Omar Apollo Wants to Inspire Young Latinx Musicians to ‘Go Crazy’

Two years ago, Omar Apollo was sitting in the attic where he was living in the small town of Hobart, Indiana, with his guitar and laptop. He recorded a two-minute marvel of achingly tender R&b called “Ugotme,” which a friend persuaded him to upload to Spotify. The next day, the song was on the service’s “Fresh Finds” playlist. Fifteen million streams and two years later, Apollo’s oeuvre also includes two EPs, 2018’s Stereo and 2019’s Friends.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, born Omar Velasco to immigrants from Guadalajara, Mexico,

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