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Cued Up is Highsnobiety’s celebration of upcoming talent. Within these stripped down performances, we spotlight a rising artist who is bringing something new to the world of music and capturing our hearts, minds, and ears. This week, we’re featuring Omar Apollo, a Latinx singer-songwriter and producer blurring genre lines in the midwest.

Indiana-based singer-songwriter and producer Omar Apollo’s career has taken off quickly, with fans around the world falling in love with his warm, homespun blend of funk, R&B, lo-fi indie rock, and Latinx rhythms. He’s gone from bedroom musician to rising star by the age of 21 and become one of the midwest’s most exciting young artists.

With the Friends and Stereo EPs under his belt, a song on the Skate Kitchen film soundtrack, collaborations with the likes of Cuco and Still Woozy, and his own sold-out headlining tours, Apollo is on the brink of completely blowing up. Following a recent string of shows, he dropped by Highsnobiety‘s New York office to perform stripped down versions of “Kickback” and “Friends.”

While you’re here, revisit our 2018 profile on how Apollo is the multi-talent blurring genre lines. For more episodes of Cued Up, peep our previous session with Yeek right here.

Words by Sydney Gore
Life & Culture Editor

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