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Ollie Walter

Sounds likeFrank Ocean, Prince, The 1975
LocationLeeds

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Ollie Walter is a 17 year old singer-songwriter and producer based in Leeds, UK. With influences ranging from the likes of Frank Ocean to Lou Reed, it is no wonder his lyrics have been described as 'raw and honest' by BBC Radio Leeds presenter Alan Raw. With a unique sound that draws from the genres of neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop and pop, Ollie may seriously become a huge breakout act within the coming years, and he can't even legally buy a drink yet.

Walter honed his musical talents in Colchester, Essex, where he became a known face around the indie scene. After making the move to Leeds in 2017, he began to produce music on his iPhone; infatuated with the idea after watching an interview with Steve Lacy and listening to him discuss his ability to produce hit records on a hand-held device. Through studying A Level Music, Ollie began to learn how to use Logic Pro X, and began producing pop music in his bedroom, using only an interface, a microphone and guitar. From here, Walter began to take writing and producing seriously, slowly building up a catalogue on his SoundCloud.

June 2017 brought about Ollie's first official release, 'Falling...', featuring Atlanta rapper Noah Carter (@madebynoah on Twitter). Released originally on SoundCloud to high praise and acclaim, the track featured as the vocal point on Ollie's debut EP 'The Glam Tape'. The Frank Ocean inspired 'Letter to Home' followed in late July, which was again met with positive feedback from media outlets and fans alike. 'The Glam Tape', Ollie's debut EP, featured the Felix Moore produced 'The Call Before I Come' and the Prince-esque 'Get You Out My Head!', alongside the two previously released singles. In just under a month, the EP has racked up over 50,000 streams, receiving backing from Spotify in their 'Fresh Finds' playlist series.

Walter plans to release new music in 2019. Once finished with his A Levels, Ollie plays to tour up and down the country. As stated in an interview by Walter, his dream is to 'headline a major festival within the next 5 years'. At this rate, anything is possible; and Walter's prophecy might just come true.

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