This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I’m happy to welcome up and coming DIRTYBIRD artist, OMNOM, to the show. Born and raised in Los Angeles, OMNOM has been making noise in the house scene this past year following his debut on DIRTYBIRD “Fo Free,” back in March. Since then, he has been popping up on festival lineups and in clubs all over the country. His productions seamlessly blend big 808 basslines together with quirky monophonic leads and silly vocals, resulting in a fun a dance floor ready track every time. OMNOM has had releases on House of Hustle, Perfect Driver and Box of Cats. I am excited to see what the future holds for the young star, but for now check out his BIRDHOUSE guest mix below and read on for his questionnaire.
How did your music career get started in earnest?
Hmm, it’s tough to say because I’ve been involved with music pretty much my whole life (sounds cliche, I know). But I’d have to say I didn’t start getting into music production until around 2015.
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I’m from LA and I’d have to say it’s definitely effected the music I make. I didn’t start listening to electronic music until my friend Justin showed me “Ghosts n Stuff” in 2009. And getting into the Southern California festival scene in the early 2010s, it was very easy to develop a very… umm… “questionable” taste in music hahaha
Luckily for me (and probably everyone), I didn’t start to experiment with producing music until around 2015 while I was living in San Francisco (from 2011 - 2016), which was a really booming era for the Dirtybird brand, with SF as the epicenter. So many of the quintessential DB tunes were released during that time, and I think being around for all of that and going to the DB BBQs and Quarterlies was the biggest determining factor in my decision to get into making Tech House.
And even though I am a fully-domesticated House thot now, I think my music is still very reminiscent of the music from those early times I spent listening to Electro, Trance, etc. I think some of my tracks have very EDM-esque buildups and some are still very “drop” oriented... but we’re working on that I promise.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
I don’t think I’ve ever really considered quitting, but then again I also never really considered this a ‘career’ either. Up until this year, I always sort of considered it to be a hobby that I would always devote at least some of my spare time to. So I guess quitting was never really on my mind. But there have definitely been times (recently) where I have questioned whether or not this career path was right for me. It can be really stressful at times when your art suddenly becomes your livelihood. Especially in an industry where there’s so much pressure to stay consistent and keep putting out good music just to stay relevant.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
I think it was more my LACK of equipment that helped me to achieve my sound in the early stages. I didn’t have any synths or VSTs (not that I would know how to use them even if they were available), so I had to use each sound as effectively as I could because none of them were particularly interesting on their own.
But now I’d have to say my Novation Bass Station has been my favorite synth I’ve used thus far. It’s very accessible for beginners and it’s really helped me to learn the basics of analog synthesis. I use it in every track I make now.
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?
Musically: Bruno Furlan and Walker & Royce. Bruno for his simplicity, and W&R for their musicality.
Careerwise: In the early stages of my OMNOM project I did all of my own graphic design, logos, video editing, all that stuff... So I’ve always admired artists who still seem to have a hand in all aspects of their brand (the music, live visuals, social media, etc). I think G Jones is a great example of that across the board.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
I’ll usually take a break from listening to House music (or maybe just music in general) and I’ll stop going out to clubs/parties. I probably seem so boring to my friends lately, but now that the clubs and festivals are how I make a living, it’s probably the LAST thing I want to spend my free time doing.
I’ve gotten back into playing video games recently (Red Dead Redemption 2 to be exact), and I’ve been trying to find some shows to binge watch on Netflix when I’ve got some downtime at my apartment. I’m also aware that I don’t go outdoors nearly enough anymore, so I’m trying to start getting back into surfing more often next year too.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
That split second when you are at the top of a sneeze. The world and all of the worries that come along with it just seem to disappear in that moment.
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
In all of my days on this Earth, I have never (ever) chosen the wrong-sized lid for my drink at a soda fountain. Oh, and I have an Art degree.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Least: Rose Gold
Favorite and least favorite words?
Favorite board game?
Cards Against Humanity with my relatives never fails to bring out the worst in all of us.
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
That’s a tough one because almost everything I eat leaves me feeling extremely guilty afterwards. But I’ll have to go with Spam and anything Spam-based.
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
Anything Wave Racer ever made.
German or Detroit techno?
Gotta go with the Germans on that one.
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
I think each serves their own purpose, but nothing beats a good festival with the squad.
Biggie or Tupac?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars all the way.
Exercise or Netflix?
Definitely Netflix. Until January 1st, that is. Then it’ll be exercise (for at least a few days).