Artists to Watch – A Day in the Life of Cam O'bi

What's up Digilogue Fam! We're back with another installment of Artists to Watch: Class of 2021, and this time we had the pleasure of talking to Cam O'bi, a singer-songwriter and producer out of Las Vegas.

Having worked with major artists like J. Cole and SZA, you probably have heard a song produced by Cam O'bi at some point. Especially if you're familiar with Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap, Vic Mensa's Innanetape, and Noname's Telefone—a majority of the tracks being produced by O'bi.

Now, branching off as an artist in his own right, we sat down with Cam O'bi and talked about what the transition from being behind-the-scenes to being front-and-center has been like for him, working on his album, and drawing inspiration from cartoons and video games. Make sure to check out the entire interview, live now via our Digilogue YouTube!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what A Day in the Life looks like for Cam O'bi, including practicing Tai Chi in the mornings, learning how to homestead, and winding down with a series of books.

A Day in the Life of Cam O'bi

Photo credit: Jack McCain (@jackmckain)

Morning window: 6:30 – 9:00 am: Every day I wake up, I check in with myself to determine what I need. If there’s someone around like a friend or relative, I check in with them too. This is usually Yoga or Tai Chi (or both), breakfast, prayer, and a walk outside. If there is something specific that needs to be done, I tend to that as well.

Photo credit: Lamont Robertson II (@lamontphoto)

Middle of the day: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm: After the morning routine, I shift my focus toward whatever projects I have going on. The projects that I am working on are all connected to the fulfillment of my dreams in some way. So whatever is going to bring me closer to my dreams, is how I spend my time and energy. It can be a music or art project, an exercise practice, building something, etc. Right now, I’m working on an album, teaching myself to draw, and learning how to homestead. I dedicate time & energy to at least one of these things each day. Depending on what it is, this time can go by without me realizing it.

Photo credit: Lamont Robertson II (@lamontphoto)

Supper & wind-down window: 5:00 – 8:00pm: My evenings vary depending on what I’m doing that day. But I tend to have dinner between 6pm and 9pm. The morning and the evening is when I spend time mindfully cooking. I like to eat without any distractions, so no phone or laptop nearby. Right now, I’m visiting my girlfriend at her place, so dinner every night is sitting with her at the table with a few candles lit while we chat or laugh about whatever is on our heart and mind. Every meal of the day is preceded by a mindful, improvised prayer of gratitude for whatever I feel grateful for in the moment.

Photo credit: Jasmine Y. Osteen (@itsjasyo)

Sleep window: 9:00 – 11:00pm: At this point in the day, it’s time to brush my teeth and relax. Usually, I will sit down with a book or review the work I did during the day or both. Lately, I’m reading “The Spirit of Intimacy” by Sobonfu Somè, “Space Drawing: Perspective” by Dongho Kim and a comic book series called “Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. I’m off to sleep at some point in this window of time.

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