“Omegachild is the ultimate apex to audio-visual artists—something that’s been severely lacking in the current music climate” - AAA Backstage
“One-man wonder Omegachild serves up a potent instrumental brew as he brilliantly balances the duties of playing drums and keyboards simultaneously.” - TheMusic.com.au
“Drum-infused experimental techno that practically wrenches the room into another dimension, the punters lose their collective mind and descend into a boozy, euphoric danceathon.” - Society Of Sound
Omegachild is the solo project of Brisbane-based electronic producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Daniel Newstead.
Newstead fuses the raw emotion of his classical piano training with the primal physicality of his band days by playing live synths and drumming simultaneously. This led to the development of the Omegachild 'one-man-machine' live show. The show incorporates audio-activated projection and lighting to create a synesthetic music experience that not only challenges the limits of his own performance, but also explores the potential of technology to act as an extension of the human body.
In what begins as a stream-of-consciousness style that may borrow the instrumentation of heavy electronic music at the pace of industrial rock one day, the next will see Newstead’s muse tempting him into the introspection of ambient, classical cinematic textures, or the rhythm found by allowing the fingertips to translate the way kaleidoscope patterns rearrange themselves. Vocals weave in and out of the futuristic landscape not demanding attention away from the ‘one-man-machine’.
After years of primarily working as a producer and touring as a live drummer in various bands (playing notable support slots for luminaries such as Pop Will Eat Itself, Combichrist, Cog, and Sleepmakeswaves), Newstead reigned his talent back home, and, drawing heavily from his experiences of life as a musician in the digital age, redirected his primary focus toward electronic composition and the formation of the Omegachild project.
In 2014 Newstead journeyed to India with filmmaker Danny McShane. It was there, whilst transversing the countries mountainous terrains that the foundations of Omegachild's debut EP Postcards took form. McShane captured the entirety of this creative process, resulting in the vivid documentary film, Waiting for Postcards, accompanying the EP's release; a dual music-cinema event, which forms the initial patterning of Omegachild's highly ambitious audio-visual approach.
Omegachild began his live journey in 2015 and quickly started showcasing the unique show at warehouse parties in Brisbane and festivals around Queensland and Northern NSW including; The Australian Body Art Festival (QLD), Faraway Festival (NSW), Jungle Love Festival (QLD), Concrete Jungle, and Manifest (QLD).
This boundary-pushing approach quickly gained recognition and in 2016 Omegachild received the 'Best New Talent' award from the Brisbane City Council for his 360degree VR performance in The QUBE Effect.
Drifting away from channeling the beautiful landscapes of India on his 2014 documentary ‘Waiting For Postcards’, Omegachild explores a more virtual space on the soon to be released album ‘Youtopia’.
The album is a vivid spectre of our time. Stark beats and dense synth walls sketch out a dystopian terrain, but a spirited resistance slowly emerges, with critical vocal lines unveiling slithers of optimism and progress.
With an EP, documentary film, and a successful run of festival and warehouse gigs laying down the prelude of sorts, Omegachild stands poised and ready to launch into the next frontier of his musical saga. A performance at this year's Jungle Love Festival looms on the horizon, but the launch site is here and now. Enter Fifth Dimension and set your controls for the heart of an electronic sun.