New Album: ADHD

April 01st, 2014

US customers please go to http://kubaoms.bandcamp.com/album/adhd
Canadian customers iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/adhd/id844484718

March 28th, 2014

Kuba Oms said if all his ducks were in a row, he would hit the road and tour for two years.  Photograph by: Handout

 

Kuba Oms plays the Canoe Brewpub (450 Swift St.) on Friday. Tickets are $5. Doors are at 9 p.m. He also plays the Ageless Living Expo and Gala on Saturday at Crystal Gardens. Tickets are $22.50. Show is at 8 p.m.


 

Kuba Oms has been on the verge of a major musical breakthrough numerous times over his career, only to have his plans derailed before anything concrete could come about.

In some ways, the Victoria native is glad stardom didn’t arrive years ago. “If I was striving to be famous today, I wouldn’t be able to keep on going,” Oms said. “It isn’t my motivation nowadays.”

When he was younger, music for Oms was about having fun. Moving beyond that and finding true musical inspiration was a big part of growing up, he said. Today, he’s happier now than he has ever been during his 20-year career.

Electrolove played a big role in that transition. Oms wrote the 2011 hit to unite the dance floor, which it did in large numbers thanks to more than 100 radio stations across Canada that have spun the track.

Released as a one-off two years after How Much Time, his solo debut, Electrolove represented a career rebirth for Oms, who had been at the helm of local collective Velvet for upwards of 15 years. Velvet hinted at a dance-friendly direction on occasion, though it was never fully explored in the same way it was on Electrolove. The success of the song took Oms to new heights, creatively and commercially, a feat he is eager to repeat with his forthcoming second album, ADHD.

Oms has spent the better part of two years working on ADHD, and put many of his other projects on hold — including a popular residency at Darcy’s Pub — to make sure he got every detail right. “We’ve been pretty much focused on getting this album done,” Oms said of the process.

“Now that it’s done, it’s time to start playing again.”

He will get that opportunity twice prior to ADHD’s official release on March 25.

Oms is playing the Canoe Brewpub on Friday and Crystal Gardens on Saturday in support of the album, which is being made available digitally on March 4 through kubaoms.com.

Oms, who currently splits his time between Victoria and Vancouver, joined together with Rotary Clubs of B.C. for a pre-sale promotion that sent 50 per cent of advance sales to Rotary youth leadership programs. Electrolove opened some doors for Oms, and he was more than happy to give a little back to his community.

His life will become more hectic in the weeks ahead, once ADHD (which was produced in part by Juno Award-winning Victoria producer Joby Baker) is in stores and on the radio. After years of stops and starts, Oms is ready for a new challenge.

“What we’d love to do is get on the road and tour. In a perfect world, and if all the ducks line up, I’d tour for two years straight. I know it’s a lot of work but I would do it. And I would love it.”

 

What made you further the direction of Electrolove on ADHD?

To do something on a more pop and commercial level was interesting. It has been fun. I had never really done that before.

 

Did having Joby Baker on board help in that regard?

Everyone knows him from his roots stuff with the Bills and Alex Cuba, but his intuitive funk and soul chops are second to none. He played drums, bass and keys; on some songs, he was the band.

 

What’s the story behind the title, ADHD?

During the recording of this album, I realized I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But considering the album is varied, and bounces all over the place, and is not focused on one streamlined sound, I think the title fit.

 

Did that diagnosis surprise you?

A lot of things make sense now. It was almost a relief. A lot of people have it, to varying degrees. I remember as a kid, my mom used to always think I had it, when it was called hyperactivity.

 

Is there a way to harness that in your line of work?

I either have a hard time concentrating on one thing for any length of time, or I have the ability to concentrate on it something to the point it is freaky. But I know that it is conducive to creativity. The creative process is a really strange thing. My way of doing things is to let it come, and when it comes, respect it and roll with it.

 

You’re using it to your advantage, it sounds like.

I didn’t go on medication. But I am retraining myself so that I don’t repeat the habits I have done for so long. If you are organized, you won’t get scattered.

 

Has your music changed as result?

The music doesn’t define me. It’s not who I am. A lot of people think that because I’ve done it for so long, this is who I am. It’s just what I do. That’s important.

 

So, if it ended today you would be OK with that?

What keeps me going is that it is still a lot of fun. But there are a lot of things that are more important to me than music, and those are who I really am as a human being. I don’t plan on quitting, but if I have that ability to feel that [I could quit], and be OK with it, that is empowering.

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Ageless Living

March 28th, 2014

Get Out Your Groove Shoes: Kuba Oms is Going to Make You Dance

Mar 2, 2014
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Born and raised in Victoria, Kuba Oms is a fixture of the Canadian music scene whose music crosses genre boundaries to create a style that’s all his own — and that’s sure to make any audience get up and dance. With his new album, ADHD, landing in stores (both online and off) in March and a feature performance scheduled for the Ageless Living Gala in Victoria on March 1, Kuba sat down with Ageless Living to talk about how his music has evolved, how he stays grounded while living the rock and roll life, and the best piece of advice he ever got from his dad.

It’s All About Making People Dance

“ADHD is an up-tempo electro-pop album along the lines of [hit single] ‘Electrolove.’ We had really good success on the radio with ‘Electrolove,’ and people really enjoyed that song, so I wanted to do a whole album in that general direction.
“Guests at the Ageless Living Gala will hear songs from the new album as well as old hits — it will be a real party vibe. People should definitely bring their groove shoes because there will be lots of dancing!”

Growing Up, Going (a Little) Grey, and Getting Deep

“I don’t like to sing a song that’s about nothing. I think it’s got to say something. It doesn’t have to be a political statement — it can be a love song — but it has to be something that’s really from the heart, that really resonates with people. That’s really changed as I’ve gotten older. I’ve always been keen on strong melodies, but now I have some pretty interesting content in terms of the lyrics.
“You grow up as you get older. I’ve got some grey hairs starting to slowly come in — and that’s cool with me.”

Finding Balance: It’s Not Rocket Science

“The key to really being happy with your life is balance. Eating well is a really important part of that. I make smoothies with all sorts of stuff like hemp seed hearts and flax seeds, and I eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Certain foods, I can just tell if they resonate with me or if they don’t.
“Yoga is also huge. It makes me much more sane in terms of going out and partying and abusing my body, and it makes me want to eat well. I find that the mind-body-spirit aspect of yoga really keeps me balanced.
“It’s not rocket science — you’ve been hearing it since you were a kid: You are what you eat, and you should exercise. It really makes a difference. I’m a culprit for not doing it sometimes, and that’s when I really get in a funk.”

Staying Fit at Home and On the Road

“Tennis is something I really enjoy, and I’m pretty good at it. I play with really good players when I play, so I get a pretty good workout.
“I also think sex is a really good way to stay balanced and fit and happy. It’s so often considered something that’s taboo or uncomfortable to talk about, but I think it’s natural — it’s the thing that creates all life, and that energy is in all of us. I think when you feel sexy and sexual your self-esteem is higher, and you feel fitter and more balanced.
“On the road, I might run into the gym and lift weights for 20 minutes and have a steam — that’s always a nice way to get the day going. But generally it’s a matter of just having a decent stretch in the morning, and making sure I don’t eat too many French fries!”

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 12.21.59 PMThe Book That Changed Everything

“Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now changed my life. I’ve bought 30 or 40 copies of that book for people. It’s not an easy read — it’s kind of intense stuff — but it’s really, really powerful.
“All the ancient philosophies pretty much say the same thing: not to live in the past or the future but to live in the present moment. Bring it back to your breath and try to clear the clutter that goes on in your mind, all the noise. Live in the present moment, try to live in the now. That’s the most important thing by far.”

A Final Word of Wisdom

“A laugh a day will keep the doctor away — I learned that from my dad. And have fun — smiling is huge. When I see smile lines, I find that really attractive.”
Kuba Oms’ new album ADHD will be available on iTunes and in record stores nationwide on March 4, with a preview available atwww.KubaOms.com. Pre-release copies will be available at Kuba’s performance at the Ageless Living Gala in Victoria on March 1. For more information about the Gala, or to buy tickets, visit agelesslivingexpo.ca

 

March 25th, 2014

↔Dear fellow Rotarians,It’s the final day of our campaign, and we wish to thank you all for your support. A big shout-out to RYLA Champion MaryAnne Arcand, who worked tirelessly to make sure RYLA grew and that these opportunities will continue to be available to youth in our communities. You will be missed and celebrated!

Big thanks to DG Garry ShearerChris OfferTanya HallCeilidh MillarJohn Charbonneau, all of the RYLA staff and Rotarians across our District for making this possible. The funds raised on our end will be put back in to RYLA programming and registration to ensure attendance at RYLA isn’t inhibited by cost.
If you haven’t had a chance to donate, it’s not too late! The campaign ends at MIDNIGHT tonight, so don’t delay: www.kubaoms.com
Yours in Rotary,
Ross Birchall
Rotary Club of Prince George & RYLA District 5040

Feature Article: Times Colonist

March 24th, 2014

Concert For Home Help and Home

October 24th, 2012

We are playing a very special fundraiser on Thursday Oct 25th with my Alex Cuba in Victoria, BC.

All door proceeds got to the wonderful organization Community Living Victoria.

Get your tickets here: http://theconcertforhopehelphome.com/

RIFFLANDIA

September 18th, 2012

Man! What a festival! My fave acts were Macklemore, a seatte based rapper that is literally on the verge of superstardom. The Flaming Lips had huge set accompanied by the best digital visuals I have ever seen. Canadian band, Mother Mother (from Vancouver island) closed the festival like seasoned pros. I foresee arena's in the near future for this ridiculously good Canadian band.

 

Radio Adds!

August 27th, 2012

We are excited to let you know that Beautiful Uncertainty (Redux) as been added to radio playlists in some very cool cities in Canada including Toronto (CHUM FM and Proud), Vancouver (The Beat and SONiC), Victoria (KOOL), Kamloops (The River), Red Deer (Kraze) among others. Please feel free to request the song and we expect many more stations across the county to get on board over the coming weeks. Also,  look forward to the kinetic typography video which drops any day now.

 

xo

 

ko

Beautiful Uncertainty (Redux): Summer Song Drops To Radio!!

July 16th, 2012

The "redux" of Beautiful Uncertainty drops to radio in Canada today! We retooled the song with a very modern production approach, inspired by some of the top producers in the world. Thanks to Davey Baiuk for putting your amazing energy and production style into this piece. We're really excited for you to hear this cranked on the airwaves --- we'll be touring to to your town soon;)

xoxoox

ko

Artwork by Krista Lomax

 

Tall Tree Festival

July 16th, 2012

The album is almost finished.. woo hoo! In the meantime, we will be dropping a new single to radio which you're going dig;) We're beginning reahersals soon and, if you live in Canada, we will be touring to your city in October...xoxoxo

Photo by Sam Thom: Tall Tree Music Festival June 22, 2012 

 

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