Omelet – Get To Know Q&A

 

South East London’s always been a melting pot of culture, producing some of the UK’s most interesting and engaging artists. Omelet falls neatly into this lineage. A former stalwart and architect of the Neverland Clan collective, Omelet’s gone rogue, pursuing solo ventures with alluring qualities. Self-produced, Omelet has nurtured his abilities over a short but effective career’ Intrigued, we fired him a few questions.

 

 

 

So, for those who don’t know, can you just tell us a little bit about who Omelet is? 

I am a producer and rapper born in Lewisham Borough-London, I started my early years in New Cross, Woodpecker Estate with both of my parents who came to London from Zambia.  Some of my favourite moments were on that estate, Knocking on friends doors to come out completely oblivious of what was really going on outside.

Where does the name Omelet stem from? 

The name Omelet comes from a diss when I was in primary school. As you’re a kid your features are either deemed cute or ugly, so apparently I had a upside down egg head. Which back then it really used to f**k with me at the ages of like 6-9, but then I soon realised I was still cool with everyone and just joined in on the joke until it couldn’t be used as a weapon against me. and BAMM now I’m the upgrade of that kid. Omelet

Were there any interests before music earlier on in life?

Football probably, but I soon realised that wasn’t going to happen.

Raised by Zambian parents in South London, what music would be played around the house; And at what age was it that you knew you wanted to make music and why? 

So, growing up my Mum would to listen to a lot of Congolese rumba, traditional Zambian folk, alongside singers like Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. My Dad on the other hand would play the likes of Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Biggie, Coldplay , Sting and Tracy chapman. Lastly I can remember my uncle playing a lot of Jazz when I’d see him, I probably didn’t even like it at the time though. I’d say these three people without knowing gave me the ear I have now. Then around the age of like 14/15 I started tuning in to what was going on in the U.K rap scene and further afield. The likes of New York’s Beast-Coast movement, early Clams Casino, Odd Future, Top Dawg’s artists and the Lex Luger, Rick Ross collaboration in particular really sparked my interest in producing.

Omelet

Once the idea of producing had been planted, what was the process in pursuing that?

It really just started with me talking to friends on skype , we’d just roast each other and share music. My boy Alexei found a Fruity Loops software crack for me, so once I’d downloaded that my setup was just a shit laptop and the software. It was really hard to get around in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing which was frustrating but I was interested and stuck at it.

And since then, what has the journey of progression been like leading up to where you are now? 

The journeys been challenging, my personal progress isn’t exactly what everyone else might regard as progress, so I have to remain focused when there’s a lot of distraction and be confident in what I’m doing. But equally I’m grateful for the journey I’ve been on so far, I’ve matured a lot production wise, I know what I want now and I’m a lot more experimental in things I’ve never done before. For the most part I never really had a mentor or someone who was able to show me “how should be doing things”. I know one or two in music industry roles who’ve shown me things in that aspect but everything else I’ve taught myself.

It was back in 2016 I first came across yourself, one third of the Neverland Clan performing a set at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. Could you just tell us a bit about the Neverland Clan and this period of time?

Neverland Clan was a collective that focused on art, be it music, fashion design, sketch art or film. I was predominately on the music side with Daniel (OG) and Ryan (Hawaii) . At this time we were getting a bit of a buzz doing shows & merch pop up shops in London and other parts of the U.K so it was fun. During that time it felt like there was a new energy with us and some other artists in the London underground scene.

How was the group founded and what does the Neverland Clan represent? 

It started with Ryan Hawaii & Jared who produced for Ryan at the time, I then later met those two being from the same area as Ryan and later joined the group. Ryan and Daniel OG then met each other, we all gelled well together and he then became part of Neverland as well. Neverland Clan presents eternal youth, the idea of ageing physically but staying mentally youthful and to stay happy ’til death’.

2017/2018, there was a clear assurance that the group’s D.I.Y approach was something missing from the British underground scene, from the clothes that you wore to the sounds put out, there was a clear sense of individuality and authenticity. What was your most memorable moment with the clan? 

There’s many moments! but the main two are probably going on tour with Astroid Boys around the U.K, big up them man! And then the Boiler Room we did with G-Star. Wild show!

And as far as groups go, were there any existing groups that inspired yourselves to come together as a collective? 

We never spoke about it but I know that all three of us were fans of groups like Odd Future, A.S.A.P Mob, Two-9, Pro-Era ,Wu-Wang Clan and The Neptunes.

Will we see more from the neverland clan again? 

Not sure, right now were not continuing with Neverland but I cant rule things out.

Omelet from the ‘Wanna Talk’ video available on YouTube.

 Away from the group , you recently released solo single ‘Like Me’ followed by project ‘If You Want It, You Can Get It’. Was it always the plan to eventually release your own music as a solo artist ? And if so, why?

Definitely, I had already released ‘living a lie’ (go stream that) in 2018 with instrumentals. The plan has always been to do my own thing even when I was in a group. I’ve got a perspective on things that I want people to hear, let it be my words or just music.

Tell us about the recording process behind ‘If You Want It, You Can Get It’, the concept behind the project and how you feel listening to it back? And what does the project mean to you? 

Recording was sweet to be honest, I’d practised rhyming over those beats for ages and I spent a lot more time on the production. Recording probably took a month, two days in a week after work I would bounce on the Baker Loo line to where my engineer Matt was living, bill it up, get in my zone and BOOM. Listening back to the record I can tell how frustrated but optimistic about life I was and still am. Within the time frame of creating the project I experienced a number of life events and things going on that I had to jump over. So this project means literally ‘if you want it, you can get it’ to me.

Spotify link to ‘If You Want It, You Can Get It’

What does Omelet have instore for us in the future? What can we expect to see from you moving forward? 

I’m just working on new music for myself and artists that I see eye to eye with who also want to make good music.

If you were asked to sum up your perspective of the U.K’s underground music scene using just one word, what would it be? 

Promising.

And finally, does Omelet have a message he would like to leave for readers and fans? 

Keep shining beloved.

@Omeletybp

Words by Owain Ashton Jones