This week Cacoteo.com brings you another fire exclusive interview with O.G.M. aka Omar Garcia from OGM y Oakley
By Itzel Yagual
Tell me about the person behind Omar Garcia, his personality, his likes, his dislikes and who he is on a daily basis.
OMAR GARCIA: I’m a simple person that lives with what is necessary. I have been involved with music from the time I was 6 years old. I am proud to be a Puerto Rican. I love everything that is simple, I am most happy when I’m surrounded with good people, I like watching movies, I enjoy learning from others and I live everyday to the fullest.
Tell me about a favorite memory from your childhood.
OMAR GARCIA: There were good and bad memories. When I started singing/rapping Reggaeton in a group and in that process as a young man, I remember that I went through a lot of things. Some were hard, difficult, and other times they were just great memories. I was blessed in that I got to work with great people, had a group, did what I love and toured different places. I won’t forget the bad nor will I forget the good because I learned a lot of things during those stages of my life.
Please describe yourself in twelve words or less.
OMAR GARCIA: I am honest, persistent, romantic, passionate, stubborn and someone who appreciates solitude.
Name five things you can’t live without
OMAR GARCIA: I can’t live without music, love, my laptop, Freng, a television series and my parents.
Your music is often described as a blend of Hip Hop, Trip House Music, R&B, Pop, Reggaeton and Rock. How do you describe your music?
OMAR GARCIA: I don’t see my music sticking to a particular genre. I am constantly finding new ways to change it up, keep it lively and make it interesting. I like to create music that is always exciting and unique. On one occasion I may create music that touches on social change and on another occasion I may talk about politics. My music is much more than one category; my music is its own category.
How did O.G.M. and Oakley come into play?
OMAR GARCIA: O.G.M. & Oakley started out back in 1994-1996, through DJ Adam and Mad Jam. During that time we toured all the cities in Puerto Rico, several states in the United States and the Dominican Republic. We also worked closely with Pantyman and Mexicano.
What led to the parting of the group?
OMAR GARCIA: Back in 1999, I took some time off from the group. I had a lot going on and went through a lot of things that encouraged me to take a break. I entered a music conservatory, got a job and got my own music workshop. I later found out that one of my group members, Oakley passed away. His death came as a shock and ultimately was the cause that ended the group.
Who are your musical inspirations?
OMAR GARCIA: When I was young I listened to everything from Rock, Metallica, Rap, Underground Rap, Reggae to Pop. I listened to bands such as Viper, Guns & Roses and artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Public Enemy, NWA, KRS One and Outkast. At that time I was listening to artists that had something to say and that had messages that made sense. Today you’ll find me listening to Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Los Tetas and Control Machete.
Do you play any instruments?
OMAR GARCIA: Yes. I compose music with a piano and or guitar. I also played the flute when I was younger but rarely play it nowadays.
What other hidden talents do you have?
OMAR GARCIA: I do a lot of editing, writing and create videos.
When did you first start singing?
OMAR GARCIA: I started singing when I was 6 years old in local churches.
What did your family or friends do to encourage you?
OMAR GARCIA: This is the one area that I can say that I was truly fortunate. My family has always been there for me. They have always supported my dreams and ambitions. They never told me to go and focus on another career, they saw and valued what I believed in and stood by me for many years and are still standing strong beside me.
Who else in your family sings?
OMAR GARCIA: Some sing but not professionally. My uncle was a poet and on my father’s side, Silvia Resach was a professional and famous poet.
What song are you currently playing often?
OMAR GARCIA: I am hooked to “All of the lights” by Kanye West. I love the video, the lyrics, the beat and the overall feeling I get from listening to it. I just can’t get enough of it.
Where would you most like to perform?
OMAR GARCIA: I would really like to perform in Argentina. Argentina to me is a country that has influenced a lot of my flavor in music. Julio Portass is one of the many artists that are priceless and timeless for their music in Argentina.
If you have not done so already, whom would you most like to open for?
OMAR GARCIA: Wow, that is a good question. I would love to open for Tego Calderon, Calle 13, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and many others. If I had to choose one I would have to seriously think things through because there are quite a few talented artists that I look up to, truly respect and value their musical artistry.
If you weren’t singing/rapping, what would you be doing?
OMAR GARCIA: To be honest with you, I have no idea. I think I would be completely lost if I was not singing/rapping or doing something that was music related.
When you are not writing music, what do you do to relax? What’s your favorite hangout spot?
OMAR GARCIA: I appreciate time to myself, being with my family and being with the woman I love. For the last three years my hang out spot has been a place called La Madre located in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you could dabble in another music genre, what would it be?
OMAR GARCIA: I would truly love to have a rock band or work with a full instrumental electronic music band. I have a taste for different music styles and I’m always looking for those opportunities.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
OMAR GARCIA: I don’t know really. I have Rhianna and Drake’s song “What’s My Name” on my IPod but not sure if that’s what you may call embarrassing but it is different from the other styles I have on there.
What’s the motto or advice you follow on daily basis?
OMAR GARCIA: The day that you believe you know everything the fun stops, you stop questioning the world and you simply stop learning.
What sets you apart from other artists?
OMAR GARCIA: I think what sets me apart from other artists is that I really don’t care about genres. I do what I want, put forth what I’m feeling and that’s just me.
Currently what projects or events are you working on? Will you be touring soon?
OMAR GARCIA: I recently worked with Ñengo Flow on the song “Escupe Fuego” which has been out for almost 2 weeks now. So far, this song is doing very well and has gained a lot of popularity on Puerto Rican radio stations and on the Internet. We are also finishing up the video to this song, so be sure to be on the watch for that! We hope that people will enjoy the message we portray and that they get a good vibe from the video. As far as long-term projects, I will be putting out more videos and visiting Colombia sometime in the next few months.
What do you have in store for us in 2012? Will there be new collaborations or albums?
OMAR GARCIA: I have lots in store for 2012. In a few months I will be collaborating with JKing y Maximan, Chyno Nyno, Jowell & Randy, Domingo Quinones and many others. In addition to the collaborations, I will be experimenting with different styles of music and releasing 6 videos via television or Internet. After that, well I can’t say at this time but keep watching and following me!
Ten years from now you will be?
OMAR GARCIA: I hope to be in a little house somewhere in beautiful Puerto Rico, reading a few books, drinking wine, listening to music and of course producing and writing.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned working in the music industry?
OMAR GARCIA: Music and the industry are two entirely different things. Once you know the difference between the music and the industry then you know how to play the game. Artists need to develop not only their own style, but have a unique distinctive sound, they need to be fearless, be different and more importantly learn to be cold blooded.
Where can we learn more about you or contact you?
OMAR GARCIA: Feel free to check me out and follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. My new website, omargarciamusic.com will be rolling out in about a month.
Download Omar Garcia Ft Nengo Flow – Escupe Fuego