Port loses his Mas­ter’s voice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Gizelle Ghidella

IT’S been a magic car­pet ride for Port’s Omid Mas­ter, who’s been a lo­cal for 16 years.

It’s the es­teemed mu­si­cian and car­pet re­tailer’s fi­nal cur­tain call as he packs up shop to pur­sue his mu­sic ca­reer.

Omid plans to move to Mel­bourne and then tour around Europe and the United States.

“Ap­par­ently in Europe I’m get­ting ra­dio air­play so I’ll have to go over there and see for my­self,” Omid said.

“It’s go­ing to be a mod­est tour.

“I might as well go over there and play, sell some records and have some fun on the way.

“I cant wait, its been my dream – one door closes and an­other one opens as they say.

“I’ve got mixed feel­ings about leav­ing,” Omid said. “This’ll al­ways be home. “I’ve had the best life­style here.

“Thanks to Port Dou­glas I’ve been set up to be a solo artwhy ist so I can play any­where,” he said.

At one stage Omid was play­ing mu­sic for a year full time as a way to earn an in­come, “that’s when I be­came good at my mu­sic,” he said.

Omid came ar­rived in Port 16 years ago to use up his fre­quent flyer points but ended up stay­ing and to vol­un­teer in schools around the Shire.

He opened up his car­pet shop not long af­ter, fol­low­ing his fam­ily’s busi­ness.

“Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand the shop sur­vived so long, it’s mainly be­cause I spe­cialise in hand­made car­pets and my prices are re­al­is­tic,” he said.

“It’s sad to be leav­ing, but I feel like it’s God’s will and I’ll be able to tour and fo­cus on my mu­sic be­cause it’s sud­denly taken off.

Na­dine from the Pink Com­pany was able to get Omid an ex­tra month on his lease.

“She helped me get an ex­tra month and I’m grate­ful for that be­cause July is prob­a­bly my big­gest month of the year, so now I’m leav­ing on the 31st,” Omid said.

Omid’s mu­sic is played in 31 dif­fer­ent coun­tries around Europe and he’s get­ting played more than 1000 times per week in Amer­ica.

But he’s happy to have had some lo­cal ex­po­sure too. “I’m grate­ful my mu­sic was played on Port FM,” he said.

You can catch Omid rock­ing out the Ex­change in Moss­man to­mor­row and on July 22, at Paddy’s on July 15 and his farewell show on Au­gust 4.


Omid Mas­ter and Polo pre­pare to move to Mel­bourne af­ter 16 years in Port

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