Thomas Oliver is a singer-songwriter and awardee of the most prestigious music award in his home country of New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award for songwriting. Oliver was awarded this prize in 2015 for his hit, 'If I Move To Mars, from his last studio album titled 'Floating In The Darkness', which debuted at #6 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, and combined elements of Soul, Roots, and Folk, and his signature self-production and mixing.
Oliver is known for his tender vocals, his unique songwriting, his engaging demeanour on stage, and his presence in multiple facets of music.
“One of New Zealand’s most talented musicians.” - Ambient Light
“One of New Zealand’s best musicians.” - Pip Squeaks Music
Oliver is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading players of the Weissenborn lap-slide guitar, and in 2013, he took momentary leave from his singer-songwriter roots to release 'Beneath The Weissenborn', an unprecedented album which explored this instrument, and received 5-star reviews around the world, and sold out shows across the country.
“Beneath The Weissenborn paints the kind of pictures that words can't express. He joins Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and Michael Hedges as someone who has made buying a guitar album a must.” - Stuff.co.nz
Simultaneously, Oliver sports a title as one of the most celebrated vocalists in the genre of Drum & Bass, having released a massive 20 collaborations with some of the genre's finest producers, including Logistics, Hybrid Minds, Nu:Logic, Black Sun Empire, Urbandawn, Trei, Concord Dawn and Etherwood, and having been released on some of Drum & Bass's most prestigious labels, including Hospital Records, Metalheadz, Blackout and RAM Records.
Whilst currently based in Berlin, Oliver has toured and performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the UK, Asia and the USA, and has also shared the stage with such legends as Joe Cocker, Fat Freddy's Drop, Eric Clapton and Xavier Rudd, and a recent tour of the Netherlands with Dutch favourites, My Baby.
2017 saw the release of the full-length live album, 'Live at the Crystal Palace', recorded over two consecutive sold-out nights at the Crystal Palace in Oliver's home town of Hawke's Bay.
The remainder of 2019 will see the release of the first tastes of Oliver's new music, a full-length album titled 'The Brightest Light', due for release in March of 2020, with full-band touring across Europe, New Zealand and Australia.