Volting into Byron Bay; Whether He's on Set, Stage or in the Studio, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Is Happy to Let It Slide

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CASSANDRA TOBIN

HE'S best known as the guitarist in The Mars Volta and At The Drive In, but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has put out more than 30 albums in his 20-year career through various projects.

The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, writer, actor and film director was in Australia in July for a run of shows with Le Butcherettes and is back to play arun of shows with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group.

When the group played a tour last year the songs ended up on the next The Mars Volta album.

ORLG were also in Australia last year playing instrumental jams with a Latin edge.

In interviews to promote this tour the Puerto Rican-born musician has loosened his once noose-like grip of control on his projects.

aYears ago I thought, a[approximately]I don't want to collaborate because it means my ideas won't be as pure, it won't be my ideas only',a he said. aThrough that journey, I realised that really was a false front for the real issue, which is my insecurity, that I'm afraid that if I collaborate with people that they won't like my ideas.

aHow you get rid of that is you create a world where you're at the top and you're the leader and nobody can challenge you.a

Writing in a collaborative way in At The Drive In drove him to never want to collaborate again, but 10 years have passed, where he controlled every aspect of every release. …