A Sit Down With DJ Omnia
Without a doubt, young Ukrainian DJ/producer Omnia is one of the most exciting and fast-rising names to emerge from the progressive & trance scenes this past 18 months
Omnias overall sound has a truly distinctive edge and a style that sets him a part from the rest: Sounds ranging from trance to progressive house, all of his tracks differ from one another and have very distinctive melodies. Having had multiple successful tracks and a nod from the 2013 DJ Mag Poll ranking him #48, Omnia has set him self a part from the rest. Most notably, his breakthrough track The Fusion came out in 2012 and although he had been producing music for some time at this point, this song most definitely kick-started his road to stardom.
"You never know, sometimes when Im trying to do a new track I try to do something special but its all about the inspiration."
So how did you come up with the moniker Omnia?
Well, honestly, Ive been producing for a while without an artist name. However, once the first track had been signed by a record label I had to make a quick decision with my project name. So I tried to find something really easy to pronounce and memorize, but at the same time it had to be conformable with the music I was producing.
Do you prefer DJing or producing music?
Definitely producing. When you are DJing a lot it means that studio time is always the gold-time. But I still want to continue DJing because it gives me a lot of inspiration with all these journeys and meetings with my fans around the world. Its something that keeps me moving on every day! But anyway, I think Its really necessary to find the perfect balance between DJing and producing!
Which DJs have inspired your music? Whom did you listen to a lot while you were creating your own sound?
Omnia First names who brought me into the electronic music were The Chemical Brothers & The Prodigy in late 90s. Then Ive realised that i want to create my own music. But if we talk about names in trance music it was Andy Moor, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk.
Can you share with us about your thought process when you are working on your new projects?
I think its really cool to keep this signature sound each track but Im always trying to bring something new into it. Hold Me is one of these tracks with recognizable Omnia sound but at the same time with absolutely unexpected vibes from the late 80s. Electronic music today is all about mixing different genres and various periods of sound. And Hold Me is the perfect example here. And this is how Im usually working on my new tracks. Sometimes its not enough to have good melody but also great to do something unexpected and bold!
What has been your most memorable performance to date?
I cant highlight any specific performances because I have had so many shows. For example, all of my performances at ASOT have been unforgettable for me. Or let me say The Gallery at Ministry of Sound in London. This is the best if we are talking about club events!
Spending so much time in the studio must be an isolating experience. Is your only chance to seek inspiration outside of the studio on tour or is your imagination sparked by the solitude of recording?
Im listening to different music all the time and this is my main source of inspiration. Sometimes performances at big events like ASOT or Godskitchen give huge inspiration. But usually Im just catching melodies or some ideas in my head, and tracks start from there.
You have released many original tracks over the years. Have you pondered over releasing an artist album in the near future?
Honestly, I cant see too much difference if artist releasing, for example, 10 tracks in a year or the same 10 tracks as one album-release. Probably, the album could tell the whole story and gives much more opportunities for experimenting However, I still feel good with single releases! But probably some day Ill change my point on this, who knows.
How important do you think it is for an artist to innovate and grow over time, to constantly keep doing something outside their comfort zone?
Omnia Yeah its very important. Innovations are very important in music today as we can see that a lot of big artists making tracks with the same samples, rhytms, sounds. But actually people want to hear something new everytime. And for young artists today its only one way. If you want to express yourself you have to show people something unique and bright!
Who would you consider your biggest inspiration in terms of music so far?
I have really long background of music Ive been listening to in different times of my life. When I was teenager, Ive been listening to the bands like Oasis, Nirvana. Then I discovered electronic music with the names like The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, UNKLE, Fatboy Slim etc Later I also discovered house & trance music and such big names as Tiesto, Armin, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Axwell. So its quite difficult to highlight only one or even a few names as my biggest inspiration.
What is the Trance scene like in the Ukraine?
It is not that big anymore compared to 3-4 years ago because of the new generation and new music. But maybe we just should do more big events here in the Ukraine. I mean nothing happens by itself. Music must be shared with people and someone needs to push trance here more.
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