Twenty-year-old Ollie Wade from Guildford is one of the young artists who is currently cultivating their own engaging and devoted fanbases within the industry and across the ever-evolving social media platforms.
Q1: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: If I had the opportunity to get a message across to a lot of people, as cliche as it is, it would be to do what you want to do and follow your dreams. I understand that people say that all the time but committing and dedicating myself to music was the best decision I have ever made. I’ve been through some pretty rough patches, to say the least growing up and I never felt content or certain in what I wanted to do, and I was very nervous and low in confidence to go for music because it is never guaranteed and the market is so saturated! But the moment it all changed for me is when I stopped caring about what other people thought and I set out to prove everyone wrong and find happiness in doing something that I feel so passionately about.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: I guess music properly started for me in the form of musical theater. I used to love drama and acting in school and in year 10 I auditioned for the school musical, Hairspray, in which I got the lead role, ‘Link’! I couldn’t believe it and I had so much fun singing and performing, I guess this is where it all started. I then set up a private YouTube channel where I sang covers and originals, which eventually people found out about and I started to singing as a hobby. I wrote my first song as a tribute to my late disabled brother, Ben who passed away ages 19 and this song got released to raise money for the charity and hospice that my brother went too. I ended up singing the song to Kate Middleton and got a seat on Daybreak talking about the whole experience. This whole crazy few weeks gave me lots of confidence and belief in my songwriting and I continue writing to this day. I would definitely say If I wasn’t doing music I would be doing film and making videos, this is what I focused on in college and I nearly went to university to study film studies as well. I think this is why I still love filming, directing and editing videos like I do on my YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/OllieWade and my new channel dedicated to the videos and not the music youtube.com/c/OllieWadeExtra.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: Seeing people around me that I can call friends start to succeed and make in in the industry really inspires me to follow in their footsteps and also having other aspiring artists like myself in the same situation as me, seeing them work hard and following their dreams is really special. My parents are my biggest inspiration however and I constantly look up to them and how strong they are as people and I want to make them proud! My fanbase as well are unbelievably supportive and I can’t thank them enough, so on days where I am feeling unmotivated and uninspired they always manage to get me back on track.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
A4: It has to be singing my song ‘Free’ that I wrote for my brother, Ben personally to Kate Middleton in front of so many cameras and press. I learned to be confident with my songwriting and that amazing things can happen to you if you follow your dreams and believe in your talents. You see stories like what happened to me in the news from time to time, but you never expect it to be you.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: No, I wouldn’t. I think that the things that happen to us in life shape who we are as people and by changing something along the way this would change who I am today. There are things that I wish never happened in the first place but this could not have been changed. I am happy with where I am at today.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: Well I have planned to release my album next year and to have a headline gig later this year, but in the next two years I think it would be really cool to do a small European tour! I have some fans all across Europe that I have been talking to for years now and I would just love to meet them and play to them. I would also hope to be doing music full time, after finishing my degree at ACM, and not need to have a job on the side to survive financially. I want to live in London, close to the music scene but I appreciate how expensive that is so I hope that my music career allows me to do that. Also, a song in the top 40 would be AMAZING! Finally, potentially a record deal?
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: I think my mum being a music teacher for young children/babies and my dad being in a band when he was younger and playing guitar has really influenced me to be a musician. Our family has always been singing throughout my life, especially around my brother so I guess I learned to sing at an early age. I’ve also learned basic drums, piano, and guitar so I’d like to think I am quite musical. People always used to say I ‘have a way with words’ and personally I put this down to reading so many books when I was younger, especially ones that would be considered mature for my age, so I think this is what inspired my songwriting!
Q8: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A8: That’s a hard one. I think I would have to be cliche and say I’d love to collaborate with the people that inspired me to start music and songwriting. That would be Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, James Morrison and Ben Howard. I would love to write with them, although it can be hard for a track with two male vocals to work as it’s quite uncommon. I would love to collaborate with up and coming ‘rappers’, I think that would be really cool and different for me and I would happily sing the chorus and hook of a song.
Q9: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A9: Don’t dwell on the past, don’t worry about the future, enjoy and live in the present.
Q10: What is currently on your playlist?
A10: My playlists are all over the place at the moment because due to studying all types of music at university, I am into all sorts of genres from Motown to Funk. So I can’t really give you an answer. I’m slightly out of touch with chart music because I’m not that into dance music so I like to listen to music from all sorts of era’s and sounds.
Q11: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A11: ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’. I think this one is self-explanatory 🙂
Q12: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears?
A12: My biggest dream is to tour the world playing live to thousands of people will people singing my songs back to me, that would just be incredible. My biggest fears. I would say that my biggest fear apart from spiders, would be being alone. I thrive off the company of others so I would never want to be alone. I have a really close family and lots of tight groups of friends though so I don’t need to worry 🙂
Q13: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A13: I plan to keep doing what I’m doing but on a bigger scale and to more people! I have 2 years left at ACM doing a ‘Creative Songwriting and Artist Development’ course and outside of uni, I will release my next two singles, followed by my album next year. I plan to have my own headline show and finally I want to go on tour around the country!
Q14: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?
A14: Don’t be shaped by the norms of society and be forced to do something that someone else wants you to do. Do what YOU want to do, and what makes YOU happy – because I think that if you are happy, that’s all that life’s about. Work hard to reach your dreams and believe and achieve.
Q15: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?