I found Oliver on YouTube; a young musician playing in a YES tribute band. He was nailing all of it – in every song! My thought process was, ‘If he can play Steve Howe solos’ he can certainly play mine.’
With contact made, Oliver proceeded to work on Ancient of Days and we developed a style of working that suited us both. Oliver would send me multiple takes on multiple guitars, and sometimes even multiple pick up choices. I would then select my favourite elements and add them to the master track. I kept sending him songs that needed some additional guitar and he just kept delivering outstanding work. For the song Capture Light, I wanted a string sound evocative of the Renaissance period. I mentioned this to Oliver whotold me he had recently acquired a lute – serendipity! Although a difficult instrument to play, within a week I received the beautifullute part that appears on the finished song.
When working on new songs I suggested that we do something together. Oliver had some ideas that I took and turned into After the Storm. I hope is happy with how it turned out!
Oliver is a super-talented guitarist; he can play anything; electric, acoustic and in any style – a producer’s dream!