// Oliver’s Army



Ryan Oliver's raw and honest delivery comes from a life time of reflective brooding and self reflection, all encompassed in the music of an all rounder multi-instrumentalist songwriter. His unique blend of working class folk and driven indie rock is often compared to the likes of Augie March, Paul Kelly and Something For Kate.

Q&A, with Ryan, singer-songwriter, guitar, piano, harmonica

Define your genre in five words or less:

Alternative, Indie, Folk, Atmospheric, Rock

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

I started writing music when I was about 8 years old. I was learning Classical Piano and decided to go on my own tangents because it felt good to create instead of follow. That later developed into an obsession with poetry and songwriting through my highschool years.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

Probably jump on board the Hamburg days of the Beatles, develop my chops and do the hard yards with guys and ride the gravy train!

What are your favourite venues?

The Northcote Social Club, Corner Hotel, The Toff In Town, The Evelyn, Jive (Adelaide), The Wheatsheaf Hotel (Adelaide)

What are your top 5 favourite albums?

Augie March - Moo You Bloody Choir, Radiohead - In Rainbows, Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago, Sigur Ros - Takk, Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker. This is off the top of my head, there's so many more I could include in this.

What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?

Sigur Ros - Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, literally moved me to tears. Prince - Coachella, just watching a legend at work. Playing with Stella Angelico at Boogie Festival, packed house just before Pond and Gary Clarke Jr, so much fun.

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

I draw inspiration from everything around me, mostly things I'm going through. It's rare that I would write a completely theoretical song. There's no exact process, but I often write music and lyrics separately, and then play a bit of roulette trying to piece together pieces of music with scribblings from my notepad.




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