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OLI Interview on Nagamag


Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

OLI:
Alternative Pop is definitely the best way to describe it. Synth, strings and I’m also a big fan of adding jazz elements.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

OLI:
To be honest, ever since I was a child I just knew that this was what I was the only thing I would never stop doing . I’m lucky, my family is extremely musical and I was always encouraged to take up an instrument and perform.
In 2014 I started working with producer Benny D (Stormzy, Boy George, Kylie, Plan B, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith). I just really love his musical taste and we’ve been a team ever since.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

OLI:
It would have to be anything ‘Sade’. The whole moody/bedroom pop female vocal that is used so much now a days just makes me think of her. I used to listen to the Diamond Life album every night to help me sleep (early 2000’s) and compared to the crazy pop I was hearing at the time, it just felt so soothing and comforting. Thank stuck with me and made me want to add jazzier elements.


Nagamag:
How did your song with Dave Gahan come to be?

OLI:
It was actually very simple and quick - the song wasn’t finished from their session and needed writing. I thought the backing track was really old Americana and melancholy – which I loved. When I put down the guides for the lyrics we then realised my voice was actually a great mix on the track with his.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

OLI:
Stereophonics "Dakota"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

OLI:
Ella M "Myself"

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Interviewed by Nagamag on
September 26, 2020

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