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New VI band ‘OMG’ seeks more radio play

- Band’s following is growing thanks to social media; seeking to take it to the next level with launch of its own compositions
Ricky E. Connor – OMG band owner/manager/rhythm producer. Photo: Provided
The band has been in existence for one year now and is intent on making it to the very top of the entertainment pecking order. Not getting ahead of itself however, it knows that the long road is only now being travelled. Photo: Provided
The band has been in existence for one year now and is intent on making it to the very top of the entertainment pecking order. Not getting ahead of itself however, it knows that the long road is only now being travelled. Photo: Provided
Some of the band members. Photo: Provided
Some of the band members. Photo: Provided
One of the vocalists, Dante R. Wattley, doing his thing on stage. Photo: Provided
One of the vocalists, Dante R. Wattley, doing his thing on stage. Photo: Provided
OMG performing live recently. Photo: Provided
OMG performing live recently. Photo: Provided
Azani Osei Delsol – band leader/keyboard/arranger/producer/rhythm producer. Photo: Provided
Azani Osei Delsol – band leader/keyboard/arranger/producer/rhythm producer. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When one hears the term OMG especially in this age of texting and social media, it immediately brings to mind an exclamation about something shocking or amazing. However, for the purposes of this article, OMG means Our Music Group and it is the name of the newest band on the Virgin Islands scene.

The band has been in existence for one year now and is intent on making it to the very top of the entertainment pecking order. Not getting ahead of itself, however, it knows that the long road is only now being travelled.

“We have a following of basically younger and mature people. And we play all types of music. We play soca, calypso, and reggae. We are like a groovy band,” said manager of the band Ricky E. Connor in an exclusive interview with this news site.

Album coming

Band leader of OMG, Azani Osei Delsol said, “We are in the process of creating our own compositions right now but for the August Festival what we did is we covered other people’s tunes for the meanwhile. But in a week or two we will have our own compositions which we will be releasing on the radio and on the websites.”

He said the songs will be not that many so as to put an album together but some samples of the band’s work that they hope to get on the radio waves and on social media. “The album will be coming probably around March or April 2016,” he said.

Asked about the songs to be released he said these will mainly be calypsos and that there will be some soca and some zouk.

Connor said they are trying to put together a party mix to upload to Soundcloud. “It will be mostly the styles that we have. We will put together some different rhythms…put together our own stuff…put in a mixture so that people could get familiar with the band.”

He said it is surprising the growth of their following over the short months the band has been playing together.

“Everyone in the band is a seasoned musician,” he said. “It is a fairly new band that I put together and every time we play the following gets more and more. It is surprising us and we have been getting a lot of positive feedback,” said Connor.

“People have actually gone on various news sites commenting about us…on Facebook…everyone is saying that the band is up and coming and something to look out for,” said Connor.

Members of the band are Ricky E. Connor – band owner/manager/rhythm producer; Azani Osei Delsol – band leader/keyboard/ arranger/ producer/rhythm producer; Khari and Khadeem Fahie – lead vocals, bass guitarist/arranger; Juney ‘Bandz’ Huggins – keyboards; Dante R. Wattley – lead vocals; Roderick O’Neal of St Thomas, USVI – drummer, and Raul ‘Jugo’ Sprauve – engineer.

Festival Villages

“We played at all of the Villages…every one was a different one because there was a different energy…different crowd…different people. They all were spectacular…we liked all of them,” said Connor.

Asked what was special about the band to make people attracted to it, Connor said, “When I was putting together the band I looked for some of the best musicians that were out there and I put them together and the name actually came from our lead singer Dante R. Wattley. OMG means Our Music Group…our sound, our brand. And that is the concept that OMG is following. We try to make our own sound.”

“There is a lot of talent around here. I just took a few of them and put them together. It took a while as I had to hand pick each and every one of them and convince them to come,” he said.

The VI musical sound is changing

Connor believes that Virgin Islands soca is transforming from what it was and going more to a sort of ‘techno’ sound. “That is where music is going if you notice. A lot of the sounds is techno or R and B and you just take it and put it into soca or calypso. So that is where music is going for the Virgin Islands,” he said.

Connor shouted out to all of the local musicians, bands and artists in and around the Virgin Islands for their continued faith and support of the industry.

Air play is key to getting the band known

Speaking to this news site, Dante R. Wattley, one of the lead vocalists, said he knows the level that the band is aiming to be at and he does not believe that they are quite there just yet. “I would say if you rate VIBE as a 9, I would rate OMG a 6 or 7,” he said modestly.

“The next thing is to try to get the music on the radio because right now we don’t really have any tracks on the radio. So that is the next big step for the band and that is what we working on. From there the doors would just open wide. The radio is the highway to the world so once we get on the radio the band [will get the exposure it needs],” said Wattley.

The band members said that in the absence of radio air time, they use social media to the fullest extent possible to get their music out and to gauge the growth of their fan base.

For bookings please call 12843401818, 12844993746 or 13406903646 or email omgmusic@gmail.com.

40 Responses to “New VI band ‘OMG’ seeks more radio play”

  • Ayo (16/08/2015, 10:32) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I only know dem guys existed through Krazyhype video. nice work vino
  • ABC (16/08/2015, 10:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    All the best guys
  • foxy (16/08/2015, 10:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The band has come a long way
  • wize up (16/08/2015, 10:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    90.9FM plays all caribbean music; info@cbnbvi.com for more details ( we need VI Music to play)
  • ... (16/08/2015, 11:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    yea yea ricky
  • U speaking good. (16/08/2015, 11:26) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep playing, don`t watch the money as yet, get the music right, (big money will come)be on time, start on time, set up early, get the music set right, record at lease two tracks twice a year. The energy is good. I wish you all the best. Don`t ever let it become a one man or two man show--keep it as a team.
  • Big news band. (16/08/2015, 11:40) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I heard you all play, a few things still missing, keep playing, the more you play the tighter you will get, it will all come together. I wish you all the best though. I like to hear horns, good horns. Maybe Prime time and splash should join together and make one good brass band.
  • mrc (16/08/2015, 12:14) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    you getting there not a big band yet but you all keep pushing
  • big girl rules (16/08/2015, 19:01) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    dem dude could wuckup mehson
  • FREE ADVICE (16/08/2015, 21:00) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Them better sing and play songs with sense.
  • local musician (16/08/2015, 22:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get one them bias DJ to like you and you gone clear. Them Radio station, don`t play local, they all about Money, imagine in the heart of Carnival they playing Soul and Reggae.(strupes,nonsense) Push Local past an d present, hype up the festival, let visitors hear our music. I am asking local bands to take their time and record, Get good mix, get good lyrics, good melody. One day we will break through.
    • True (18/08/2015, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      u so right! not to bring STT STX & STJ in this but whenever u see carnival down there, the radio always playin carnival music only once in a blue moon u would hear anything else an if stx geh carnival all ova playin carnival chune they gettin the ppl around them hype for the festivities. this band sound iight but they gettin there.. keep up the good work
  • online (16/08/2015, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have made the news---That's huge--Good connections are important. Now its up to you to do good things
  • Voter Too (17/08/2015, 06:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @U Speaking Good-Good advice there. Team Work is the Best.
  • OMG (17/08/2015, 07:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bad Band
  • Girls (17/08/2015, 07:43) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    we have a dance group we will like to be the official OMG Girls
  • thing 2 talk (17/08/2015, 07:44) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    the underdogs (OMG) giving Showtime licks lol
  • lmao (17/08/2015, 07:45) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    licks alone showtime getting murder RIP boss and the showtime band
  • tola fan (17/08/2015, 07:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    OMG and vibe going be running things that OMG group them hungry look out for them good looks tho
  • OMG (17/08/2015, 07:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    OMG!!!!!!
  • rc (17/08/2015, 09:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for all the feed back we will take each and everyone of your feed back and work on it, thanks for taking the time out to help us thank you all!!!!!
  • yesi (17/08/2015, 09:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    thats wey to go OMG big moves u guys have potential
  • TOLA MASIVE (17/08/2015, 09:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    its nice i like the vybe in OMG they all have talent the singers are crazy
  • secreat crush (17/08/2015, 09:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Khadin oh my god like really omg he is so sexy....the things i will do to him
  • OMG (17/08/2015, 09:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    U guys need more drive and whats not its turn up time yall good lets do this
  • OMG (17/08/2015, 09:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    need to get in a big card i want
    to see a big OMG event jam our something u will get the support 100
  • Why?? (17/08/2015, 10:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why it have to be local bands against locals bands these days? I remember back in the days when Caribbean Ecstacy and Latitude Stars were around they weren't against eachother. They jump on bands from rock and it was all good and in fun, these days people be taking it literally.
    • VIBE FAN (17/08/2015, 15:15) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      thats the hipe keep we fans going the beef showtime is trash yow
  • Music Lover (17/08/2015, 11:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Glad to see Dante finally find a home , band could be good in the future ...needs a identity at this point they don't like a showtime band, Poizon ,vibe ,spectrum. I encourage them to be themselves and that identity will come
  • Resurrect (17/08/2015, 12:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lawd Xtreme dead again....and they jus managed to get one song out this season. Dante you're the man mehson!!
  • ohh mehn oh mehn (17/08/2015, 15:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    dante & Khadin going F%^k up the place mass
  • Aye (17/08/2015, 15:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    OMG IS THE BAND !!
  • lollll (17/08/2015, 19:46) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who is the treasurer, ELMO???
  • good job (18/08/2015, 10:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    its and amazing band looking like the next big band in the VI
  • OMG (18/08/2015, 10:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets do this some original songs lets go to work
  • thebest (18/08/2015, 12:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need a local band clash for close out.on the beach or festival grounds.lets c who can mash up the place the best.forward promoter big $$
  • Kermit (19/08/2015, 16:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    All jokes aside now, how many bands does dante really want to be in??? I think at this point the man needs to make up his mind.. Volume, Xtreme and now OMG? If he is apparently the face of all 3 plus bands how do they maintain a sense of personal identity when he sings the same ting in all 3 bands??? Further more this whole thing with bands sharing members doesn't look professional at all. How am i to take a band serious when they don't even take themselves serious????
    • Been A Fan (23/08/2015, 15:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sooo right lol lol, but money ga make cnt knock the man hustle i'm sure whoever he is he has kids to feed and if they allowing the slackness then oh well.. so long as they playin good music
  • Been A Fan (23/08/2015, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I been telling people this is a good band they usually play at Fantasea after the races, and the only time it wasn't the norm wasnt their fault.. these guys come in early set themselves up warm up a bit them come back in time always. The deserve a chance because they good, they dont bring around that young crowd that jus wants to fight and be seen whenever they play its always a good, give um a chance BVI


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