Hailing from Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have a cool drummer whose drum playing will amaze you and his name is “Omari Augustine”. From loving the genres of Soca and Reggae found in the Caribbean and delivering energetic performances to the audiences, Omari is a gem of a musician.
Let’s get to know more about this cool artist, how his journey into music began, about his daily practices, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Omari Augustine and I am a drummer and drum teacher from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. I have been playing professionally from the age of 12 and my playing style is mainly influenced by the genres of Soca and Reggae found in the Caribbean.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My dad Cyril Augustine who is also a drummer has always been my main inspiration for music and to this day he still continues to be a major reason I love music. I also grew up playing with a church Steel Pan Orchestra and had the opportunity to travel to various countries sharing the love for our national instrument. As a teacher, I enjoy sharing what I know and my students consistently motivate me to always strive to learn more.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
My most memorable performance was playing with my dad for the first time on drums at my wedding. My favorite venue so far has to be Gasparee Island which is a very small island of Trinidad and Tobago. I got the opportunity to take over the entire island with some of my friends and play and teach drums.
- Any funny story of a mess up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
A few years ago I had the opportunity to perform with some of the popular Rap and Hip Hop names in the country. The stage was set up in such a way that the artists went on to the stage from a different entrance than the musicians did. While waiting for my cue to go on stage, suddenly I heard our set start and I was still backstage. I had to rush on to the stage and it looked very unprofessional and although it was no fault of mine it was highly embarrassing.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
There are so many musicians that I would love to collaborate with. My dad Cyril Augustine will always be on that list along with names like Erica Mason, DJ Puffy, Carter Beauford and Nate Smith.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Good planning and time management is always essential to keeping balance. I was not good at it at first but I had to learn in order to ensure that I kept things balanced.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Self-confidence is always something that I always struggled with and in some cases I still do. It is something that is needed as a musician however at the same time you do not want to seem too overconfident.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I record myself and review footage to see how best I can improve. I also use this to revisit ideas that I may have found cool and want to remember.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
I am a tech lover so I try to incorporate a lot of my favorite tech even into my teaching. For example, I provide virtual drum lessons through immersive 360 videos which helps students who might miss a class or are off on vacation. Students can literally sit in a class they missed as if they were there and can be accessed right on their phones. Here is an example – https://www.patreon.com/posts/20581946
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
I always appreciate when someone takes the time to form a community in order to help motivate and encourage others. Guitaa has taken it upon themselves to do just that and I am always proud to support that type of vision.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
While following in the footsteps of others, make sure to make your own. In other words make sure you develop yourself to the best that you can and always be willing to learn something new.
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