets you apart from the others?
That's a tough question to answer because we all believe we're unique, but we never truly are. I guess the only way I set myself apart is that I always stay true to myself and that I don't do anything half heartedly. If I do it, it's because I genuinely want to and I always conduct myself in an honest manner. So musically, even though the sounds themselves or style of a certain piece may not be 'unique' or 'different', I feel that since it's coming from me, a person who knows exactly what they're doing and not because I'm doing it for the sake of keeping up with the latest trend etc., it shows that I stand apart from the way most people go about things in the music industry. I'm in control of the music that comes from me. If that ever changes, I'll stop.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
Well, in an ideal world I'll be in a position where I'm making an entire living off of producing and composing music, where I can dedicate all of my working time to it. And even I'm not at that point, I'll always progress towards it.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Happiness and peace of mind. That can entail a variety of things, and changes from person to person. But once you truly experience that, then you know that it's the most important thing in life. They're certainly the favourite things in my life!

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I can't say exactly what I'd do, but I'd ensure it gives me many more millions.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
No point in beating around the bush. If it's not for you, it's not for you. Be honest with yourself. But if it is, then pursue it with all you can and ALWAYS ensure that it makes you happy. That you enjoy what you're doing. That you can compose a piece of music and regardless of whether it sounds good or not, you've learned from it and will improve. The biggest challenge will always be the monetary and business side of things. Like it or not, it's part of the package and you'll have to make some compromises down the road that you might not be proud of. But never lose yourself in the process. And always aim to be the best musician and person you can be.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I had a website which I took down because maintaining it became a mission for me so I'm in the process of designing an improved one. Official 'paid' releases will come in the near future as well. For now, people can go to www.soundcloud.com/theomegaman and find a few of the songs that I've put out. Best thing to do would be to get in touch with personally though.

How can people get in touch with you?
kromegaman@gmail.com - Solely for music related contact
@kromegaman (www.twitter.com/kromegaman) - On twitter
'The OmegA Man' (www.facebook.com/kromegaman) - Facebook

Any thanks or shout outs?
That would be a very long list! A few important people stick out though. My friend Gianni, who introduced me to Reason and the basics of music production for getting me started. Linxstar and Blain & Shay, first artists I worked with and believed in me. Another friend and collaborator, MidHiLow who I've learned a lot from and find it easiest to work with. And of course all my friends and supporters who I hope will continue to enjoy the music I make!

Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I'd describe myself as a person with a lot of different things on his mind. I enjoy being informed and learning about as many things as I can, which to me are fundamental to the growth of a person. That translates itself into the music I make, with regards to the different genres and sounds I use. There are times when I feel calm and relaxed and the melodies that I make then will reflect that, or if I'm thinking too much or if something is bothering me I'm likely to create something that's off skelter. Most of my music is very personal which is why I like to work closely with artists and producers. It might not seem obvious on the surface but I have a story behind every piece of music I've made.

Where are you based?
I'm currently based in Cape Town as I've been studying here for the past 7 years. Gabs is home though.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
Well, I started playing around with creating mash-ups of instrumentals and accappellas when I was in high school and also experimented with using Fruity Loops (who hasn't?)! I always had this vision of creating music one day and always had ideas in my head but never knew how to put them down. Then during one fateful holiday period, a good friend of mine showed me to use a program called 'Reason'. I was the most perfectly designed system for creating music that I had across. I got a copy, installed it and haven't looked back from there. It's been almost 5 years now since I started producing and about 4 years since I started working with other artists.

Do you come from an artistic background?
I don't come from an artistic background, in fact I have no formal musical or artistic training or education. I listened to a wide variety of music growing up, from hip-hop to house to classical and RnB. My parents used to listen to a lot of Indian music as well and that's had an influence on my interpretation of certain melodies and rhythms but that's about it.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Not to sound narcissistic, but I believe that I inspire myself. I wouldn't have taken the plunge into making music if I didn't believe I had the ear or skill to be able to create the sounds I wanted to. There are of course many artists who I greatly admire and appreciate, top of the list would have to be Kanye West and Daft Punk.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
My proudest achievement was simply having a song recorded to one of my beats and it turning out to be something that people enjoyed listening to. That was Blain and Shay's 'Victory Lap' which was one of the very first 'good' beats I made. I've come a long way since then and I always feel happy and proud when people enjoy the music I produce.

What are your tools for creating?
My Laptop, keyboard and the different software I use. The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) I use the most is Reason, just a personal choice. I'd definitely like to learn how to play a brass instrument in the future, hope I'll get the time to be able to do that.

What sets you apart from the others?
That's a tough question to answer because we all believe we're unique, but we never truly are. I guess the only way I set myself apart is that I always stay true to myself and that I don't do anything half heartedly. If I do it, it's because I genuinely want to and I always conduct myself in an honest manner. So musically, even though the sounds themselves or style of a certain piece may not be 'unique' or 'different', I feel that since it's coming from me, a person who knows exactly what they're doing and not because I'm doing it for the sake of keeping up with the latest trend etc., it shows that I stand apart from the way most people go about things in the music industry. I'm in control of the music that comes from me. If that ever changes, I'll stop.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
Well, in an ideal world I'll be in a position where I'm making an entire living off of producing and composing music, where I can dedicate all of my working time to it. And even I'm not at that point, I'll always progress towards it.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Happiness and peace of mind. That can entail a variety of things, and changes from person to person. But once you truly experience that, then you know that it's the most important thing in life. They're certainly the favourite things in my life!

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I can't say exactly what I'd do, but I'd ensure it gives me many more millions.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
No point in beating around the bush. If it's not for you, it's not for you. Be honest with yourself. But if it is, then pursue it with all you can and ALWAYS ensure that it makes you happy. That you enjoy what you're doing. That you can compose a piece of music and regardless of whether it sounds good or not, you've learned from it and will improve. The biggest challenge will always be the monetary and business side of things. Like it or not, it's part of the package and you'll have to make some compromises down the road that you might not be proud of. But never lose yourself in the process. And always aim to be the best musician and person you can be.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I had a website which I took down because maintaining it became a mission for me so I'm in the process of designing an improved one. Official 'paid' releases will come in the near future as well. For now, people can go to www.soundcloud.com/theomegaman and find a few of the songs that I've put out. Best thing to do would be to get in touch with personally though.

How can people get in touch with you?
kromegaman@gmail.com - Solely for music related contact
@kromegaman (www.twitter.com/kromegaman) - On twitter
'The OmegA Man' (www.facebook.com/kromegaman) - Facebook

Any thanks or shout outs?
That would be a very long list! A few important people stick out though. My friend Gianni, who introduced me to Reason and the basics of music production for getting me started. Linxstar and Blain & Shay, first artists I worked with and believed in me. Another friend and collaborator, MidHiLow who I've learned a lot from and find it easiest to work with. And of course all my friends and supporters who I hope will continue to enjoy the music I make!




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