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Wednesday January 20, 2016
Little Lou's BBQ in Campbell CA
Omani Trio (guitar, bass, sax/percussion, 3 vocalists)
Featuring Russtafari on Bass and Dale of SBDA on Sax/Percussion)
https://www.facebook.com/events/836272923157211/
http://www.omaniband.com/w1/node/144

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         December 22, 2015

I have been obsessed with mixing for ages. Just experimenting with sound in different ways, working on things I'm not satisfied with in the mix, and seeing "what happens when I do this?".

Lately I have been working on getting the bass and the kick drum to play nicely. Not all day every day of course. But over time it has been many, many hours.

When I am in the studio, the focus has mostly been on getting the bass to be loud enough, but not too loud or boomy, and without masking the kick drum.

I want the kick drum to be clear and powerful, but not overpowering.

Side chain ducking works well, but now that I have moved inside a computer I had to learn how to do that simple trick all over again. That took a lot of work for me to figure out how to do it in Reaper. It helps a lot.

Scooping out the low end mud at the bottom (of bass and organ) and using a high pass filter to remove low frequencies from all of the other tracks, leaves more room for kick drum and bass.

But I suppose I am a bit picky, and finding just the right tone and clarity has been quite elusive, and a fun but frustrating challenge. I think I have achieved a nice blend of the two, without having to make the kick drum bright with tons of treble and attack, like on a Metallica recording.

I have been slow with progress after the transition to computer, because it was in some ways like starting over learning how to record and mix due to the controls to interface the software being on a computer monitor and controlled with a computer mouse.

The first two Omani singles (Positivity and Never Give Up) have been my first official releases done using a computer for mixing and editing, instead of traditional studio tools. Never Give Up was done with drum software and even the tracking was done through a computer interface. I wasn't really happy with the tone and punch on either song, despite spending tremendous amounts of time. And the blend of bass and kick drum was not something I was satisfied with. I knew I could do better, and that bothered me.

Also, due to my creative and curious nature, along the way I've been sidetracked and explored manipulating sound in the digital realm, and learning how best to exploit the functionality available with digital tools, and how to get a less sterile sound with all of that new found fidelity and headroom.

But this year, in 2016, I hope to be releasing at least several new tracks, if not completing the debut Omani album. I'm very pleased with the sounds I'm able to produce, and I'm ready to move forward with sharing my music with the world, and presenting it in the best form I can.


OMANI Music

Download NEVER GIVE UP on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/never-give-up-single/id690276618


Download NEVER GIVE UP on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Omani_Never_Give_Up?id=Bfda74r7qchwrypkqmgvaeoxl2e


Download NEVER GIVE UP on EMusic.com

http://www.emusic.com/album/omani/never-give-up/14349636/


Download NEVER GIVE UP on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Never-Give-Up-Omani/dp/B00EP54UHK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414653279&sr=8-2&keywords=Never+Give+Up+omani


Download NEVER GIVE UP on CDBaby.com
ONLY 79 CENTS!!!!
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/omani


You can help by calling the following stations to request "Positivity" and "Never Give Up" by Omani:
(or ask your local DJ to contact Omani for the hookup on promotional tunes)

Tuesday 9am til Noon (weekly) -- All Fruits Ripe hosted by Daddy Spleece -- http://www.KZSC.org
KZSC 88.1FM, Santa Cruz, CA -- Request line: 831-459-4036

Wednesday Noon til 3pm (weekly) -- Rebel Music - hosted by Irie Dole -- http://www.KPOO.com
KPOO 89.5 FM, San Francisco, CA -- Request line: 415-346-5376 or toll free: 866-405-0200

Wednesday 8pm til 10pm (weekly) -- Revelation Time - hosted by DJ Moi
Sunday from 6pm til 8pm (weekly) -- hosted by DJ Raz Reev
KHDC 90.9 FM, Salinas, CA -- http://www.radiobilingue.org/khdc -- Request line: 831-758-5432

Saturday 3pm til 7pm (weekly) -- Raggamuffin International - hosted by Reggae Robin
WZBC 90.3 FM, Boston, MA -- http://www.wzbc.org -- Request line: 617-552-4686


OMANI Press Quotes & Testimonials

DJ Spleece Reality Sound International, Santa Cruz Free Up Fridays. All Fruits Ripe KZSC 88.1
"I don't care what ANYONE says: OMANI is the BEST QUALITY reggae band out here."

Justin Pader, Ecliptic Audio, Shattuck Down Low and Pier 23
"Omani brings great music and good energy & vibez to every show. Always fun to work with. "

Irie Dole - Jah Warrior Shelter HiFi, Rebel Music on KPOO 89.5 FM, Pier 23 SF, Maui Dole Kaboom!
"Your show (@ Pier23) was nice. I went by the next day and the staff was still loving you guys."

Monterey County Weekly: "Reggae Powerhouse"
"you'll find real thought and energy is the backbone of the music"
"original tunes heavily inspired by messages of peace, love and unity"
"honest lyrics & heartfelt delivery proving reggae is alive & well in Monterey County"

Peter Williams (Yoshi's Oakland) at the 5th annual Urban Wine Experience
"The band sounded great ... best band they'd ever heard at a Jack London Square event!!"

Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz "Live Roots Reggae Favorites"

Sly McFly's on Cannery Row: "The Hottest Reggae Band In The County"

Vintage Wine Bar on Santana Row San Jose:
"The band was awesome. Every one loved you guys!"

OMANI Bio

Omani has been bringing deeply hypnotic grooves and satisfying positive reggae vibes throughout the central coast areas of northern California for years, from the Salinas Valley into the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz and up around the San Francisco Bay Area. Expect to hear anything from inspirational roots sounds, to lover’s rock, mixed with conscious thought provoking anthems, and sprinkled with a healthy dose of live dub.

Featuring trademark songs that make you think, make you wanna move, and make you feel good, such as Positivity, Never Give Up, Right To Know, All Of Your Lovin, Humankind, and Keep On Trying.

Omani Trio at Little Lou's BBQ

The Omani Trio returns to Campbell for a debut performance at Little Lou's BBQ on Wednesday January 20, 2016.

With unique Quasi acoustic reggae renditions of covers songs ranging from classic rock to reggae to r&b to pop. With guitar and bass and percussion and saxophone and electronic accompaniment and three sweet voices harmonizing.

Featuring members of Omani, South Bay Dub Allstars, and My Dads iPod.
https://www.facebook.com/events/836272923157211/

Omani hosts Cool and Easy Tuesday 10/13/15

Omani solo at Salinas Sports Tavern
7pm til 10pm Tuesday October 13, 2015
Come to oldtown Salinas for an evening of acoustic reggae
and food and drink specials while Omani is playing.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1063457123673183

Fri Sept 4 Lee Scratch Perry "The Upsetter", Omani, and DJ Spleece at Moes

Friday September 04,2015 -- Grammy Winning Reggae Icon Returns to Santa Cruz
Lee Scratch Perry, Omani (full band), and DJ Spleece
This show is Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System
performing the legendary "Super Ape" album live
for the first time as part of the Dub Champions Festival tour
at Moe's Alley1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
Doors Open 8:00 PM, Show Starts at 9:00PM
Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of show

http://realitysounds.com
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2162&artist=Lee_"Scratch"_Perry
https://www.facebook.com/events/407823059407696/


831 Love Benefit Show and CD Release Party

Friday March 20, 2015 at the Fox Theater in Salinas
Live Reggae Music from 10 bands, 2 Djs, and 3 Live Painters.
Proceeds will be donated to Alisal Percussion (teaching drums to at risk youth)
and the Family Resource center at Sherwood School
(providing clothes, food, and school supplies to homeless children).

WastedNoise, Lujan, Militia Of Love, Cali Nation, Michael Annotti,
Omani, Dread I Knights, ReLion Music, Pacific Grown

DJ Sugar Bear and Dj Moi - Irie Sounds
Live Painters: David Marple and Amber Girlfish Brady
Doors open at 7pm -- 18 and up -- Full Bar -- $10 in advance & $15 at the door

The CD will be a compilation CD featuring a Song from each band listed
as well as a title track featuring vocals from the singer in each band.

Sat 2/28/15 Big Mountain, Rasun, and Omani at Don Quixote's International Music Hall

Saturday February 28, 2015 -- 8:30pm
Big Mountain, Rasun, and Omani
at Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Hwy 9 Felton, CA 95018 -- 831-603-2294
http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/
http://bigmountainband.com/
tickets: http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/form_file.php

Friday February 27 Big Mountain, Rasun and the Struggle, and Omani @ Mystic Theater

Big Mountain supporting a newly released album "Perfect Summer"
plus Rasun and the Struggle, and Omani opening with a solo acoustic set.

McNear's Mystic Theater 23 Petaluma Blvd Petaluma CA 94952
http://www.mystictheatre.com/
http://rasun.com/
http://bigmountainband.com/

Sat 10/18/14 Big Mountain, Omani, and DJ Spleece at Moes Alley

Big Mountain and Omani plus DJ Spleece
@ Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
More details to come
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1976&artist=Big_Mountain

Fri 9/12 Yelloman and the Sagittarius Band plus Omani and DJ Spleece at Moes

Friday September 12, 2014
Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band plus Omani and DJ Spleece
@ Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854

https://www.facebook.com/events/708005055936029/
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2002&artist=Yellowman

Sly and Robbie with Bitty McLean plus DJ Spleece and Omani

Saturday July 26 at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz
Jamaica's Riddim Twins SLY & ROBBIE and the TAXI GANG plus BITTY MCLEAN.
Also DJ Spleece of Reality Sound Intl and Omani
https://www.facebook.com/events/314022225430487

Past Shows

Please note that private engagements are not posted here because they are not open to the public.


Click HERE to view Upcoming Omani Shows Page.

Tuesday December 08, 2015
Omani solo at Salinas Sports Tavern
7pm til 10pm Free Show

Tuesday December 01, 2015
Omani duo with Russtafari at Salinas Sports Tavern
7pm til 10pm Free Show

Tuesday November 24, 2015
Omani solo at Salinas Sports Tavern
7pm til 10pm Free Show

Friday November 20, 2015
Michael Rose, Omani (full band), and DJ Spleece
Moes Alley in Santa Cruz CA

http://www.omaniband.com/w1/node/143
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2215&artist=Michael_Rose
https://www.facebook.com/events/1486464738349848/

Tuesday October 13, 2015
Omani solo at Salinas Sports Tavern
7pm til 10pm Free Show

Sunday October 04, 2015 -- 2pm - 5pm
Omani Trio at The Spot in Downtown Campbell
Featuring Russtafari on Bass and Vocals, and Dale on Saxophone, Percussion, and Vocals
http://thespotcampbell.com/live-music--events.html

Friday September 04,2015 -- Grammy Winning Reggae Icon Returns
Lee Scratch Perry, Omani (full band), and DJ Spleece
at Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $25 advance, $30 day of show
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2162&artist=Lee_"Scratch"_Perry

Sunday September 06, 2015 -- 2pm - 5pm
Omani and Russ return to The Spot in Downtown Campbell
Also featuring Dale Mungaray of South Bay Dub Allstars
sitting in on Vocals, Saxophone, and Percussion
201 Orchard City Drive, Campbell, CA 95008
https://www.facebook.com/events/1590631107868893/
http://thespotcampbell.com/

Monday August 10, 2015
Omani and Kenny Chung (guest performers)
Cool and Easy Mondays at Salinas Sports Tavern

Sunday August 02, 2015
Omani and Russ
at The Spot in Downtown Campbell

Sunday July 26, 2015
Omani and Russ
at The Spot in Downtown Campbell

Saturday July 25, 2015
Omani and Russ
at O'Malley's in Mountain View

Sunday July 05, 2015 -- 2pm - 5pm
Omani and Russ at The Spot in Downtown Campbell
https://www.facebook.com/events/712274505561733/

Sunday May 31, 2015
Artichoke Festival California Wine & Beer Tasting Pavilion
Omani solo from 11:00am til 2:30pm
http://www.artichokefestival.org/entertainment-events/wine-tasting/

Saturday April 11, 2015
Omani sitting in with One A Chord
at (private engagement)

Friday April 3, 2015
Omani sitting in with Bert Javier and Santa Cruz Reggae All Stars
Salinas Sports Tavern

Tuesday March 31, 2015
Omani returns to host the Santa Cruz Reggae Jams again
at The Crows Nest in Santa Cruz Harbor
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
www.crowsnest-santacruz.com

Friday March 20, 2015
831 Love CD Release and Benefit Show
Fox Theater 241 South Main St, Salinas, California 93901
https://www.facebook.com/events/1543575172567110/
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/calendar/live_music/love-benefit-con...

Tuesday March 10, 2015
Omani hosts the Santa Cruz Reggae Jams
at The Crows Nest in Santa Cruz Harbor
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
www.crowsnest-santacruz.com

Saturday February 28, 2015
Big Mountain, Rasun, and Omani
Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Hwy 9 Felton, CA 95018 -- 831-603-2294
http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/
http://rasun.com/
http://bigmountainband.com/

Friday February 27, 2015
Big Mountain, Rasun, and Omani
McNear's Mystic Theater 23 Petaluma Blvd Petaluma CA 94952
http://www.mystictheatre.com/
http://rasun.com/
http://bigmountainband.com/

Tuesday January 20, 2015 --7pm thru 10pm
Omani solo acoustic performance at Cats Tavern
17533 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033
http://www.thecatsrestaurantandtavern.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/487072511433534

Friday December 05, 2014
Marple Art Show at V-luxe Vape and Art
Cali Nation and Pacific Grown, with special guest performance by Omani
https://www.facebook.com/events/603613469784402/
http://www.marpleart.com/

Saturday November 22, 2014
Give Thanks Benefit Show featuring:
Omani, Lujan, Michael Annotti, Militia Of Love, Higher Ascension, plus DJ Delucho
140 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Bocci's Cellar (831) 427-1795

Saturday November 01, 2014
Omani @ The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
17533 Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone:(408) 354-4020
http://www.thecatsrestaurantandtavern.com

Friday October 24, 2014
Jonah and the Whalewatchers, and Cali Nation with special guest performance by Omani
Casa Sorrento 393 Salinas St, Salinas, California 93901
https://www.facebook.com/events/289636564569450/

Saturday October 18, 2014
Big Mountain and Omani plus DJ Spleece @ Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1976&artist=Big_Mountain

Tuesday October 16, 2014
"Omani and Friends" host Reggae Night at Crow's Nest
Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, 2218 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 == (831) 476-4560
http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com

Friday September 19, 2014
Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band plus Omani @ Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
https://www.facebook.com/events/708005055936029/
http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=2002&artist=Yellowman

Saturday July 26, 2014
SLY and ROBBIE and THE TAXI GANG with BITTY MCLEAN and OMANI @ Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/149338741926907/
Moe's Calendar: http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1938&artist=Sly_&_Robbie_&_The_Ta...

Thursday July 18, 2013
NKULEE DUBE and OMANI @ Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/149338741926907/
Moe's Calendar: http://www.moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1196&artist=NKULEE_DUBE_+_Omani

Friday May 03, 2013
Omani and Pure Roots at Planet Gemini
2110 North Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-1449
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6163058875/eorg#
http://planetgemini.com
http://www.facebook.com/PureRoots
http://www.facebook.com/Omaniband

Friday March 29, 2013
Green Machine and Omani at Pissed Off Pete's in SF
4528 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94112 -- (415) 584-5122
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pissed-Off-Petes/107356512633325

Saturday March 09, 2013
Omani and Amha Selassie Baraka plus DJ Jah Yzer at Pier 23 in SF
on the Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94111 ~ ph: 415.362.5125
http://www.pier23cafe.com/events.php
https://www.facebook.com/events/164967960321733/

Saturday February 16, 2013
Omani with special guest Elias
at Planet Gemini in Monterey
Door open at 10:30 Show Starts at 11:00
https://www.facebook.com/events/478434512194367

Friday January 25, 2013
Coastal Sage and Omani @ Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
https://www.facebook.com/events/157718807709057/
http://moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1625&artist=Coastal_Sage_+_Omani

Saturday August 11, 2012
Omani returns to Casa Sorrento for a rare local show
http://www.casasorrento.com/

Friday July 20, 2012
Militia of Love and Omani at The Catalyst
http://www.catalystclub.com/

Thursday July 19, 2012
Central California Wine Industry Gala
Omani at Venteux Vinyards
http://www.venteuxvineyards.com/

Friday June 29, 2012
Romain Virgo, Pefect Gidimani, Prince Alla, Ikronik, and Omani at Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95060 -- (831) 479-1854
http://moesalley.com/artist.php?id=1406&artist=ROMAIN_VIRGO_&_Perfect

Saturday June 23, 2012
Omani and Ancestree at Pier 23
http://www.pier23cafe.com/events.php

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