It’s a muggy spring morning, one of those days where you’re not quite sure what to wear. I’m running late to interview one of Adelaide’s up-and-coming singer-songwriters – Ollie English. His name rolls off the tongue and his bluesy-sound is music to my ears; with a voice like Matt Corby and the looks to match, this 19-year-old Adelaidean is sure to become triple j’s next poster boy.
I finally make it to Parsec Café, as tired as each other we grab a coffee and talk music.
Commuters rush past as I ask English about the success of his single ‘I Know You’re Gonna Leave’, which hit number 3 on triple j’s Roots Chart.
“It’s a cool response from people more than anything,” he says. “To know people are going on my triple j and getting around the song… It’s motivational and inspiring.”
I hit him with the Matt Corby comparison, who coincidentally had his gig at HQ the same night.
“It’s a mad compliment, I mean the guy is brilliant.” He takes a sip of his flat white, “But I don’t think I focused on his style that much.”
Instead he doesn’t want today’s artists to influence him too much – steering away from being a reflection of what is already out there.
“When I started out singing it was Jeff Buckley, so I guess there is a bit of inspiration (there) and I’m into blues stuff as well.”
In the beginning it was very much English and his six-string, but now with the support of his band he is more pumped than ever to make sweet-bluesy-goodness.
Instead of relying on just his own ear, he can share ideas and collaborate - really allowing songs to develop organically.
“The thing I’ve really appreciated with having a band is you can bounce ideas with other people and not just yourself. (They) add bass part, drum part, keys part – it’s really inspiring.”
English tells Yewth he can’t wait to release his forthcoming EP and share it with anyone who digs blues, soul, funk and super stripped-back songs.
In the meantime he's “looking forward” to Friday night, where he’ll be playing a sweaty-blues set with his band, alongside AP D’Antonio and Rat Ta’Mango at the Exeter Hotel.
Be sure to follow Ollie English on social media and stay tuned for the release of his new EP!