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DIANA OMAR

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DIANA OMAR WHAT HAPPENED?

What was life like for you before music?

It’s hard to pinpoint a time before music. I guess it’s always been a part of me. I didn’t officially start writing songs until I was 14, but I would experiment with different melodies and improvise my piano/voice repertoire. I was definitely more in the classical music scene, which I still appreciate greatly, but I felt that I wanted more control and individuality. Songwriting is the perfect outlet to do this. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

At the moment, I feel like I am in a very in-between state. There is this interaction between academia in music, and I have one foot in each door. They are two very different parts of my life, but I need both to function. I value being in this stage in my career because I am able to use what I am learning in my academic settings and create meaningful stories. I can write songs about revolutionary figures discussed in my writing class, philosophical concepts, and convey the sense of frustration when encountering coding bugs. But this all goes hand in hand with the ability to capture my personal thoughts and feelings in my everyday encounters. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

I would say the biggest thing I’ve learned is that music is such a small part of the industry. Most of the industry is about marketing and relatability/freshness in the atmosphere. It is a race to figure out who stands out the most, which has taken me a while to get used to. 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

I think the best thing I need right now is to collaborate with other creatives. I’m lucky because my university is the best place to do this– I have met some amazing people along the way, and I am excited to finally be able to both learn new skills and continue making music. I hope to start making music videos and collaborating with producers soon.

What was the worst experience on stage?

One time I was playing piano at a nursing home and some lady in a wheelchair rammed into me. I was in the middle of performing a “Lost Boy” cover, and all of a sudden I felt something crash and push me and the entire grand piano backwards. I honestly had no idea what to do in the situation, so I just froze for a few seconds then kept playing. I actually have a video of it somewhere– it was such a funny and random experience looking back on it. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?

I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which means that I associate colors with numbers, letters, etc. It’s unfortunately not the music kind, but it really helps me when writing lyrics and memorizing math formulas, as I can draft a color scheme. 

DIANA OMAR

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

I think what makes me stand out is this duality between music and academia/STEM advocacy. These two drastically different parts of my life can be combined in unique ways. You probably always hear of this interaction between STEM and classical music, but never modern forms of mainstream music. I hope to use my platform to encourage this intersection and be someone who is both relatable and a role model. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

I recently released two new songs– and R&B version of “reality” and a new track called “without a doubt”. 

I think this version of “reality” showcases a new level of vocal maturity. It also accurately captures the essence of the song’s dystopian theme with a level of classiness. I chose to revisit this track because I wanted to experiment with different sounds and have my audience choose which version they like better. The overall concept remains that same though– it still delves into the differences between objective and subjective realities, reminding listeners that everyone’s perspectives are unique. 

Of course, I didn’t want to just leave people with only a re-record, so I decided to release “without a doubt” as well. This song is definitely out of my comfort zone– it’s written from the perspective of my alter ego, someone who is not afraid to speak their mind. I don’t want to go into full details of the song’s meaning, but it comments on individuality and human essence. I’ll leave it up to the audience to interpret fully. 

What was the recording process like?

I usually draft some chords and a rough beat in my dorm room, thinking about what I want the song’s story to be. Once I have enough of an idea, I book the recording studio in my residential college and sing my heart out. When vocals are finished, I send this rough demo to my producer and he works his magic, bringing the song to life. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I think the biggest learning curve was finding out exactly how I can convey my musical thoughts. I started writing songs on the piano, but I wanted to learn how to make some unique sounds, so I learned how to produce myself. Of course, there are a lot of skills that come with producing tracks, but I feel that the more I learn, the closer my vision comes to life. I am also able to set a specific vibe and help find my sound. Right now, I’ve been in the habit of adding trap beats to a guitar riff to fuse indie and R&B. 

Would you change anything now its finished?

I’m always revisiting my older works, and I love that I can do that because I have complete ownership of my music. That’s why I revisited “reality”– I want to adequately convey my growth as an artist and really showcase the versatility of a song. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

If you like my music, feel free to spread the word!

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