Oliver Patrice Weder is a Swiss musician and composer who is now based between Amsterdam and London. On November 1st, he is set to release his debut album titled OPW via SA Recordings. 

Oliver explains that, “OPW is a collection of tracks from my personal adventures and experiences during the years of 2017 and 2018. The writing and sound palette have been heavily inspired by living and travelling through different places and cultures such as Brazil, East Africa, Spain, USA, Holland and England. It has been my dream for a long time to create something like this and put it into musical notes, but only now have I felt ready to take on the challenge. The sound of the album is intimate yet diverse. You can hear the work and process the music has gone through whilst creating it. With this album I hand over my very personal diary and I’d love for you to listen to it whilst on a beautiful journey yourself.”

Oliver’s Under the Influence picks have directly influenced his debut album and here he shares how each of these albums have done so.

For more details on the release, follow this link: https://shop.sarecordings.com/release/140884-oliver-patrice-weder-opw

The Touré-Raichel Collective The Paris Session

I have a big passion for traditional Malian music and this album is the second of a collaboration between Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. The album is one continuous vibe, putting you in a meditative and trance-like state, yet always full of rhythm, soul and great musicianship. We used to listen to their albums in the tour bus of a former band I played in, and I think here and there you can hear how some of the phrasing or rhythms have found their way into my album. 

Check out Talking Timbuktu too, which is another collaboration between Vieux’s father, the famous Ali Farka Touré, and producer and guitarist Ry Cooder. This was actually the first time I’ve heard this kind of music and was instantly intrigued, so I started doing more research about it – one of my dreams is to travel to Timbuktu and Bamako! 

What I also love about the traditional Malian music is that there are a lot of new artists continuing to make this music and bringing it to western cultures (Songhoy Blues, Fatoumata Diawara etc). 

Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano

This is an artist I discovered a while back and this first one of his Solo Piano albums is just mind blowing. I love how he mixes classical with pop, jazz, blues and anything in between, switching with quirkiness and levity. His playing is right up my alley and I really identify with his sound, writing and playing. 

The production of the album is honest, raw and doesn’t try to hide or indeed try anything out of the ordinary. It’s a very upfront and approachable piano sound, focussing on composition and playing. I think within my playing one can hear his influence, and retrospectively, even some of my compositions have a touch of Chilly Gonzales in them.

Devendra Banhart – Ape in Pink Marble

An album that I have definitely been playing a lot while writing my own album. I love the production on this one with all it’s quirky sounds. If you know Devendra Banhart, his previous albums have been fairly different (maybe Mala was already implying this direction), this whole album conveys a coherent atmosphere that is just perfect to lean back and enjoy a drink on a lovely Sunday afternoon. 

‘Saturday Night’ is probably my most played song during the production of my album and I might have found myself trying to recreate this cool drum machine sound – what is it? I’m a sucker for those kind of drum machines, just for that I could’ve named Sly‘s There’s a Riot Goin’ On or JJ Cale‘s Naturally

Three albums aren’t enough, but I think those have been a big part of my inspiration when writing OPW

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