Scala Radio Angellica Bell “Young Musician of the Week” This week we all hail Ollie West and his band. So atmospheric, fabulous young talent”
Ear To The Ground – “There’s nothing like this in the world; you have to hear it!”
TalkRADIO – Presenter James Whale -“Absolutely excellent – brilliant pianist/lyricist”
“I was really impressed with your stuff; you quite clearly have huge and very individual talent” – Neil McCormick- Daily Telegraph chief pop and rock music critic.
This is what critics are saying about the music of 22 year old singer songwriter and pianist Ollie West. Having grown up surrounded by the music of Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby and The Beatles there’s little surprise that the music harks back to the golden songwriting era of the 1970’s. He met his bandmates “The Wildflowers” at the RNCM with Ollie on keyboards, Ashley Garrod on Bass, Pete Leaver on Drums and James Cooke on Guitar. The band ranges from a 4 – 14 piece ensemble – a plethora of classically trained musicians who create an instantly recognizable sound. What makes this band unique is Ollie’s nod to the impressionists Debussy and Ravel through his harmonic language and orchestration. The folk hinges that aren’t far off from John Martyn, Glen Hansard and Joni Mitchell, as well as influences from Jazz, Rock and Prog where you’ll even find yourself spotting Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, Jamie Cullum and Elbow to name a few. Very rarely do you find an artist with such an eclectic set of musical influences who manages to bring elements of all these genres into their music, but along with his band Ollie West manages to do this seamlessly.