ALT-ROCK SINGER SONGWRITER ‘OLLIE TREVERS’ WITH INFLUENCES FROM OTHER GENRES AS WELL, I GET A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH OLLIE ABOUT HIS NEW SINGLE AND MORE!

©R Lavender

What is your name?
Ollie Trevers

What is your genre of music?
I write alternative rock, using different influences such as blues, psychedelic rock, folk, progressive rock, jazz, and more recently, house.

Give us a little bio about you.
I started singing and playing piano, guitar and the drums from a very young age. I’ve always wanted to be a performing artist for as long as I can remember. I started writing music around fourteen/fifteen years old and haven’t stopped since. I studied at Leeds College of Music and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. I have also written music for several independent films and television adverts. Last year I decided to get myself a new band and start from scratch under my own name. I hope that is little enough!

What made you go into music?
I suppose nothing really made me, as music and art has always been my life. It’s always consumed my mind, so I’m not sure it was ever really a choice, it was just the natural progression to go from a kid who loved music, who studied music, who became a professional artist and composer.

Are you a signed?
Not yet!

You set to release your new single ‘I Know You Know’, tell us more about the single.
The single is about the beginning of a potential relationship and the unspoken feelings of both people involved. I wrote it in reaction to my last EP ‘Cordelia’, as it was very melancholic, and I want to start getting people moving a bit more at my gigs.

What is the meaning behind ‘I Know You Know’?
Well the meaning behind the actual statement, ‘I Know You Know’, is the acknowledgement of an unspoken truth. In this case, unspoken feelings between two people.

Describe the track in two words.
Anthemic and new.

Will we see an EP or Album this year?
No you won’t see an EP or an album this year but I will be releasing another 3 singles throughout 2020.

Do you have any shows coming up?
That is all contingent on the Coronavirus outbreak. We had a lot of gigs planned and had just been asked to play our first festival slot, but they have all been postponed and the festival cancelled. Hopefully when things go back to normal, we will resume our gigging and touring.

If so where will you be heading?
We did plan to tour in Europe, Nashville and all over the UK, as well as gigging regularly in London.

What else can we expect in Early 2020?
You can expect a lot of online content on my social media platforms as well as a new single around June.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
I potentially have some collaborative performances with other rock bands in the summer, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I’m always up for collaborating with other artists, all they’d have to do would be to reach out me via social media.

Do you play any instruments?
I play the guitar, the piano and the drums.

Who are your influences?
There are so many, but off the top of my head…David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paolo Nutini, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Queen, Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley…the list is extensive and could go on for a while, so I’ll just leave it at that

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Sometimes by reading, sometimes by listening to other music, sometimes by just writing down my thoughts and feelings. There are infinite ways to be inspired, I try not to stick to one set way as this could become monotonous and repetitive, which would show in the song writing.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years I see myself as one of the biggest rock artists in world, doing a world tour and playing stadiums and all major festivals.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I exercise a lot, I like to draw and write stories. I watch tv, read books, go out with friends, everything!

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I don’t think there was any one song, album or artist that influenced me to be a musician, as I said before, being a musical artist was just a natural progression for me.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
That’s a hard question as I’ve received a lot of advice from many different people, but I suppose the best piece of advice was given to me by my dad, who told me not to shit myself just before I auditioned for Leeds College Of Music, and since then everything has been going rather well.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
As an artist, there are many things I could advise. I suppose the best advice would be to not give up, as all good things come with time, and that applies to when you’re writing music and to your career as a whole

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Non, je ne regretted rien. (Edith Piaf)

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
The pub, as you have an excellent view of the other pub.

Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? To bed.
2/ Who do you see first? Contingent on who’s bed I’m sharing.
3/What do you eat first? Now you’re getting a bit personal.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, the setlist, the lyrics, my band and my ego.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes they are…
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Youtube

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