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OMAR SANTANA

OMAR SANTANA

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Language: English

Omar Santana, innovator of the ‘Hard Hop’ sound, was inspired in the early 1980’s to pick up the DJ trade after watching DJ Jellybean Benitez. From that moment on, the Queens, New York native began to make a name for himself DJing as part of the Dynamic Rockers Crew and began working with the likes of Arthur Baker, Tommy Boy, and Sleeping Bag Records.

By the mid 80’s, Omar began remixing tracks for several rap artists: UTFO, The Boogie Boys, Stetsasonic and Mantronix. His superb DJ skills and stellar remix credits earned him a place as one of the infamous ‘Edit Kings.’ It is because of that title that Omar has gone on to work with some many noteworthy names in music. Artists like Public Enemy, Janet Jackson, Simply Red, Quincy Jones, The Rolling Stones, New Order, The Shamen and MC Ren of NWA, have all requested the talents of Omar at one time or another.

Unhappy with the current state of Trip Hop, Omar began his own record label, Tricked Out Recordings and its Hardcore affiliate, H2OH Recordings, six years ago. Since then, he has been releasing his own material as well as that of fellow Hardcore and Breaks DJs. Recently in the studio with John Kelley, Omar has helped create what hopes to become a Break Beat smash single for his re-launched Tricked-Out imprint with “Impending Doom”. Not just known for his ‘Trip Hop’ contributions, Omar has also successfully compiled the tracks for “Hardcorps”, contributed tracks to compilations such as “Bigger Dirtier Beats” as well as collaborating on the “Moonshine Overamerica 2000 the Music DJ Mixed”.

Moonshine has continued to document Omar Santana’s work for the past five years through all of his musical journeys—“Tricked Out”, “Hard Hop Tricked Out”, “Battle for Planet of the Breaks” and with his “Hardcore For The Headstrong” series. Throughout his adventures, he has become a true star of the American rave circuit, so much so that not only is Omar sponsoring his own events (“Headstong”), he is being recruited to help spearhead the Hardcore stages at a number of large events in the coming year.

Omar carries on with the tradition of his successful “Hardcore for the Headstrong” run by bringing you the latest installment “… The New Testament”. This set combines Omar’s unparalleled DJing skills with his impeccable ear for what his fans enjoy – the excitement of his live sets. Several of his own compositions mixed with those of Da Predator along with a number of tracks from Chosen Few, help create a pure feast for the Hardcore!

Omar wrote the book on Hardcore, and “Hardcore For the Headstrong, The New Testament” is a fantastic chapter in his latest manuscript.

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