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Meet DAYO OMAI

Today we’d like to introduce you to DAYO OMAI.

DAYO, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was originally born in London. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria in a household with all my relatives and extended family members, who all had a love and passion for music. So naturally, I obtained that same love and joy. I fell in love with music at an early age, my dad would take my brother, cousins and me to the market and we would buy up to a 100 pirated CD’s ranging from different music genres. I listened to various artists like Kenny G, Tupac, Nas, Ludacris, Toni Braxton, Eminem and many more.

I remember being ten years old, writing music, writing songs, dancing, and rapping to every beat I heard. Ever since then music became more than a hobby, it became part of my identity. It’s my passion. And In a way It’s therapeutic, keeps me sane. Although I’m not where I want to be, I have come a long way from where I first started and I believe and trust the process and will not ever give up.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been an easy road. As an independent artist in the music industry, you encounter many ups and downs. I’ve experienced a lot of fake love. Certain people want to be associated with you for reasons that are beneficial to them, It not genuine support. One of my biggest struggles is getting the afro-beat sound on a much global scene not just in Miami but in the states.

The Caribbean and Spanish communities have a huge following down here in Miami. One of my goals is to have the same impact and influence with my sound, artistic style and music. my sound is unique and authentic. At times it can be challenging to get some people to vibe with it because it’s something people are not used to or haven’t seen yet.

This is a challenge I accept and always be willing to accept. In the long run, I believe people will gravitate to my sound and energy. it’s only a matter of time, you’ll see.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in being the best I can be which is reaching my full potential and just putting out good music. I believe my versatility is what sets me apart from most artists. You can hear me on a hip hop track and the next minute you’ll see me on an afro-beat record speaking a completely different language with a different flow.

I am known for my creative sound, flow and stage presence. During my performances, I like to get the crowd involved. I believe crowd participation is a major key in putting on a successful show. from little things like eye contact, shaking hands while performing or having the crowd chant my name and so on. All that goes a long way and people gravitate to you a little more.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Miami is a good place for business. It is a very diverse city, especially when it comes to music. I believe anyone can find their niche in whatever they are doing. But getting genuine support and love can be very hard to come around.

I’ve established and built a lot of business relationships in the music industry, but I won’t lie it wasn’t easy at all. I’ve had songs stolen from me, wrote for people and never got paid. But life goes on.

Overall we just need to do a better job of supporting our local artist. we have a lot of talent down here but its the lack of support that we need to discard. I believe that once we (the people of Miami) let the music speak for itself, it can bring the city together in a way we have never seen before.

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Vanessa Simplice

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