10 Jan 2017

The Mixtape: Thomas Oliver

From RNZ Music, 1:00 pm on 10 January 2017

Update 22/05/21: NZ On Air apologises to former employee attacked by musician

Singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver shares a Mixtape of songs that first introduced him to artists and genres he grew to love.

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver Photo: supplied

As Melody Thomas discovers, singer-songwriter Thomas Oliver doesn’t do things by halves.

Whether it be the relentless pursuit of a career in music, perfecting an especially difficult skateboarding trick or - as illustrated by his Mixtape - the discovery of new artists and genre, Thomas never hesitates to jump straight down the rabbit hole - the bigger and darker, the better. 

Towards the end of 2015, Oliver released ‘If I Move To Mars’, the first single from his forthcoming debut album as a singer-songwriter.

The song was quickly playlisted on commercial radio and spent five weeks in the NZ Music charts - but the peak of its success would come nearly a year later when it took out the country’s top songwriting award, The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll

The Hawke's Bay-boy accepted the Silver Scroll in front of his musical peers, acknowledging APRA for hosting an award ceremony celebrating song and composition rather than “who’s cool or hot right now”.

He payed tribute to the indigenous music of Aotearoa and thanking his ex-girlfriend and ‘guest of honour’ Hayley Gray for the original suggestion to write a song about Mars.

It was a speech that oozed Thomas’ trademark laid-back charm, no doubt winning him more fans in the audience but giving little clue as to the years of hard work that got him to that point.

More about Thomas Oliver

  • Video Premiere: Is This Love - Thomas Oliver
  • Wellington musician claims top song gong
  • Yoko Zuna & Bailey Wiley perform Thomas Oliver's If I Move To Mars'
  • Thomas Oliver in Session
  • Mixtape Music details

    Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Song: This Old House
    Album: American Dream
    Label: Atlantic

    Artist: Joni Mitchell
    Song: My Old Man
    Album: Blue
    Label: Reprise

    Artist: Ben Harper
    Song: Whipping Boy
    Album: Welcome to the Cruel World
    Label: Virgin

    Artist: Ryan Adams
    Song: New York New York
    Album: Gold
    Label: Lost Highway

    Artist: B.B. King
    Song: Please Love Me
    Album: Singin’ the Blues
    Label: Crown Records

    Artist: The Roots
    Song: Datskat
    Album: Do you want more?!!?!!?
    Label: Geffen

    Artist: Aretha Franklin
    Song: Ain’t No Way
    Album: Lady Soul
    Label: Atlantic

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