Oliver Pesch (1997) is a singer/songwriter originating from Rotterdam in the Netherlands with an international sound.
Having been active on several stages from a very young age, Oliver brings both the old- and the modern West Coast sound of America to his home audience. Varying from Jackson Browne and James Taylor to the newer names such as Jonathan Wilson, Cass McCombs, Ron Sexsmith and Blake Mills. He graduated from the Tilburg Rock Academy in 2019. With his lively, well-thought-out and highly detailed songs, he writes for the real music lover looking for the real in-depth experience. As Young Talent he won the 2016 Kunstbende edition after which he performed at several dutch events including Horizontoer, Kaderock, Festival Mundial, and in theatres such as Tivoli Vredeburg, 013, Paard van Troje, Bird and Luxor Arnhem. Since 2018 he has been touring the theatres across the country with the show Imaginarium of Tears, a collaboration with Professor Ad Vingerhoets and visual artist Maurice Mikkers.
Currently Oliver is working on the final stages of his debut album which will be released in the first quarter of 2021.
I am Oliver Jerome Pesch (October 6th -1997). Born and raised in The Netherlands in a little town near Rotterdam, called Barendrecht.
When reminiscing, one of my first memories must’ve been in our suburban living room at the age of 3 or 4, lying on my father’s lap, dozing off to a Beatles documentary. A great warmth surrounds those first memories. It was a caring and supporting household and therefore there never was anything that would prevent me from chasing my first and (probably) last dream of becoming a musician.
As soon as I was able to, and allowed to, my parents gave me a chance to discover some instruments. They first gave me a drumkit, which I embraced eagerly. Due to a lack of teaching capacity at the local music school, I have never been able to take lessons and until this very day I still have some doubts regarding this explanation my parents gave me at that time. Perhaps I was a little too eager and too loud..?
Nevertheless, it would all soon be forgotten. Once they downsized me to a guitar, I was sold. Next to guitar lessons, I also had some keyboard lessons which I later picked up again during my college years.
As the years progressed I came to be a stubborn kid. Practicing proved to be a harsh reality. I learned some chords but never really dug into what I was doing. I needed to be triggered in some different way.
When I was about 13 years old I started writing my first songs and started accompanying myself on the guitar, which pretty much did the trick for me.
During my early childhood, I mostly listened to the music my parents put on. The Beatles, Queen, and Van Halen were definitely my favourites. However, once I started using the internet to look for my own music, my musical taste twisted gradually.
I started listening to Ed Sheeran back when he hadn’t released his first album yet and to John Mayer. They were my first introduction to Singer/Songwriters and I believed they showed a real earnest way of being ‘just a guy’ with a guitar. I took a shot at it and never stopped. Once again, I was sold.
I started to take music more seriously by the day. I probably went over every John Mayer song there was at the time, bought a Fender Stratocaster and took lessons at BMEC.
This wasn’t just a Music school, but one that could directly guide students towards the audition process at the Rock Academy in Tilburg. Before I started my last year of high school I knew what I was going to do with the rest of my life, so the step towards the Rock Academy was easily made. To my surprise and delight, at the age of 16, the Rock Academy accepted me. I really didn’t have a full comprehension of what I was in for, leaving home at 16 and studying amongst very talented musicians, but I took a deep breath and went for it.
At the age of 20 I graduated from the Rock Academy and may call myself a Bachelor of Music. The Rock Academy has changed me drastically as studying music probably does to every musician. I dove into the 60’s and 70’s, some jazz and hip/hop every now and then and went to study classical guitar at the Conservatory in Tilburg.
I have some artist who I really dig and who stayed with me through this process. Some modern ones are: Blake Mills, Ron Sexsmith, The Lemon Twigs, Cass McCombs, Andy Shauff and Rufus Wainwright. Some older ones that stuck with me: Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Buffalo Springfield, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Rodriguez .
Currently I’m working on my debut album, which is due to release in 2021.
It’s full of songs I’ve written in the last couple of years and it sums up quite a lot of what I’ve been going through, what’s been on my mind and with whom I’ve been hanging out.
I hope you appreciate this little peek into my life. I promise there’ll be a lot more to find out on the forthcoming album.
Hope to see you soon.
- Oliver Pesch
Due to current covid-19 crisis all gigs are postponed/ cancelled.
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