2017 – What’s The Direction, Where Am I Heading?
2016 was a good year in hindsight but I can’t help but feel that there was a void that needed to be filled. No matter what life threw my way and some of the progress I made I can’t help but feel unfulfilled in some way. What’s the missing link, why do I feel as though I’m missing something, what could the missing piece be?
I conducted a few experiments at the tail end of 2016, once per month on average, in order to learn how processes worked. Satisfied with my aesthetic I’ve decided to do a bit of an identity swap so rather than continue to embody and be the Up In The Ear brand, creatively I’m who I am on civvy street Khalid Omari, the brand will be the company and umbrella which all tracks are released through. Not sure if you noticed some of the 2016 experiments on iTunes, Spotify or Tidal under the Where Is KO? name and released on Up In The Ear but that’s going to become more of a reality. Rather than be called Where Is KO?, I’m going to go by my actual first name Khalid Omari.
The preference behind changing everything is to be true to self. My name has powerful meaning and reverence, I believe it’s my duty to be totally transparent and not hide behind anything. I felt like when I didn’t know myself or was scared to use the force in the early years, that’s when I hid behind pseudonyms, monikers and alter egos but since coming face to face with my superpowers, in order for me to progress forward to next part of my life’s purpose I need to be totally transparent, not just in the content I create but the name I use.
Although I started out DJing and collecting songs first and foremost, I still shy away from calling myself a DJ. Sure I like to play music and mix songs together but I am a creator, an observer and writer foremost. Each passing moment I don’t spend writing, recording and creating music I feel lost and unfulfilled so this year I have made a conscious decision to make music the priority. I started the year as I meant to go on and in the lead up I couldn’t stop creating music, new sounds, experimenting with new flows and cadences, more importantly the content is sincere and reflects where I am in life and where I’m heading. There’s no braggadocio or how much dexterity I possess when wielding words on the microphone, I give you life; observation, reflection, philosophy, history, psychology, health, wellbeing, mindfulness, and theology. It’s pretty much the modern day and how I see it.
In 2016 I had a few projects going on between all the DJing but I didn’t make anything ground breaking, or at least think I did, but 2017 I will consciously strive to tie all of my loose creative and literary ends together. You’ll see me on a spoken word stage and most certainly be able to stream on services outside and of SoundCloud too. I’m excited because for the first time I actually feel like I’m bridging the gap between all of the things I like to do. I sit in front of my workstation and it all happens, whether I’m beating the drum pads or I’m mumbling on playback, it all comes together. I look at my secret playlist on soundcloud and see something that won’t stop expanding, it’s as if I’ve popped the lock to my Pandora’s box of possibilities, skills, crafts and ability to I’m let loose. Not to mention collaborative projects and releases, 2017 is going to be epic so look out for releases on Up In The Ear and Pull Up!
Here’s to a great year ahead where happiness and progression is the aim in all areas. I’ll never say never to anything, some things may catch you and I by surprise but not all things are planned, you’ve gotta enjoy the ride of this thing called life.
Peace and Love.