Singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver talks music

Long Lunch 23/05/2018
Thomas Oliver. Photo credit: Facebook.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver is known for his tender vocals, his engaging stage presence, and his slide guitar playing skills.

With millions of views and streams across different platforms, Oliver has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand, and has performed all over the world, touring and sharing the stage with music legends as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Fat Freddy's Drop.

He joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to talk about his love for music.

Oliver is also internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar, established by his 2013 album titled 'Beneath The Weissenborn', the world's first full-length, all-instrumental, all-Weissenborn album.

The album debuted at #6 on the NZ charts, received 5-star reviews, and sold out shows across the nation.

In 2016, Thomas Oliver won the APRA Silver Scroll Award for his hit song 'If I Move to Mars'.

It was the Wellington singer-songwriter's first nomination for the prestigious award, for his song about what life would be like on the red planet with a lover - lying in the dirt, drinking Cognac and listening to records.

"What an amazing night," Oliver said as he accepted his award.

"It's a real honour for me. I'm going to take a moment to enjoy this, thank you all.

"It's a beautiful and important thing to have an award ceremony that celebrates song and composition - not artists who are cool right now and hot right now."

Listen to the full interview with Thomas Oliver above.

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