Oliver Pesch (1997) is a one of a kind singer/songwriter from nearby Rotterdam originally. He gets his inspiration from the blues and folk traditions initially performed in the 60’s and 70’s. By combining these traditions with his own ideas, he creates a new sound which stands out in the dutch music industry today. In 2016 he won Kunstbende Zuid-Holland and went to the National Finals. In the years after he preformed in several Popstages all over The Netherlands, including: TivoliVredeburg, 013, Luxor Arnhem and Paard van Troje. Oliver is influenced by all-time classic artists like the Beatles, James Taylor, Jackson Browne but also reaches out to temporaries like Cass McCombs, Blake Mills, Margaret Glaspy and Madison Cunningham. He is currently working on a new album, releasing in 2020.
I am Oliver Jerome Pesch (Oktober 6th -1997). Born and raised in The Netherlands in a little town near Rotterdam, named Barendrecht.
When I think back, one of my first memories must’ve been in our suburban living room at the age of 3/4. laying in fathers lap, dozing off to a Beatles documentary. A great warmth surrounds those first memories. It was a caring and supporting household and therefore there was never anything that would keep 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 student capacity at the Music Centre in my town, I was never able to take lessons and till this day I still don’t believe this explanation my parents once gave me. 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 Keyboard lessons which I never continued until my later college years.
As the years progressed I came to be a stubborn kid. I never really liked practicing and doing exercises. I learned some chords but never really dug into what I was doing. I needed to be triggered 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.
In my early childhood, I mostly listened to the music my parents put on, The Beatles, Queen, Van Halen were my definite favorites. But once I started using the internet to look for my own music, my musical taste twisted gradually. I started to take music more serious 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 who could directly guide students into the audition process at the Rockacademie 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 Rockacademie was easily made.
To my surprise at the age of 16 and being declined by all the other College’s in the Netherlands, the Rockacademie had accepted me. I really didn’t understand what I was in for. leaving home at 16 and studying amongst other very talented musicians, but I took a deep breath and found my way eventually.
At the age of 20 I graduated and got my Bachelor of Music. The Rockacademie has changed me drastically. My taste in music had taken a different direction.
Some of my favorite artists are: Blake Mills, The Lemon Twigs, Margaret Glaspy, Madison Cunningham, Cass McCombs, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Buffalo Springfield, Gilbert O’sullivan, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Ted Lucas and The Beatles as well. You can wake me up at any time for these amazing artists.
I’ve been preforming for quite some years now and went to the National Finals of Kunstbende, played some festivals (including Kaderock and Nashville Festival) and played a lot of bars/clubs/stages like Bird (Rotterdam), Grounds (Rotterdam) and the 013 (Tilburg). I also teach guitar and songwriting and love doing it. I crave to be a musician who can sustain himself in any way. I am looking forward to my career in the music industry. Thank god there is still a lot to come.
- Oliver Pesch
Due to current covid-19 crisis all gigs are postponed/ cancelled.
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