He’s responsible for one of the catchiest hits in recent years. We sit down for a chat with Mr Cheerleader himself, OMI.
We literally can’t go anywhere without hearing the infectious sounds of summer smash anthem ‘Cheerleader’, and the man responsible for the track which is still sitting at the top of the UK music chart for the third consecutive week, kindly sat down for a quick exclusively with us.
Give us an insight into your musical CV – where did it all start with you?
It started with my dad. He was a singer / songwriter and I really respected him and looked up to him. He was my giant. Music is in my DNA. I was 14 when I realised that I was able to write and appreciate the melodic value of music. I knew I wanted to choose it as a career. I was in the studio everyday, recording and developing my catalogue.
How did you come up with a hit like ‘Cheerleader’ – the song has been doing colossal things all over the world.
It was intended to be an album interlude originally. When I met my manager, he thought it would be a good idea to turn it into an actual song. He knew it was going to be a hit. When we released it, it had a huge impact in Jamaica, Hawaii, Dubai and it was always just there.
The new remix has reinvented the track and its going platinum all over the place.
Which song by another artists do you wish you had written?
‘All Of Me’ by John Legend is such a great song. I love how he composed it.
Can you remember the first song you ever wrote?
I do, it was called ‘Money & Power’. I’m not sure if it will make the final album (laughs)
How are you feeling about the success of ‘Cheerleader’ in the UK, and are you concerned about following up such a huge track?
It’s extraordinary – I’m just a guy from a small island and to have a platinum record in the UK and Australia and Sweden – its crazy and overwhelming.
I’m not worried about following the track up, he label can worry about that.
If you could collaborate with any other artist on an OMI track, who would you choose to work with?
I’m looking forward to working with Meghan Trainor this year.
You’re responsible for one of the songs of the summer, but what songs get you in the party spirit?
It depends – today I woke up listening to Rick Ross and tomorrow it might be reggae, some Bob Marley, It depends on my mood.
It’s already proving to be an incredible year, but what else is left for you to achieve in 2015?
Festivals in the summer, for sure.