Date: 21st February 2017
Xavier Omär – #TheEverlastingWave
The insane quality of music on this project will come as no surprise to day-one fans of SPZKRT (Spazzy Rocket). Last year he changed his artist moniker back to his birth name, a decision taken with much consideration. I have been impressed by SPZRKT’s music since I heard him on Sango’s North (Which I need a vinyl record pressing copy of in my life but I digress..). His feature on the stand out track from the album Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife is very impressive.
However, I didn’t keep on him as I should have, I can’t attest to why exactly but I’m sure the difficulty in pronouncing and spelling his name had something to do with it. And it seems this is also why he decided to switch back to his real name “It’s hard for people to identify the brand [when] they don’t know how to say it. And that makes things difficult. You can have all the plays in the world, but if the right people don’t even know how to say your brand, it makes it difficult.” Omar is yet another impressive artist from the Soulection camp to whom he was introduced by Sango which has played a big part in propelling his stock.
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to a quiet week in Los Angeles. As I walk into the lively lobby of The Line Hotel around Noon to meet up with Soulful singer Xavier Omar (f.k.a SPZRKT), I flash back to one of the first songs on Soundcloud I loved. French producer Stwo made a future R&B remix of “Middle of Things” by Xavier & Seattle-based producer Sango. The production mixed with Xavier’s effortless vocals heightened my musical palette for years to come. I was hype to finally meet Xavier and congratulate him on carving out success in his own lane of R&B.
Xavier’s brand of R&B combines all facets of R&B with catchy pop sensibilities. It’s a balance that not many artists can seem to master but Xavier seems to have a knack for it. I spotted Xavier in the lobby sitting at a table wearing a vintage wrestling tee shirt and knew we were going to get along just fine. I sat with Xavier to chop it up about performing at Afropunk for the first time, staying confident as a creative, the pressure of dropping Everlasting Wave, Working with Sango on a new project, and more!
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