Interview: Omarion

Spindle sat down with R&B child star Omarion to talk all things, well, Omarion. Having been an unashamedly large B2K fan back in the day we were excited to see who the star had grown up to be first hand. On arrival we were greeted by a very enthusiastic Omarion giving us a private performance of his latest work, while we stood awkwardly in total fan girl mode (we loved it).

We can happily report that the man we encountered was as charming as we hoped. We got to hear all about Omarion’s opinions on how the music industry has changed since he started out, and how he feels about his new sound. Omarion’s latest single ‘Post To Be’, featuring Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko is out now, and you can catch him performing this hit and others from his latest album ‘Sex Playlist’ (as seductive as the title would suggest) performing at KOKO tonight, it’s safe to say we won’t be missing it.

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How are you finding your trip to the UK?

I love it, I’m enjoying myself, I always enjoy myself in the UK. And today was the prettiest day since I’ve been here. I love coming here (to the UK) and stumbling upon new music, I know I’m a musician so it might seem a little cliché, but truthfully, to be introduced to the house here, it sounds different. You know, house here sounds different from how it sounds in Vegas, and the Afrobeats and Grime, I love it all, I just love it.

Which artists do you think we should look out for?

I’m listening to Party Next Door and if you don’t know Party then you gotta get to know, they got the vibe!

What was the first record that you ever purchased?

Oh, lemme think about that, that I purchased? Cause I got alotta hand me downs from my Mum you know, and from all the people that I was around growing up. But the first from me myself was probably a TLC album, yeah ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’, it’s a good one.

What’s your favourite track to perform?

Personally, ‘Post To Be’ right now, because it has such good energy you know. And if you’re a fan of Omarion then you know it’s like I don’t have a lot of records like that, in the history of the songs that I’ve made there’s not a lot of records that feel like how ‘Post To Be’ feels. Actually I can’t wait to continue writing records like that, and turn up the energy at parties and in personal settings.

Well I’m gonna be honest with you I have a lot of people that I look up to, Marvin Gaye, he’s probably the number one person, but let’s not be silly here, Michael Jackson, The Gap Band, just soul music Aretha, like a lot soul music, I love soul music.

If you could collaborate with anybody who would it be?

It would be Beyoncé, and the reason I think it would be a great marriage, just because we’re both visual artists so its like if we were performing to together I feel we could put together a mini movie, and I mean legit! Bring writers in and write it out, and she’s an artist that hasn’t collaborated with a lot of Males, there’s not a lot of people that perform and sing and dance, it’s relatively just me, Usher, Chris (Brown) and Justin (Timberlake).

What can we expect to see from you over the next couple of years?

Just great things you know um, I feel like I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of many different ages in music. You know starting as a child prodigy and the music industry being what it was then and what it is now, there’s a lot of artists that just live is digital space. So it’s amazing as an artist to be able to understand both times, and that knowledge is priceless so you can just expect me to continue to challenge myself and do great things, acting and performing.

I want to open up a dance studio here in London! I wanna just contribute to mankind, I feel that the silver lining between being a musician and being a creative is that it is meant to be given away, it is meant to be shared and I feel that a lot of people miss that because you know, it’s such a profitable business, but when you’re a creative none of that matters. I mean I’m still a creative if I don’t have a hit record ever again. But we always wanna have a hit on the chart now (laughs). We don’t ever wanna not be making music.

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What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

Probably having a son, that has to be a part of my career you know, because as an artist you give so much to your craft and you understand that there’s a certain level of selfishness you have to have in order to obtain greatness. I might wanna go out to the club but I might have to write three songs, and you can’t always do both so it’s a lot of sacrifice. And having a child is probably the greatest creation I have ever created, he’s like the better version of me. He\s here in the UK with me, him and his Mummy have gone shopping.