Sunday, February 24, 2008

One Hundred Project : Mike O'Mara

What is on your stereo at the moment?
I've been listening to a fantastic Soul mix by a chap called Paul Stewart this morning. Check it here.

3 records that changed your life? Why?
Snoop Dogg-Doggstyle
I remember being about 13 year's old and thinking I was proper bad for having this CD before realising every kid my age had it! It's the first real non-commercial CD I can remember buying and still sounds ace today.

Black Science Orchestra-Philadelphia
When I was 16 one of my mates did a mix-tape, at the time I had a few House tapes but they were all a bit ravey and snide. My mate Marc was already into decent stuff and I remember listening to his mix over and over again and this track was the one that stood out and made me realise there was more to life than N-Trance and Oasis.

Rufus and Chaka Khan-Sweet Thing
I bought the grass roots album by Ashley Beadle when I was 19 and it had some amazing music on it, I think this album inspired to get out there and not just buy House/Hip-Hop music. To this day this is still my fave Chaka track.

What are you looking forward to?
Going Grey, I reckon i'm gonna be one of those fellas who looks proper dashing with Grey hair. I'll be like Failsworth's answer to George Clooney.

What couldn't you live without? Why?
My snide-pod (couldn't afford an i-pod), I walk about 5 miles a day and I need to be listening to music or I get bored and end up getting a taxi and that's no good for the carbon footprint!

Most memorable gig?
It'd be playing at Soul City in London last year,100 odd people in a basement with a low ceiling and an anything goes music policy.

Who/what are your influences?
My mum and my brother both have fantastic taste in music so they're a big influence, I was also lucky enough to have mates who dragged me to clubs when I was 17/18 and got me listening to decent music.

My mates are a massive influence, there isn't a day goes by without one of them playing me an amazing piece of music/track I've never heard before! The radio was a big influence too, I was lucky when I was an impressionable yoof as Kiss 102 had just started up in Manchester and you'd be listening to half decent music all day long, then at night they had specialist shows with The Slammin Boys, Greame Park etc.

Unlike now where 99.9% of the music that gets banged out on the radio is snide and miserable, it's no wonder all the yoofs are turning into Goths.

What is the best and worst thing about the city that you live in?
I love pretty much everything about Manchester, It's a fantastic City to live and an amazing place to have grown up. I honestly couldn't pick one single "best" thing about it, its just generally fucking ace.

The worst thing at the moment is the Northern Quarter. It seems to have turned into a place where someone with trainers and a Mancunian accent struggles to get in half the gaff's at the weekend, You've got to look like one of the Kooks and have pointy shoes on to get in anywhere..…No ta!

Given the accelerated pace of modern culture, what are we due a revival in?
Proper names for kids like Harold, Derek and Edna instead of Buttercup, Ferrari and Unicorn. If kids had proper names they wouldn't cause half as much trouble. You'd never catch a Harold decking an OAP.

Hero? Why?
There's loads of people that I respect and admire but my Family and Friends are my only real Heroes (Although Sven will be my Hero if he bag's us a European spot in May)

Is there anything else that you feel that we should know?
Lots of stuff going on in 2008.

Development is going from strength to strength and the lad's have started the year with some great booking's in Dixon, Kenny Dope, Domu and Kelvin Brown. And have some very big plan's for the rest of the year!

Me and the lad's are going to be starting up a Development radio show/podcast type thing on Its going to be going out every Tuesday 8-10pm The station should be launching in early March.

I'm also going to be starting up a night myself, not gonna be doing monthly parties but will probably do 3/4 little one off parties each year. The nights called "Make You Thump" check for info on parties, mixes, interviews and full frontal pics.

Mike O'Mara KUMO mix


Soulphiction-Love Thang
Grooveman Spot feat Count Bass D-Benazaiten Love (DJ Mitsu the Beats Remix)
Slum Village-The Look Of Love (Jay Dee Remix)
Outlines-Waiting In Line
Heavy-Do For You
Atjazz feat Clara Hill-Before
Kid Sublime-Lookin' At Me
Rednose Distrikt feat Lady Alma-Gotta Make A Move
O Boogie feat Tableek-Paper Chaser
Hog Dogs-First Time Around
O/L-Im In Love
Linkwood Family-Piece Of Mind
Marvin Gaye-Whats Going On (ssshhh edit)

Download the mix here.

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