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Bringing the warmest of feelings to the saddest of songs with his distinctive comforting vocal tone and vintage-tape sound, Ollie Bond is taking the UK folk music scene by storm and is putting a whole new spin on melancholy. Taking his inspiration from artists such as Passenger, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bon Iver & The Lumineers, Ollie writes about various situations that we can all find ourselves in and relate to, including heartbreak, isolation and love.
Ollie says “Something that’s always brought me to my favourite artists is the ability to relate to what they’re singing about and that’s something I hope to bring to others in my songwriting”.
After his recent success of landing a popular Spotify editorial playlist and bumping his monthly listeners into the thousands with his single 'I'm Not Coming Back', he is back with his new single 'In The Darkness'.
He says: "This ghostly tune came to me one rainy day whilst drinking my morning coffee. The song is about a young female actress trying to make it in the world but after getting knocked down so much she becomes isolated. There's also a heavy emphasis on mental health and how you never really know what anyone else is feeling on the inside. I may have gone down this route due to the rain pouring against the window (which features in the record) or due to the reality of coming to grips with my own struggles."
More about Ollie
On a musical diet of The Beatles & Buddy Holly, Ollie found his roots in Bedford, UK, picking up the guitar at age 10, before moving to Coventry 3 years ago to study Medicine at the University of Warwick.
In 2018, Ollie supported Ronan Keating, The Neville Staple Band, Hazel O'Connor & Tony Christie on the main stage at Godiva Festival, at the time the largest free festival in the UK. Ollie then returned to the festival in 2019 to headline their acoustic stage and play their BBC stage. The same year, Ollie was also privileged to be chosen to play for Coventry's portion of Found In Music's International Busking Day.
Previously, Ollie has been lucky enough to reach the finals of national music competition ‘OpenMic UK’ at the London O2. Over the last few years, he’s also been nominated three times for an NMG award including 'Best Acoustic Act' and 'Best Male Artist'.
After receiving praise for his recent singles, ‘Safe With Me’ and ‘When I Went Away’ and 'Emilia', from Hot Music Live and Reignland magazine and gaining attention from BBC Introducing in Coventry & Warwickshire and Mahogany Sessions; Ollie is back with his new single 'In The Darkness'.
The music is so uplifting it makes you smile. - Reignland Magazine
I'm not at all sure where Ollie's muse is taking him, but he's definitely off somewhere interesting & I hope I can chart his adventures with you in "Hot Music Live”. - Hot Music Live Magazine
Another splendid silky voiced track from Ollie who seems to bring comfortability and a soothing touch to anything he touches - Hillz Fm
Ready (2020) - OUT 13.11.20
"Ready is a song about forgiveness and starting afresh and opening yourself to be loved and to love again. It's a song about a couple that have rekindled a flame that had been going out for a while. I started writing the song just focussed on the idea of a couple laying in the same place they had on their first date and counting imaginary stars on their ceiling."
Recorded at my home in Coventry in mid-April 2020, Emilia is a powerful song that is loosely based around my own experiences of being separated from my partner during the COVID-19 lockdown. The song looks at a couple that are living across the country from one another in this time and focusses on the emotional toll this is taking from both view points. The overall message that presents itself towards the end of the song is to just keep holding on and to look after each other in these difficult times.
I'm Not Coming Back (2020)
Safe With Me (2019) -
When I Went Away (2020) -
Away (2018) -