Omid Walizadeh

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Omid Walizadeh
Also known as Omid, OD
Born Chicago, Illinois[1]
Origin Long Beach, California[1]
Genres Instrumental hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Producer
Instruments Sampler, synthesizer
Years active 1998-present
Labels Beneath the Surface
Mush Records
Alpha Pup Records
Associated acts Project Blowed
Website Omid Walizadeh on SoundCloud

Omid Walizadeh, also known as Omid or OD, is a hip hop producer based in Long Beach, California.[2] He has produced tracks for the likes of Freestyle Fellowship,[3][4] Busdriver,[5][6] 2Mex,[7] Subtitle,[8] and Awol One.[9]

History[edit]

Omid Walizadeh graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor's degree in recording arts. He has produced tracks since 1992.[10]

Inspired by the underground hip hop movement at the Good Life Cafe in the early 1990s, he released a collaborative album, Beneath the Surface, in 1998. It featured over 30 rappers, mainly from Los Angeles.[11][12]

His solo debut album, Distant Drummer, was released on Beneath the Surface in 2002.[13] It was inspired by Dan Simmons' novel Hyperion, the music of Sun Ra, among other things.[10]

In 2003, he released the album, Monolith, on Mush Records.[14] It featured contributions from the likes of Abstract Rude, 2Mex,[15] Buck 65,[16] Luckyiam, Aceyalone, Murs, and Slug.[17] The title comes from Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2010: Odyssey Two.[18]

In 2007, he released the instrumental album, Afterwords 3, on Alpha Pup Records.[19]

He is the music supervisor of This Is the Life, a documentary film which chronicles the Good Life Cafe.[20][21]

In 2013, he returned with Modern Persian Speech Sounds.[1]

Style and influences[edit]

In a 2003 interview, Omid Walizadeh talked about his music making process: "90% of my music is sample based, but I tweek and rearrange and change the samples to my bidding. Just taking a note here and a drum hit there and creating a whole different arrangement."[18]

He uses an Ensoniq ASR-10, Yamaha CS1x, and Pro Tools.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Beneath the Surface (1998)
  • Distant Drummer (2002)
  • Monolith (2003)
  • Afterwords 3 (2007)
  • Modern Persian Speech Sounds (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Percussion Precaution" b/w "Rush" (2002)

Productions[edit]

  • Busdriver - "Overshadow" from Memoirs of the Elephant Man (1999)
  • Self Jupiter - "OD's Swing" "It Was on This Night" "When the Sun Took a Day Off and the Moon Stood Still" from Hard Hat Area (2000)
  • Scarub - "Savvy Traveler" from Heavenbound (2000)
  • Radioinactive - "Una Cosa" from Pyramidi (2001)
  • 2Mex - "Percussion Percaution" "Offering" from B-Boys in Occupied Mexico (2001)
  • Busdriver - "Jazz Fingers" from Temporary Forever (2002)
  • Sach - "Illustrations (Remix)" from Suckas Hate Me (2002)
  • Freestyle Fellowship - "Can You Find the Level of Difficulty in This?" "Got You on the Run" "Desperate" "Once Again" from Shockadoom (2002)
  • Neila - "Unintentional Violence" from Vertical Trees with Eternal Leaves (2003)
  • Writer's Block - "Sunset Limited" "Situations" from En Route (2004)
  • Neila - "Rules" "Operating Instructions" from For Whom the Bells Crow (2004)
  • Awol One - "Memowrecks" from Self Titled (2004)
  • Sach - Sach 5th Ave (2004)
  • 2Mex - "Alive-A-Cation" "Only As Good As Goodbye" "The Return of Fernandomania" "Ghost Memo" "Escape the Toyota Matrix" from 2Mex (2004)
  • Busdriver - "Reheated Pop!" from Fear of a Black Tangent (2005)
  • Subtitle - "Leave Home" from Young Dangerous Heart (2005)
  • SonGodSuns - "Minors into Fire" from Over the Counter Culture (2005)
  • Ellay Khule - "Califormula Mix" "Needle Skipping" "Fading Rhythms" "Very Latest Styles" "Time" "Call Me Khule" from Califormula (2005)
  • Escape Artists - "E Pur Si Muove" from EA3 (2005)
  • Subtitle - "Let's Get Lit" from Terrain to Roam (2006)
  • Acid Reign - "Comfort Zone" from Time & Change (2006)
  • Busdriver - "Me-Time (With the Pulmonary Palimpsest)" "Unsafe Sextet/Gilded Hearts of Booklovers" from Jhelli Beam (2009)
  • Friday Night - "Friday Night Fever (Omid Remix)" from Friday Night Remixed (2010)
  • Nomadee - "Forever" from Daydreams (2011)
  • Freestyle Fellowship - "Introduction" "This Write Here" from The Promise (2011)
  • Thirsty Fish - "Home Movies" (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jeff Weiss (December 25, 2013). "Omid Mines Music From the Streets Of Iran". LA Weekly.
  2. ^ Jessica Holland (February 9, 2014). "Omid Walizadeh's new album mixes hip-hop with music from the pre-Iranian Revolution era". The National.
  3. ^ Sam Chennault (July 14, 2002). "Freestyle Fellowship: Shockadoom". Pitchfork Media.
  4. ^ Thomas Quinlan (October 18, 2011). "Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise". Exclaim!.
  5. ^ Rollie Pemberton (March 8, 2005). "Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent". Stylus Magazine.
  6. ^ Daniel Levin Becker (August 12, 2009). "Busdriver - Jhelli Beam". Dusted Magazine.
  7. ^ Steve 'Flash' Juon (May 4, 2004). "2Mex - 2Mex - Paladin Creative/Image Entertainment". Rap Reviews.
  8. ^ Erik Otis (October 25, 2011). "Giovanni Marks aka Subtitle drops an exclusive mix with Sound Colour Vibration". Sound Colour Vibration. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Thomas Quinlan (July 2004). "Awol One - Selftitled". Exclaim!.
  10. ^ a b c Tadah (January 13, 2002). "Omid Interview 2002". Urban Smarts.
  11. ^ "Earth Night in Long Beach". Reality Sandwich. April 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "Interviews: OD / Omid". Erasoul. Summer 2002.
  13. ^ DJ Anna (March 26, 2003). "Distant Drummer". XLR8R. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011.
  14. ^ "OMID Monolith". The Milk Factory. December 2003.
  15. ^ J-23 (January 10, 2004). "Omid - Monolith". Hip Hop DX.
  16. ^ Jennifer Kelly (December 10, 2003). "Omid: Monolith". Splendid Magazine.
  17. ^ Rollie Pemberton (November 18, 2003). "Omid: Monolith". Pitchfork Media.
  18. ^ a b Tadah (September 1, 2003). "Omid Interview 2003". Urban Smarts.
  19. ^ "Alpha Pup fall slate: edIT, Daedelus, Carlos Nino". Plug One. September 11, 2007.
  20. ^ Billyjam (March 9, 2009). "AMOEBA'S MONDAY MOVIES @ SPACE 15TWENTY: THIS IS THE LIFE". Amoeba.
  21. ^ Andrew Barker (March 10, 2009). "This Is the Life". Variety.

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