Pop Cutie, Omar Alhindi, Talks Being Young & Talented In This Industry
With thousands of loyal fans and some major radio spins under his belt, Omar Alhindi might just be the swoon-worthy pop cutie we've been missing. Luckily, he caught up with The Music Mermaid to tell us all about his new single "My Intentions," his biggest influences, and social media as a tool for musicians.
Having signed his first record deal at just 15 years old, California native Omar Alhindi has spent the last few years rising to popstar status. He's already released a few singles that have garnered millions of views on YouTube and dropped part 1 of his debut record, Bedhead, but he's just getting started. With undeniable charm, a fluid stage presence, and dreamy vocals, Omar has all the right qualities to bump Justin Bieber off the music map.
On his popular single, "My Intentions," Omar walks us through a slow-jam breakup anthem. Opening with a catchy layered rhythm, the song quickly introduces listeners to Omar's smooth vocals that move from a slick croon to a wavy falsetto. Low dance beats tumble through the track with occasional eruptions of percussion and zippy synth notes as Omar sings regretful lines like, "'Cause loving you is pretty new to me / What we had was perfect, no doubt / But I gotta move on and love another." Overall, "My Intentions" is the perfect recipe for a radio-pop sing-along that will have listeners aching to attribute it to their own teenage turmoil.
Read our exclusive interview with Omar right here:
The Music Mermaid: First, can you tell The Music Mermaid a little about yourself and your music?
Omar Alhindi: My name is Omar, I'm 20 and I'm a pop and R&B artist. I'm really trying to broaden my sound and be more diverse lately, though, and I've been messing with trap and rap/hip-hop type of beats which has been... interesting.
TMM: What is the music scene like where you’re from and how has it influenced your work?
OA: It's pretty dull. I mean, there's definitely talent around here but in Fresno the problem is that everyone is trying to make a name for themselves and don't want anyone else to succeed -- which I guess is how every place is, real competitive, but it's all good. It really makes you want to succeed, and kind of brings out the best in you.
TMM: You signed your first label deal at just 15 years old and have since toured the country. What do you like most about the touring experience?
OA: It's the best part of making music. Making new friends and finding support in places you'd never think would support you. The late nights talking with the tour members and the drama and literally everything is great about tour. The only thing that sucks is when you know you're going to go home, it takes way too long for that day to come and because you're expecting it to fly by as usual, you get homesick.
TMM: Can you talk about the production process behind your recent single, “My Intentions”?
OA: "My Intentions" started off on the acoustic guitar and just kind of followed the guitar throughout the song. It was a long process but was pretty simple when looking back. The vocal production was the best part I think -- it really made the song stand out.
TMM: What is the songwriting process like for you? What do your lyrics often deal with?
OA: It's soothing. It helps me vent about anything that's going on in my personal life or career. It's just a huge advantage to my mental health. The problem is that when you don't have anything to write about at the moment, you have to reflect on the things that you don't want to think about. The lyrics usually have to do with my relationship life.
TMM: You’ve amassed a huge social media following. How has the digital age enhanced your career as a young musician?
OA: I think it makes it both harder and easier. Easier to make a name for myself but harder at the same time. There are so many other musicians who are competing to be in the limelight and social media has made it so easy. But why look at someone who's up-and-coming when someone else that they know and love is already all over their feed, just constantly grabbing their attention? There are pros and cons. My favorite thing is connecting with the millions [of fans] through it. Just being able to chat with them is super cool!
TMM: What has been your most memorable musical moment so far?
OA: I was doing a show on tour and it was at a highschool at an auditorium and there were two artists that went on before me and the crowd was just silent. So all of us other artists in the back were worried that this show was gonna be bad because the crowd seemed dead. But then I went on and made a few jokes and started my song "Twisted" featuring B. Wash and the whole crowd just lit up. They were screaming and on their feet; it was an amazing feeling and I'll never forget it.
TMM: If you could collaborate with 5 musicians, living or dead, who would they be and why?
OA: Michael Jackson -- he's amazing. Tech N9ne -- he's my favorite rapper and told me I was gonna be a star. Chris de Burgh -- his voice is just phenomenal and his storytelling has always been intriguing. Tori Kelly -- she's the best singer ever. I don't care what anyone else says, she's the best. And finally Johnny Depp -- I know he's known for his acting, but I'd definitely love to collaborate on a project with him, I think that'd be sick!
The Music Mermaid: Finally, what’s next for Omar Alhindi?
Omar Alhindi: I'm getting a lot of radio play, so hopefully I can start touring around the areas where I'm getting spinned! I want to be on tour, I've made new music that'll be released, I've been working out, but at this point I just really wanna tour. I miss the road so much.