Omid Master

Acoustic/Folk/Pop Solo artist and band

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Omid Master was raised in Melbourne Australia. At 7years of age Master was invited to join the Australian National Boys Choir and his interest for music began. At 9 years of age he was given a guitar as a reward for taking an operation for removal of tonsils and he began private guitar lessons. During childhood Master would hear his older brother playing scales on the piano over and over and he developed an ear for music.

In high school he met a drummer who learnt of Master’s ability to play electric guitar so they formed a band Engine Room and soon were playing shows at schools bars and Baha’i events. The drummer and the lead guitarist would write songs with Master. During these years Master was inspired by The Police, Midnight Oil, INXS, The Doors Jimi Hendrix, Sapndau Ballett, David Bowie, Dire Straits, the work of Nile Rogers, and his late friend of the family jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Master studied a Bachelor of business Accounting at Ballarat University College where he opened for acts such as the Collin Haye Band (Men at Work) Painters and Dockers and Hunters and Collectors at the union nights. He later transferred to and finished a bachelor of business Marketing at Monash University in Melbourne doing his honors thesis on the music industry. At the same time his band Engine Room was playing at hotels and venues such as the Corner Hotel and the Punters Club. He studied voice with David Jaanz, the William Bates Academy of Acting and The Melba Conservatorium of music. He joined the Melbourne Swing Choir as a tenor and performed at shows such as with Jon English on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. He had private song writing lessons with Greg John Maccainsh from the Sky Hooks and Beeb Birtles from Little River Band.

During his twenties he was playing regular shows with Engine Room who won the battle of the bands contest at the Palace in Melbourne and were picked up by triple J radio first cuts. He then joined a cover band known as Crazy Haus followed by joining hard power grove original band Freakshow. Co-writing around 20 songs Freakshow quickly built up a following playing at Hell Club in Melbourne packed out shows at Chasers nightclub and a sell out independent EP launch at the Esplanade Hotel.

Master left his job in Melbourne and having traveled to Port Douglas noticed a very busy scene for live music. He decided that this would have the potential of full time music so moved in 2001. After the move he played one show at the Court House hotel only to find he was to learn 4 hours worth of cover songs to get the gig and he had only one hours worth So for one year he played at Mojos in Mossman and built up his repertoire of songs and returned to regular playing at over 4 different pubs and clubs and numerous resorts in Port Douglas.

He independently recorded at Nigel Pegrum of Steeleye Span recording studio in Cairns. With only independent promotion by Master himself the album made it into the ARIA charts in the first week of release. His second album progressed to the top ten new releases on the Waterfront record label for 4 weeks running. Promotion was done independently through live shows ranging form playing live on Zinc FM, Port FM, 4 CA FM ABC Far north and ABC Radio Australia to opening for Jessica Mauboy at the Townsville Cultural Fest to shows at the Tanks opening for Lior and Richard Clapton.

Master currently finds work for himself and is often contacted via his web page and Entertainment Cairns. He is playing at venues around Port Douglas, for the Cairns Regional Council on the Esplanade Stage for the Tanks Arts Center and for private functions. His latest show was opening for Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Tanks Arts Centre. He also played at the 2015 Tableland Folk Festival and has performed at the Yungaburra Hotel for the promotion of the festival during the year.

Master has been a full writer member of APRA since 1986 and has written over 100 songs. In 2005 Master’s song everything is okay was selected as the first theme song for the port Douglas Carnviale and he performed it on national shows Sunrise and Today with positive responses from all around the country. His song was used again to in 2014 to celebrate 20 years of Port Douglas Carnivale.

Master is now has a library of songs many of which are very popular with live audiences singing along such as Dream about you. He is sitting on a number of hits that need to be released to the public. Many of which can be used by teen pop bands movies and TV shows.

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Set list
The following covers with some of his best album songs mixed in:

Bruno Mars
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
LAZY SONG

Various Artists
WILD THING MASH UP: CHEER LEADER, CENTREFOLD, LOUIE LOUIE, WILD THING, ANGEL

The Lumineers
HO HEY

Daft Punk
GET LUCKY

Vance Joy
RIPTIDE

Pete Murray
OPPORTUNITY

Al Green
LET’S STAY TOGETHER

Michael Buble
LOVE

Jack Johnson
WISHING WAITING TAYLOR
Plain White Ts
DELLIALAH
Spandau Ballet
GOLD
Thompson Twins
HOLD ME NOW
Snow Patrol
CHASHING CARS
Damien Rice
BLOWER’S DAUGHTER

Prince
PURPLE RAIN

Robbie Williams
BETTER MAN

Sunny Boys
Alone with you

Band and solo Songs: U2 – WITH OR WITHOUT YOU STREETS ALL I WANT IS YOU DESIRE Hunters and Collectors - THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME
The Police - MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE ROXANE Bob Marley - IS THIS LOVE Crowded House - BETTER BE HOME SOON WHETHER WITH YOU
Hoodoo Gurus – WHATS MY SCENE LIKE WOW WIPE OUT Paul Kelly - TO HER DOOR LOVIN ON MY MIND The Beatles –
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE TWIST AND SHOUT STANDING THERE BLACK BIRDS Bob Dylan - HEAVEN’S DOOR WATCH TOWER Jimi Hendrix - PURPLE HAZE HEY JOE
Santana - EVIL WAYS BLACK MAGIC WOMAN

Billy Joel - YOU MAY BE RIGHT PIANO MAN The Doors - LOVE ME TWO TIMES ROAD HOUSE BLUES GLORIA LIGHT MY FIRE Neil Diamond - CHERRY BABY SONG SUNG BLUE SWEET CAROLINE Pink Floyd - BRICK IN THE WALL WISH YOU WERE HERE INSTRUMENTAL Stevie Ray Vaughan
THE SKY IS CRYING

Chuck Berry - JOHNY B GOOD SCHOOL DAYS Elvis – LOVE ME TENDER ARE YOU LONSEOME JAIL HOUSE ROCK BLUE SUEDE SHOES SUSPICIOUS MINDS HEART BREAK HOTEL AC/DC TNT
LONG WAY TO THE TOP HIGH VOLTAGE
Seal KISS FROM A ROSE Dire Straights ROMEO AND JULLIET

Violent Femmes BLISTER IN THE SUN PROVE MY LOVE
80s AND PARTY CLASSICS
500 MILES MUSTANG SALLY KISS I FEEL GOOD LA BAMABA KNOCK ON WOOD FAITH OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU BELIEVER TAINTED LOVE REALLY GOT ME SATISFACTION SELECTION FO SONGS FROM HIS ALBUMS EVERYTHING IS OKAY I COULD BE THE ONE DAINTREE DANCING
DO YOU ONLY SHINE
I WONT BURN
WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES
DREAM ABOUT YOU
Influences
All types of pop funk and jazz.
Gig Highlights
Opened for Michael Franti and Spearhead 1th April 2015 https://www.facebook.com/michaelfranti/photos/a.136119336359.120577.10364496359/10152691870631360/?type=1

Master has also opened for Jessica Mauboy, Eskimo Joe, Lior Ash Grunwald, Richard Clapton and more.

The title track for his first album Everything is okay was the first ever theme song for the Port Douglas Carnivale and in 2014 used as the anniversary celebration song

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