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Twenty-two year old singer-songwriter, Ollie Wade from Guildford has been part of a new generation of artists who are independently curating their own thriving audiences through social media online. Starting off by uploading covers on YouTube, to independently releasing to date 3 singles and a debut EP (Falling); Ollie has attracted attention from various media such as BBC Introducing, national television and multiple radio sessions and airplay. Having extensively performed live at a national level, including an intimate performance to The Duchess, Kate Middleton and headlining the famous venues such as The Borderline, Garage and Railway, Ollie continues to captivate his ever-growing audience with his heart-felt music and performances.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: OUR CHAT WITH OLLIE...
Which artists old or new inspire you the most?
"I’m constantly feeling inspired my new and old artists of a variety of genres, which is why I love streaming sites such as ‘Spotify’ which allow me to discover new artists everyday. At the moment, I am into: ‘James Arthur’, ‘Lewis Watson’, ‘Bruno Major’ and ‘Ed Sheeran’. I also love artists such as 'Stormzy, ‘James Bay’, “Drake’ and ‘JP Cooper’. Furthermore, bands such as ‘Oasis’, ‘The 1975’ and ‘The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ get me inspired. There’s too many to name!"
When you start working on a new idea or song what is the first thing you do to kick start the idea?
"This can vary, but usually I start with the harmony and play an idea or riff on my guitar or piano, then come up with a melody and lyrics. However, if theres something that I really want to get off my chest, or write about, the lyrics and message of the song will kick start the process."
Are there any producers or artists you would love to collaborate with?
"As for artists, there are lots of people that would be amazing to co-write with like, ‘Bruno Major’, ‘Lewis Watson’, ‘KYKO’, ‘Lewis Capaldi’ and ‘Jayden Reid’. I really like the music these artists are making at the moment and think we could write some hit songs together."
What is your go to track of the moment?
"I’ve just got into, ‘Can I be him’ off James Arthur’s new album. Obsessed."
Do you prefer performing live or studio recording?
"As fun as studio sessions are, nothing can ever top the feeling you get when performing live."
Are you heading to or performing at any festivals this year?
"Currently, I’m focusing on getting my new music to the best place it can be, and taking time to write and work with different people and producers. So no festivals planned for this year."
What’s next for you this year?
"As I just mentioned, I’ve been working hard on my next project, with a slight change of sound and live set up, so I can’t wait to release my new music and hopefully be able to go out and gig with it in the latter half of the year"
Who are your style icons and why?
"I like to keep up with current trends and fashion and I’ve always preferred the smarter side of fashion. I think that current artists such as ‘James Bay’, ‘Zayn’ and ‘Justin Timberlake’ dress well. However, I like to take inspiration from fashion blogs and threads, rather than particular people. Although, Ryan Gosling is some one who always looks dapper! My favourite designer brands would include ‘Ted Baker’ and ‘All Saints’."
What’s your ‘go to’ item of clothing for any stage performance?
"It's got to be my oxblood ‘All Saints’ Leather Biker Jacket. My all time favourite clothing item."
Why are you excited to perform at Bicester Village?
"I’m looking forward to play at Bicester village for the opportunity to play to a vast amount of people and to perform in such an attractive environment."