Most people would be glad to have either smarts or sex appeal or a sense of timing; to have all three would make one positively giddy. That must be why DJ Omi has such a wide smile on her well-chiseled face. See, not only is this chick good with a beat, but also she's got both brains and beauty backing her play. And that's a happy combination for anyone.
Yeah, you might say Bronx-born DJ Omi has it all. But that would imply you had room to wedge a word in edgewise. And there ain't much talkin' on the dance floor, not when DJ Omi is in the booth, anyway. Then, everything is set on move.
DJ Omi's first spin was seven years ago at New York's Dorsia (named for the exclusive eatery in Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho). And for a few years, Dorsia was the place for the hip to hit on any given Saturday night, and much of that hit can be attributed to DJ Omi. From there, she swung through a quick succession of Big Bad Apple hot spots, including Pink Elephant, before finally taking a stand at Marquee five years ago.
DJ Omi: Battle Royal, vs. DJ Jessica Who? Thursday, July 23. Opium Hard Rock, 5729 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Doors open at 11 p.m., battle begins at 1:30 a.m. Cover is $20, free for the industry. Ages 21+ with ID. 954-327-9094; opiumhardrock.com
But even a borough as bustling as Manhattan can't kick up enough action for this lady head spinner. So when an international booking agent came calling, Omi answered at once. By the time she got back from Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Sri Lanka, Omi had the world-class cred she was looking for. And of all the faraway lands Omi set her spin in, she still digs Hong Kong most. Well, most after Miami Beach, that is.
Yep, that's right, DJ Omi is transitioning down to our town. And if the crowd that came out to hear her spin at Dream this past July 10 is any indication, it's not a moment too soon. The party was called F.U.B.A.R., an ongoing series at the club that's become a primary stage for some of the world's best house DJs.
That's why Artist Related booked Omi to play there. And that's where her sexy mix of mashup seemed to be built from a home hewn in Heaven. Omi played the likes of CeCe Peniston, Stephanie Carcache, Ralphi Rosario, Britney, and Billie Ray Martin, and each and every one of those collisions sent the crowd into the clouds. By the time Omi dropped in a flip of the Veronicas' "Untouched" and Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," there wasn't a place on Earth that could contain its joy.
Of all the clubs and all the crowds, though, DJ Omi seems most proud about getting the nod from former President Bill Clinton. The night-crawling ex-commander-in-chief first heard Omi at Gotham Hall, where she was handling the beats for Esquire's 75th anniversary party. And after that night, he had his people invite her to do the same for a fundraiser over at Hammerstein Ballroom. Omi now counts herself as the Clinton Global Initiative's resident DJ.
This Thursday at Opium Hard Rock, DJ Omi will face off against local favorite DJ Jessica Who? for a full-on Battle Royal. It's a perfect opportunity for South Florida's electro-friendly house crowd to get with our newest resident DJ — and a damn good way to get lost in the happy sound of right now. You ready to smile?
DJ Omi's current top five:
1. "Walking on a Dream (Kaskade Remix)," Empire of the Sun
2. "Need the F*cking Best," Drake vs. Laidback Luke vs. DJ Omi
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3. "Sex on Fire (I Am Sam & Sam Gee Remix)," Kings of Leon
4. "Bottles Flying," J Mello
5. "She Loves Me," Serani