SINGER SONGWRITER ENTERTAINER

SUMMARY

Omid Master was born in Shiraz Persia now known as Iran and his family moved to Australia when he was 2 years of age. 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. His mother who had a fine voice for Persian chanting encouraged him to learn and perform.  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 had lost 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 2009 Master 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. His distribution agreement with Green Media was for three years but he can release through them at anytime or can move to a major whenever he likes.  Master also various hotels in Melbourne and Sydney to promote the albums.

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.

For tour dates go to http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/omidmaster

BOOKINGS: Tel 0418 900 990  omid@omidmaster.com