Oliver white group
Γενικώς έχω μια εμμονή με τη σύγχρονηblues-rock μουσική σκηνή του Τexas και
προσπαθώ να ακούω και να ανακαλύπτω
καινούρια συγκροτήματα και καλλιτέχνες του είδους.
Ένα από τα group που μου έκαναν ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση είναι οι Oliver white group.
O Oliver μεγάλωσε στην Oklahoma στα σύνορα με το Texas.Oι γονείς του ήταν δάσκαλοι σε σχολείο και αγαπούσαν τη μουσική.Ο Οliver κατέληξε στη κιθάρα μετά από πολλά όργανα και πέρασε τη παιδική του ηλικία παίζοντας gospel στις εκκλησίες τις Κυριακές μαζί με τους
γονείς του.Αργότερα δημιούργησε τη πρώτη του μπάντα, τους ‘’Little brother’’.Eκει άρχισε να
δημιουργεί τη δική του μουσική και να μπαίνει για τα καλά στο κόσμο του Blues rock.
Μετά από αυτό δημιουργήθηκαν οι Oliver White group οι οποίοι μπορώ να πώ πώς
αξίζουν τη προσοχή σας.Κινούνται ανάμεσα στο σκληροπυρηνικό ωμό Texas blues-rock και στα classic Blues προσθέτοντας μια έντονη Αμερικάνικη τελική πινελιά .Δε ξέρω πώς αλλιώς
να χαρακτηρίσω το ύφος τους.Προσωπικά πάντως μου αρέσει πολύ.Εχουν βγάλει ένα δίσκο ο οποίος λέγεται CONTROL και μέσα συμμετέχουν ονόματα όπως ο Lance Lopez και Wes Jeans.Θα σας πρότεινα να τον βάλετε στη
δισκοθήκη σας αν σας αρέσει αυτό το είδος.Μετά από κάποια επικοινωνία που είχα
μαζί του αποφάσισε να μας πεί κάποια πράγματα για τη μπάντα του και για όλους
εσάς που θέλετε να μάθετε πoιός
είναι ο Oliver White.
Περισσότερα στοιχεία για τη μπάντα μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ. www.myspace.com/oliverwhitegroup
1. Tell me about your first
experience with music?How did you start to play guitar?
My parents were both music teachers so I was born into music. They actually put
headphones on my mother’s belly so I could listen to music while I was still in
My home was filled with the sounds of everything from Bach to the Beatles,
Carley Simon to Chicago.
I started playing guitar at the age of 15 when a man at church showed me a few
chords and a scale. I didn't really get serious about it until I turned 21. I
still don't take it too seriously. That way I can keep it fun.
2. How would you call the
music style you play? Texas blues or rock?
I think the music I write is a combination of rock AND blues. I'm working on a folk album right now. I want to keep
growing and changing musically.
3. What are your
My main influences are my parents. They introduced me to so many genres that most kids my age wouldn't have had the
chance to have experienced.
Today my influences are Chris Whitley, Ian Moore, Doyle Bramhall II, Warren
Haynes and some local artists who inspire and push me to be a better musician.
4. Your album CONTROL is very good in my opinion.Also Lance Lopez and Wes Jeans are playing on
this album. Tell me about this!
"Control" was a very rushed album. I was working a 40 hour week job, writing and recording all at the same
time. There are two drummers doing different songs. Sean Dawson and Mike
Baysden. Jim Choate played bass and Jayson Starkey played keyboards, designed
artwork and helped keep my head on straight. All of them are great musicians
and dear friends of mine.
The real magic on "Control" was supplied by Don Moore, our engineer
and producer. His insight and experience really made the album shine. He's a
genius as far as I'm concerned!
Lance Lopez played a couple of solos on "Retribution" and gave me
some vocal tips on the song as well. He really helped me make that song as
angry as it could be!
Wes Jeans played solos on "Just Can't Leave". We set up our gear,
faced each other and just had fun "jamming" on that tune! He also
played some solos on "Troublesome Feelin'" AND sang the second verse.
It was a pleasure having Lance and Wes put their hands into the making of those
5. What gear do you use?
Guitars - I play a 57' Les Paul Historic Reissue, a Fender Stratocaster that
I've built out of MANY Strats, a Rocketfire 62' Stratocaster Replica and a
Danelectro that I occasionally use for an open G tuning.
Effects - Vox Wah, Fullton Fulldrive II, Modified Ibanez Tube Screamer, Boss
Octave, Mojo-Vibe and an Electro-Harmonics Memory Man.
Amps - 1970 Fender Bassman and 1979 Marshall JMP through a Marshall 4x12 cabinet.
Crossfire Amplifiers are currently working on a custom amplifier for me.
6. What are your favorite Texas guitar players?
My favorite Texas guitarists are Lance Lopez, Wes Jeans, Doyle Bramhall II, Ian
Moore SRV and Allen Haynes.
The state is full of top notch players, but those are my favorites.
7. Ιs there any new album in your plans?
I'm currently working on a new acoustic album. The album will be folk-based
with deep blues influence.
8.How difficult is to have a 3 piece band?
Playing in a three piece band was a difficult idea to get used to. The trick is
to have a bassist and a drummer that can lock in together. When you find that
pairing, playing in a three piece is great.
It also turns you into a better player. It's a lot of work being in a three
piece. It really limits your stage performance AND recording. But it pushes you
to cover parts that are very difficult to play and sing.
9 .Have you ever been to Greece? Is there any show in
Europe in your plans?
I've never been to Greece. I've never been out of the United States. I'd love
to come over there and rock for you guys!
We had a European tour lined up in 2008, but the promoters couldn't seem to get
contracts to us so we scratched to tour. I wanted to play in Europe, but I
didn't want to be stranded there! Haha!
10. What Blues means to you?
To me, Blues is something that can make me feel good during bad times. No
matter how you feel, you realize that someone has gone through the same
troubles as you, or worse. Blues is tragedy, comedy, love life and heartache.
The Texas Blues scene is a mixture of traditional Blues and good ole' rock and
roll. A common problem with a lot of regions in the state is that we're too
rock for the Blues venues and too Blues for the rock venues. I think the
popularity of Texas Blues comes in waves in the U. S..
11. What do you want to say to the new musicians?
My advice to young musicians is to play music that makes you happy. If you’re
in it to make money, you're in it for all the wrong reasons. When it quits
being fun, I'll quit playing.
Thank you very much Oliver for your time!