Omar Apollo, born Omar Velasco, is a Mexican-American singer/songwriter from Indiana. He makes pop music with r&b/jazzy vibes.
Apollo comes from his middle name, Apolonio. He played guitar in church when he was young, but quit because he didn’t like the music they played. When he was 11 or 12 his parents bought him a guitar for his birthday, but it was an electric guitar and there was no amp. He traded this in for an acoustic guitar that he learned to play on YouTube. A newer guitar he’d bought, later on, got stolen when he was 15 and it took him a couple of years to get a new one and get back into playing. He then also learned how to sing on YouTube, after receiving criticism on his voice from his dad and friends. Omar attended Indiana University Northwest but dropped out two weeks in because he felt like he was supposed to be doing something else and wanted to focus on music.
Bursting into the ether with his breakout single 'Ugotme' in 2017, the fast-rising artist went on to release his debut EP Stereo the following year. This year, he unveiled his sophomore EP Friends and performed sold-out headlining tours in North America.
Mexican-American singer Omar Apollo will bring his eclectic blend of jazz, R&B, funk and pop music to Tokyo on 29th February