Published on October 12th, 2019 | by Guest Editor


Omayela Discusses Fresh and Pounding New Track “Waste”

Strongly influenced by current Rap and RnB, Omayela brings a fresh take to current trends. He contrasts the heartfelt music of a hopeless romantic with pounding productions and beautiful arrangements.

His new single “Waste” blends rich melodies with powerful dynamics. Check out our conversation with Omayela below and watch the new video!

What makes ‘Waste’ different from your past work?

I try to make each new song a little different from the rest of my work.  With ‘Waste,’ we went with a darker, more grunge-like sound than usual. But I always try to bring a nostalgic vibe with my sound.

Can you describe the concept behind the making of the video? 

We wanted to represent the feeling of missing someone, so we tried to present the most vivid memories of a past relationship through a series of flashbacks. For the shots in the black and white rooms, we were looking to capture the loneliness and sadness you experience when you miss your ex.

How would you describe your artistic evolution throughout your career?

I started making music at 15, and at first, the focus was mostly on sharpening my creative skills. I wanted to develop my creativity in a way that allowed me to make a good song out of nothing, in any situation. I used to run around town with my friends and a ukulele in my bag, and we made our names by showing off our improvisation skills to anyone who would be kind enough to listen. Once I was comfortable with my abilities, I formed a few musical groups; one was called Collectif, and another was called Strugglesome Fellas. I used those opportunities to create cohesive bodies of work and to learn more deeply about the process of releasing music. After that I focused on finding a sound, and I met Poolboy (Adel Kazi) my producer, engineer, and creative partner as well as Pops (Clément Langlois Légaré) who is a great musician and composer, and they both helped me to develop that sound to what it is today. Now we’re about to change the game!

What’s been the biggest change in your life over the past year? 

The biggest change in my life over the past year would be signing to Mason.Music, a label we started as a team with all my friends who are pursuing a career in music. The Mason.Music roster includes artists like Claire Ridgely, Junï, J-Rob, Miles Barnes, and my partners Pops and Poolboy. I’m very proud of my team, and I believe we have what it takes to take over the music business. We’ve been working for years to develop a sound that feels new and original, and I can’t wait to show the world what we’re made of. I’m also excited about the comic book that I’ll be releasing about the Omayela character later this year; I’ve been working on it for years now and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally coming to fruition thanks to Mtlside, my talented illustrator.

What song by another artist do you wish you had written? 

I wish I had written ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd. That song made me want to get into the studio immediately to create something new and innovative that would give me the same feeling I had when I heard it. It became the soundtrack to my life, an incantation that awakens something buried deep inside you as a listener. I’m always searching for a melody or verse that can provide the same experience to me and my friends.  It can be a lot of pressure, but I never stop searching for it.

And finally, where can readers keep up with what you are doing? 

They can follow me on social media via @omayelathebarkingbird on Instagram or just @Omayela on Facebook. They can also subscribe to my channel on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud or any other streaming platform by searching for ‘Omayela’. Thank you, and one love!

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