Omair Mirza discusses his roots as a DJ and producer, the process of creating “Perfect Imperfection”, and everything related to Trance music. Read our special interview below, and stay tuned for more music! 1 – How did you get started as a DJ and producer?
Well how I got into what is now known as dance music, was from my older cousin. He’s a couple of years older than me. In my early teens, in the late 90’s, he was a breaks, UK garage and drum n bass DJ. I would go over to his house and he had a setup of 2 technics and a mixer. When I graduated high school, I started attending some of Dallas’ underground raves. I instantly fell in love with the music and ambiance at those raves. So my old high school buddy and I decided to give it a shot and bought some cheap, belt driven turn tables, and a mixer. We would spend hours a day practicing. He and I formed a DJ duo. I started producing about 5 years ago, and learned a lot from him. I slowly pieced together my home studio, and was constantly watching and learning from tutorials online. Laidback Luke was a big help early in my production career, as he is with a lot of young producers, on his forum, he would answer questions that I had, and send me feedback on my productions and what changes and/or additions to make.
2 – Why is the title of your latest Trance hit “Perfect Imperfection”? What’s this song about?
This may come off cheesy, but the song in a nutshell is about heartbreak, coming to terms with it and getting over it. We all have moments in our life when we face heartbreaks. We tend to blame ourselves for failed relationships the imperfections we have. Why not take those imperfections, look at it in a different light and turn it into perfections? This song is about the taking the negativity out of our lives and turning it into something positive.
3 – When making “Perfect Imperfection” with Avari, what was your approach?
I wanted to convey the emotion that I personally felt in the lyrics, to other people. I took the approach of building a melodic break, and really utilizing Avari’s powerful vocals, to express the sadness felt by many- whether that be betrayal, despair, sorrow, or in this case, loss. I wanted to have the build create tension, and when it came to the drop, as portrayed in the music video, with Avari breaking the mirror, show that one can move on from the negativity of imperfection, not strive for the unachievable perfection, but rather bring out positivity from that situation.
4 – How did you meet Avari and when did you decide to work together?
Well to be completely honest, I have never actually met Avari face to face! With the advancement of technology in music production, and the ease online collaboration, as many artists do these days, everything was done between emails, chats etc. These days, collaborators don’t even have to be in the same country as each other, let alone the same studio
I was introduced to Avari from my management, who also manages Avari. They presented me with her vocals, and I immediately fell in love with her voice, and really related to the lyrics of the track. In turn I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her, and make this a really amazing piece of work. To this day, I still have yet to actually meet her, but we formed a great chemistry with this project. I couldn’t be happier with how it ended up coming to fruition, and the incredible response it has gotten from so many fans, as well as the support it has garnered by so many artists who I myself, am a huge fan of, and who I have admired for over a decade.
5 – Where did you film the music video? How long was the filming process?
The music video was filmed in various locations across the Los Angeles area. It was shot in different portions, as a lot of music videos are of course. My portion of the filming process was all done in one day, while I was in the Los Angeles area for a tour date. Portions of it were filmed in the downtown area and the design districts of LA. Avari filmed her parts of the video at a later date. I was extremely fortunate to work with such amazing and talented people who brought so much expertise for my first music video.
6 – Is there a funny anecdote you would like to share with us about producing the track?
Unfortunately, I really don’t have a funny anecdote per say. One thing that isn’t known to a lot of people is that this project originally began over 14 months ago. The version I had first written and produced sounds completely different than how you, and others now know of it as. Between management, Avari, and the label, we kept making tweaks over the course of that time, to get it to how it finally ended was perfected.
7 – Where do you think Trance music will go in the future?
It’s funny you ask this question. My friends that I grew up with, and grew into this scene with, would always have this conversation, going back as far as 15 years. In the US particularly, trance and progressive had really died down several years ago, when the big room house sound was introduced. This in turn which brought along a whole slew of new, and young artists to the scene. This was during the dance music eruption in the US, which began commercializing the music, and mega clubs catering to that sound, started erecting all over the world. A prime example being Las Vegas. However abroad, and aside from the US, I think trance and progressive was still very “alive”. You have artists like Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, and countless others that have always championed, that didn’t really stray far from their roots the in trance and progressive, to go after the burgeoning billion dollar market. Just recently trance has once again begun garnering the popularity, and in my opinion, surpassing the popularity it had at the turn of the century. You now see promoters and artists hosting stages, and whole festivals even, around the trance sound. I only see a bright future going forward for the genre, and a lot more people appreciating it.
8 – What’s the name of your next single? Is it another vocal Trance tune?
My next just dropped this past Monday, April 11. It’s a track titled “Suri” which will be released on UltraViolet Music / Black Hole Records. This one however, is not a vocal. It’s a really melodic, instrumental piece.
9 – What other projects do you have in the works?
I have several projects in the works as we speak. So many in fact, it seems to get a little overwhelming and stressful at times. I believe I have 7-8 projects at various stages of the pipeline. In addition to that, I have a lot of releases being announced in the upcoming weeks and months. I’m working with some really talented artists, spanning many various genres, not only from the trance community, but the dance community as a whole. I’m really looking forward to releasing these in the upcoming months, and working around the proverbial clock, to perfect them.
10 – Where would you like to see your career go?
I definitely want to continue to evolve as an artist and give back to the music community, as much as it has given me. I’m so fortunate to still be involved in the scene, and still have the same passion for it, as I did since day 1. I’m continuously learning and progressing every single day, and I still know I have a long way to go. The course of all these years has always been a learning process, every single day. At this point I would also like to humbly point out that I could not have come this far without the support of my fans. They have helped me grow as an artist with all their feedback.
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