Oly Sherman

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OLY SHERMAN returns with soulful new single, 'THE WORLD IS IN A BAD ROOM' Sydney artist performs two SOLD OUT shows at The Vanguard in October

Where are you currently based?
Currently still based in Sydney!

How did you first start playing music?
I first started playing guitar and piano through school, and from there my guitar teacher convinced me to start singing. I started growing more confident and becoming better with my craft I suppose. I then started to create my own project as
such, and everything flowed from there.

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?
Covid at the start was tough, as my first national tour was cancelled halfway through. Like a lot of people that kind of forced me to shift my priorities and financials. These days it’s going great though! I’m in the latter stages of completing my first album, and I just recently played 2 sold out shows.

Your new single ‘The World Is In a Bad Room’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting? 
I guess the song is a conglomerate of a lot of personal relationships mixed in with everything that’s going on in the world. I also took a lot of inspiration through Tom Misch’s latest album.

How did you go about writing the single?
The song itself didn’t actually take too long! It kind of popped up one day when I was in the studio. I had been playing around with a particular drum groove (the one you can hear in the song) and everything just fell into place really quickly!

Where and when did you record and who with?
I recorded the track in a few places, but mainly within Kiln Studios in St Peters, Sydney. I developed the final stages of the track with my engineer ‘Danial Notoli’, someone who I’ve been working with for the past 2 or so years.

How did you approach the recording process?
Like many of my other projects, I started this song with the drum rhythm. I find it a lot easier and, in some way, a lot more fun to create stuff over a rhythm that you can bop to to begin with.

What programs/instruments did you use?
I use Logic Pro for pretty much all of my recording! I also played pretty much every instrument you can hear in the track and recorded them all individually.

What do you like to do away from music?

I like to do a lot of things to be honest. I think the best thing I like to do other than music is hang with friends. Either going away somewhere or just having drinks really sets my mind straight. I also love a read.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of Jordan Rakei, and a lot of SG Lewis.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
I’ve got a few more sit down shows within rural NSW before the year is up which I’m really looking forward to doing! Assuming everything eases up as it has been, 2021 should be full of touring!

Favourite food and place to hangout?
I don’t think I can go past Italian with some really good wine. And my absolute place to hang is the beach.


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