Oliver Tank has returned home after spending some time in the UK, gigging throughout. The 22-year-old Sydney lad has been busy over the last 12 months, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon, which is good news for his fans. We had a chat to him yesterday about his musical journey thus far along with things to come.
Where are you and what are you wearing?
(Laughs) I’m sitting in front of my home computer and laptop. I’m wearing a flannelette shirt, with some plain old jeans and socks (laughs).
How was the UK?
Yeah, it was good man. I was just over there playing a few shows, also had a bit of a holiday.
How was it playing at The Great Escape in Brighton?
The Great Escape was a lot of fun. It’s kind of like SXSW whereby it’s not a festival in a park but in venues around the town. It was a really loose three days, actually (laughs). A lot of drinking, and a lot of partying. I also got to meet a bunch of awesome people and see some cool bands. The whole weekend was really fun. What was your highlight? I played a gig down on the wharf, in front of the Brighton Wheel. It was a really cool and unique place to play a gig.
How was the Iceland Airwaves Festival last year?
Man, that was probably the best 10 days of my life. Just winning the opportunity in the first place was so amazing. My friends and family really got behind me and I can’t explain to them how much I appreciated all their support.
I went over with Dan Silver from FBi Radio, Tim Ritchie from National Radio, and Rainbow Chan, who also won the competition. It was actually similar to The Great Escape. Iceland is a unique place. I’d totally recommend people check it out. The whole festival was really well organised and I was treated so well. Were you in the same room as Sigur Rós or Björk at any point? (Laughs) I did go to the Björk show, which was quite interesting. I’m not a huge fan but I do appreciate what she does. Rainbow on the other hand is a huge fan. She was losing her shit a little bit. The show was in their Opera House equivalent. The stage was set-up in the middle, like a massive boxing ring and she faced a different direction for each song. She had these giant, weird instruments set up in the corners and had 30 girls singing on stage with her. It was a really strange performance but I enjoyed it.
Speaking of strange, we saw that you listed your top five tracks of all time the other day. We were a bit surprised to see Devon The Dude and Snoop Dogg at the top.
(Laughs) I think people have this idea that I listen to a lot of down-tempo, chilled out music all the time. I was actually just listening to Dr. Dre. I love Snoop Dog, Dre, and Devon The Dude. I appreciate all types of music and it’s important to do that. I feel sorry for people that only like one style of music. They’re missing out on so much.
Have you been surprised by the World’s reaction to Dreams?
Yeah, I was pretty surprised because everything just took off so quickly for me. My track ‘Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion’ was an assignment for my final production course at Uni. Not much was happening for a little while until I released the Snoop Dogg cover, which then got played on FBi Radio. They then played ’Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion,’ which lead to Triple J playing it a few weeks later. That’s when things really started to give me a bit of momentum. I am really proud of those songs and I think they work really well together. I’m glad that other people like them too (laughs).
You’re kicking off your ‘Welcome Home’ shows in Sydney. Are you looking forward to playing to a home crowd?
Yeah, I can’t wait! I actually just found out that the Sydney show has sold-out. I haven’t played to that many people in a little while, so hopefully I don’t get too nervous (laughs). I’m also doing three shows in Melbourne, two of which have sold-out, and a show in Adelaide.
What else have you got in-store for us this year?
I’m working on a mixtape at the moment, which is taking a lot longer than I expected, but I really want to get it right. I’ll be playing a few new tracks at the Sydney show, which I hope go down well. I want to start working on another EP soon and then maybe later this year start working on an album. I’m also writing a few tracks for Fawn Myers. She sang on a few tracks on Dreams. It should be action-packed (laughs).
If you could create the ultimate band, whom would you choose to have in it?
That’s a good question. Can I choose alive or dead? Either! I’d like to fuse together a few different types of musicians. I’d definitely choose Jimi Hendrix, James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Maybe get a rapper in there too like Snoop, Dre or Devon.
Here’s Oliver Tank’s incredible single ‘Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion’:
Followed by the cover of Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Beautiful’ featuring Fawn Myers:
As mentioned above Oliver Tank’s ‘Welcome Home’ tour kicks off tonight in Sydney. Dates below:
Thursday, June 14 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, June 19 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – Tickets
Wednesday, June 20 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 21 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
Friday, June 22 – Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide – Tickets
Oliver will be supporting Lana Del Rey on her Splendour In The Grass sideshows. A limited number of tickets will be made available for these shows on Friday, June 15 at 9AM. Click here for more Lana Del Rey Australian tour details.
Monday, July 23 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday, July 24 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday, July 26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday, July 27 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney