Some music acts as a universal language that brings friends and loved ones together. Some music makes you get up and shake your booty until the sun rises. Then, there’s music that makes you really feel something, helps you grow, or just helps you be present. “The Friendless Summer” EP from Omnom is something like that.
OMNOM’s “The Friendless Summer” EP was created with the intention to be a self-release. It’s different from his club-style house tracks. For him, it is a testament to the diverse community he’s worked so hard to bring together around his music in the last couple years.
Here’s a glimpse into “The Friendless Summer.”
Create the Life You Want.
O: I have always had a very wide range of musical interests. Over time your interests also become your influences. The hardest part for me was finding a way to fuse all of my influences together. Channel them into something that would be completely fresh to the ears yet still have my fingerprints all over it.
I ended up taking my favorite elements from each of them and applied those elements to House beats.
O: For me, it was wanting to write music that could be played while listeners cleaned their kitchen, sung along to in the car on their way to work, or just played to brighten up their morning jog.
I want to challenge my listeners. I want them to see that I am also challenging myself in the process and growing alongside them.– OMNOM
O: I don’t want my listeners to feel like they have to move on from listening to my music someday because it’s a thing of the past or something that they’ve outgrown. But I do want to weed out those who are too close-minded to listen to anything outside of their comfort zone.
Become Your Best Self.
O: I want to start being taken more seriously as a legitimate artist and not just another “House DJ”. I want to be included in the conversation with some of the household names of Electronic music, and I know that is going to be a very long and arduous road, but if I’m going to fail I want it to be no one’s fault but my own.
I don’t want to look back in 10 years and think “what if?…”
O: I’m going to keep producing my own beats, writing my own lyrics, playing my own instruments, animating my own videos, running all of my own socials, and designing all of my own merch. I don’t think I could ask for much more creative agency than that.
I’ve always been about making different music, and I never wanted the OMNOM project to get pigeon-holed into making the same thing over and over for the rest of my career.– OMNOM
Always Move Forward.
O: I didn’t want to write this EP with any specific record label in mind because I didn’t want the expectations of that label to influence my writing process at all. I think it’s time for the younger artists to stop trying to cater some of these dilapidated record labels who still think they’re running the show.
O: Do I think “The Friendless Summer” is some monolithic achievement that represents a major turning point in my career and should be celebrated the world over? Definitely not. But I do think it offers a small glimpse into what I hope the future might hold for the OMNOM project.
I’m hoping this future will be great not just for OMNOM, but for our entire industry, and humanity in general.
At Electric Hawk, we know that we’re ready to keep growing as individuals and as a collective community. Are you?
Listen to The Friendless Summer here.
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