Next Friday, Boston gets the privilege of witnessing a true purveyor of underground dance music. Since coming up in the Detroit scene a decade ago, Omar S has always done things his own way. He calls the shots. He releases only on his label. He handles the mixdowns and the mastering. Omar basically does everything except cut the damn lacquers and sort the distribution. It might be underground at heart, but he’s sold tens of thousands of 12’ singles and CDs all over the world and has amassed quite the following in Europe over the past several years. For someone who is self-made without the support of any third-party label, marketing campaign, or even a Soundcloud page for that matter, that’s pretty respectable. And thanks to the Social Studies crew, he returns to Boston for the first time in three years on Friday the 27th at Goodlife.
Omar S is well known for the same production ethos as his influences (which include Farley Jackmaster Funk and Silk Hurley). An analog mixing deck, a drum machine, a basic sampler, and a couple of keyboards….no computers. While vintage gear does not a good song make, Omar knows every instrument in his collection inside and out. The final product might be raw and rough around the edges, but it beats an overly-sterilized and generic spin on house a thousand times over. Omar is a man who is more about grooves than a polished product, which is probably why he’s a self-made success.
So you want to score a pair of tix to check Omar next week at Goodlife? Thanks to Gabi and Alfredo at Social Studies, this is possible. Just ‘like’ the BBD and Social Studies pages on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. Omar is NOT a name you will see in Boston on a regular basis, so I’m not BS-ing you when I say this is an important one to check out if you’re a house head! Residents Alfredo and Brenden Wesley warm things up on the wheels, it’s a $10 cover and 21+. Good luck, peeps.