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Pushing the Boundaries

The Unconventional Artistry of God’s Computer
Brenna Oxley
A photo of the artist.

  In the heart of Kansas City’s bustling music scene resides a unique figure known as God’s Computer.

  Liam O’Hara, as he is known offstage, is not your average musician. 

  I had the opportunity to delve into the mind behind the music and explore the creative journey of this one of a kind artist.

  God’s Computer makes it clear that “conventionality” is not a part of his vocabulary. 

  When asked about what genre he considers himself he said, “Rock music, metal music, some trap music, just a medley of genres.”

  What sets God’s Computer apart isn’t just the music itself; it’s the persona behind the project.

  He draws inspiration from unconventional sources like Pee Wee Herman.

  “I like the ideas of these larger-than-life characters [who] can accomplish something that’s maybe cooler than themselves,” he said.

  This desire to transcend the mundane bleeds into every part of his artistry, from the music to the sunglasses-clad persona that he has cultivated.

  With close to 800 monthly listeners, he has also cultivated a solid fanbase and continues to grow every month.

  “I’m a fan of the meaty guitar riffs and how that fits in with the bass,” said junior Apollos Weissenfluh after listening to the song “Jump.” He said it’s, “A solid banger.”

  O’Hara doesn’t adhere to the traditional notions of success in the music industry. While many artists strive for commercial acclaim, he said he remains focused on authenticity and personal expression.

  “I’m not trying to be a brand,” he said.

  O’Hara reflected on his evolving creative process and the journey he’s undertaken to carve out his niche in the music world emphasizing the importance of finding fun and personal enjoyment in his music.

  “I just hope [listeners] have fun,” he said.

  He also makes sure that artists have fun, working with producers and musicians across the country to create the undefinable sound that he prides himself on.

  Another intriguing aspect of O’Hara’s mission is his record label, Mentally Ill Muzik (MIM). MIM serves as both a statement and a performance piece, challenging the status quo.

  “My motivation is to push the boundaries of human artistic expression,” he said.

  With the label, he hopes to secure a place for artists of all genres to come together and create art – without the confines of what reigning record executives deem acceptable.

  With upcoming shows in Atlanta and a steadfast commitment to his craft, he continues to push the boundaries of music and artistry

  In this world where conformity often reigns supreme, God’s Computer stands out as a beacon of individuality and creativity, reminding us that true artistry knows no bounds.

  So, should you find yourself in the midst of God’s Computer’s sonic universe, remember to embrace the weird, revel in the unconventional, and above all, have fun.

  Find O’Hara on any streaming platform under the name God’s Computer or on Instagram here.

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