Born in Indiana to Mexican parents, Omar Apollo quickly disappointed his parents who had moved to the United States to give him better opportunities by leaving university just two weeks after starting his first year. But he had a plan: to concentrate on that guitar that he had been playing since he was 12 years old and which had opened the doors of soul, R&B and later jazz to him. So he gave up his studies and started writing his own songs. His references: D’Angelo, Los Panchos, Elliott Smith, Paul Simon, Gary Numan and Joao Gilberto. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer is nothing. Omar Velasco (his real name) is only twenty years old and has just one self released EP, Stereo (2018), as well as a handful of singles and a second EP on the horizon, but like his peers Rex Orange County and Cuco, his stylistic versatility is infinite. As is his linguistic versatility -the boy is totally at ease using both English and Spanish in his lyrics… and sometimes even mixes them. All of this gliding through intimate sound atmospheres that are bursting with exquisite melodies, echoes of funk, jazzy grace and R&B finesse.
His songs have tens of millions of plays and he is destined to become one of the sensations of the imminent SXSW 2019, this first Spanish tour by Omar Apollo will be a unique opportunity to see him in small venues.