Port loses his Master’s voice
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