OMAAR: The Ransom Note Mix
Originating from the north of Mexico City, Omaar is a wild dj with a style all of his own.
Next up is a producer and DJ who has become well known across Latin America and beyond for his far reaching sets which channel influences from scenes and music cultures from all over.
At the tail end of 2021 Omar Suárez released his latest music on celebrated record label NAAFI of which he has become closely affiliated. Some might call it techno but it went deeper than that, way deeper. This was a record all about atmosphere, style and sound design – he reworked percussion in a monstrous, unique fashion and the result was as enticing in the headphones as it sounds on the dancefloor.
This mix showcases Omar’s respectable knowledge of music from around the world as he draws upon the influences which have helped to solidify his sound. There’s hip hop, dub, rave, jazz, ambient and pretty much the full gauntlet in this tape which might just go down as one of our favourites this year.
Listen and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hello! I’m Omar Suárez better known as “OMAAR” and I’m a DJ/Producer of Mexican origin.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
I think my music sounds like a race car being set up and ready to race.
Where was the mix recorded?
I recorded it in my home, precisely in my room.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
It would be nice to listen to in your bedroom or maybe on a car ride.
What should we be wearing?
Good track pants to be comfortable
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
I think it would be a stream on the shore of a river or lake.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
It’s a track of mine, I like the transition. It’s called “All nite” and is still unreleased.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
The truth is there are many favourite mixes, there is not one in particular because I try to put what I like at the moment to be able to share it.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
LTJ Bukem without a doubt, is one of my favourite artists and influences, both the genre (Jungle/D&B and variants) as they are a subject of study for me, they help me to polish the technique and sound of my music.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I don’t remember which one it was LOL. There have been quite a few throughout my career. The last one is “If ONLY UK” which I hope DJ at a party soon.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
I think that both, with the first one you give an idea of how the trip will be and the last one is for a good farewell.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I don’t tend to buy that many records or collect them. I have a few “Progression Sessions” (LTJ BUKEM GLO Recs.), but the last one I got digitally on Bandcamp is called “Lock & Key Music Box” it’s a compilation by “Odyssey Recordings” is a British Drum & Bass label.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
It’s flavour would be that of a pizza LOL, Precisely that day I recorded the mix I ate pizza as a family.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A dog, on that occasion my pet was in his last days, that’s why it makes me nostalgic.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
LTJ Bukem’s “Progression Sessions” are all mixed and live LOL.
OMAAR features on a comp from Monstart, grab it HERE.