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Oliver Day is a musician based in Central Lancashire and is a professional musician, guitarist, performer and teacher. Oliver can provide guitar tracks from home studio. Recent credit includes John Holden's 'Capture light' featuring an array of progressive rock musicians.

Oliver is a professional musician (guitarist) based in Central Lancashire, UK. He graduated with a first-class degree in popular music at Leeds College of Music in 2014. He started playing at a young age, covering a wide range of playing styles as he progressed. As a teenager, he achieved Grade 8 Distinction in both Electric and Classical Guitar.

Listening to and learning to play the music of Yes guitarist Steve Howe enabled Oliver to develop a fluid and natural technique - skills he has applied to his own playing style and repertoire.

Oliver currently plays with various bands and artists at venues throughout the UK. Bands include Winter Springs, a six-piece vocal lead, harmony based, folk/pop singer-songwriter collective and Fragile, UK's leading Yes tribute band featuring Claire Hamill.

Late 2016, John Holden contacted Oliver to play guitar on his album (Capture Light) remotely from Oliver's home studio. This was and became an album featuring an array of respected musicians in progressive rock. Notably, members and ex-members of progressive rock band Yes (Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman) and the ex-singer of the band The Enid (Joe Payne). This gave Oliver the opportunity to record with musicians he regarded highly, using a variety of instruments on John compositions. Additionally, this lead to Oliver working more with Joe Payne and becoming a member his live band.

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Interview with Oliver Day

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: Steve Howe influenced.

  3. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: Lots of styles of music. Play: Pop, Rock, Prog Rock, Folk, Country ect.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Variety of guitars: Les Paul, Telecaster, Martin Acoustic, Admira Nylon, Semi-Acoustic and Hollow-body guitars. Protools, Mbox interface, Waves Plugins, Yamaha Studio Monitors.

  7. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  8. A: Guitarist that inspire me are people who bring something musical and melodic to songs with a great sound. Steve Howe is my main inspiration, others include: Don Felder, Danny Gatton, Jan Akkerman

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I listen to the music that I am working with and think about sounds that would work with it. I let the track inspire what I play on top of it. If the client wants something ideas in particular, then I would play few ideas to there brief first. Typically, I am a musician that listens to learn music - But I have no problems working with charts or a score. I sent the client several takes and ideas so they have plenty to work with.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I bring a tasteful, dynamic guitar parts with a professional sound.

Gear Highlights
  • Selection of Guitars
  • Les Paul
  • Telecaster
  • Holowbody Electrics
  • Martin Acoustic
  • Pro Tools
  • Waves Plugins
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