Captain Tea, aka Tarik Omar, had his first foray into music more than 20 years ago, when he studied classical violin and piano as a child. “By the time I reached my 20s I had gotten a little too into Radiohead,” he tells us. “It totally pulled me into the world of electronica.” He learned how to play the synth and dove head-first into production, eventually trying his hands on the DJ decks, and co-founded Boho Baha, creating a platform for local music artists like himself.
As a lover of non-commercial music, it’s been quite a challenge for Omar to get where he is today. “I can be fairly stubborn when it comes to compromising on that, which taught me that finding gigs aren’t the real challenge I needed to address – it was finding or creating my audience.” This was one of the main reasons he got Boho Baha going. “I didn’t want other musicians to have to struggle as much as I did to find their audience.” Omar, however, has since moved in his own direction and is now focusing more on his DJ persona, Captain Tea.
“I play a hybrid DJ/live show now that utilises a drum machine and some synths and stuff alongside the music I play.”
His influences come from across the world, and from every genre, from funk to jazz to house to swing, and his groovy sets are real crowd-pleasers.