This Is Parallels 003 with Mir Omar
One of the most promising talents rising in the world of deep progressive electronica is New York’s Mir Omar. Known as a resident performer in the greater New York area, Mir has recently gained further recognition on the release front with his incredible reworks of Inertia‘s ‘The System’ and Above & Beyond‘s ‘Sun In Your Eyes’. Where the originals are timeless trance tunes, Mir has delivered masterful deep progressive takes on each, and seen support from industry heavyweights like Hernan Cattaneo and Solarstone.
We invited him to host an episode for our podcast and interview series, This Is Parallels, to find out more about this impressive artist and what we can expect from him in the future!
This Is Parallels 003 with Mir Omar
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01. Forerunners – Adrift (Intro Version) [Silk Music]
02. Aiiso – Gravity [Anjunadeep]
03. Li-Polymer – Broken Machine [Asymmetric Recordings]
04. Inertia – The System (Mir Omar Remix) [White Label]
05. L.S.G. – Netherworld (Rise And Fall Remix) [Bonzai Progressive]
06. Ricardo Piedra – Sepilly (Hot TuneiK Remix) [Stellar Fountain]
07. Napalm – Omega [Eleonor Records]
08. Forerunners – Prism (Foundation Mix) [Pure Progressive]
09. Airwave – Lightspeed (Antidote Remix) [Bonzai Progressive]
10. Duncan Sheik – On A High (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) [Atlantic Record]
Parallels: Who would be your dream collaborator if you could work with any artist from any time?
Mir Omar: To be honest, this is a far stretch as he’s probably one of the greatest producers out there, but it would be James Holden (well, from back when he made dance music). Horizons is my most favorite track of all time, nothing else tops it for me.
Parallels: Can you walk us through your creative process in writing new music?
Mir Omar: I actually don’t have a set process. For some reason I do write my best when I’m feeling angry or sad, it’s strange. I do my best to let my mind take control of what’s being written than having a set target of what I want the end product to sound like.
Parallels: Outside of electronic music, which other genres or artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
Mir Omar: Apart from the club music, I’m a big fan of Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Moby, Craig Armstrong, William Orbit, Radiohead. They all have a lot of electronic influence however.
Parallels: What does your day to day schedule look like currently?
Mir Omar: I’m a full-time software engineer, so I’m out at the office from 10 AM until 7 PM, sometimes 8 PM, sometimes 9PM if there’s a nasty bug. On days I get home early, I do my best to finish up dinner and put in a few hours of Ableton. I’m disciplining myself better these days to finish up tracks and produce as much as I can.
Parallels: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Mir Omar: I might get a bit of heat for this but you have to choose between wanting to become the next ‘insert big name’ in a year or two, or allow yourself to grow as an artist and really write music that’s a description of your feelings/thoughts. Please, please, please learn music theory before you have to start working and paying bills/student loans (yuck), I made the mistake of not taking it as seriously in college and now I’m catching up.
Be nice to people, especially on social media. Don’t get into useless arguments on social media. The best advice I received was from Monoverse: none of this is a race, work at your own pace.
Parallels: What can we look forward to seeing in the near future from you?
Mir Omar: I have my first single coming out in January, I have to wait till I can disclose anything else 😛 but it’s a label that recently released a compilation. I have two remixes that I’ll be working on and I just finished another original very recently. So *fingers crossed*, I hope to see a fair amount of releases in 2018. I am thinking of bringing my podcast back too… You tell me, should I do it? Hopefully more gigs too!
Connect with Mir Omar:
Mir Omar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miromarmusic
Mir Omar on Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/miromarmusic
Mir Omar on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/miromarmusic