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The Ollie West Band

Sounds likeBilly Joel, Elbow, Jamie Cullum
LocationManchester

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The Ollie West Band are a 4 to 24 piece ensemble, creating unique genre blending pop/fusion compared to a blend between Billy Joel, Elbow and Jamie Cullum. Recognised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman, the band continue to build from strength to strength and develop their success with innovative ideas, memorable performances and, best of all, great soulful music.

Formed 5 years ago from the desire to exapnd a solo project, singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger Ollie West has been crafting the bands unique sound to help find their place within the every changing music industry. This time and graft accumulated in a support slot at the RNCM Theatre in 2017 where the band performed an orchestral show with a 24 piece line up; not a small feat for then 19 year old Ollie West, who wrote, arranged and organised the show. Since then, the band tour as an 8 piece with their full time string quartet, who hav become an integral part of their sound. Ollie's songwriting shows sophistication and maturity, and consistently blends pop, jazz and classical genres to carry a distinctive style of piano based writing with catchy melodies and intriguing harmony.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed single "So Far Away" in May 2016, the band released a live album from their sold out support slot for the RNCM Session Orchestra with their 24 piece line up in August 2017, and are now on the road throughout 2018 with a nationwide tour to promote their debut EP "We Watch The World Turning", which is available to purchase everywhere now.

As a keyboard player, Ollie himself has performed with internationally renowned artists including New Order, Bill Laurance and Joe Duddell, recorded music for ITV's acclaimed show "Cold Feet", as well as arranging and songwriting for other upcoming artists in Manchester such as James Stephens and Kristin.

"The tracks of Ollie West and his band are excellent examples of pop/fusion; sophisticated changes, literate lyrics layered upon a fine groove."
- Dean Friedman, Songwriter

“I was really impressed with your stuff; you quite clearly have huge and very individual talent" – Neil McCormick

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