Grow Playlist – Here & Now EP By Ollie Dixon
We step into a new year and immediately seek to better ourselves. Diets, finances, routines, new friendships – sound familiar? I’m not going to bring my pessimistic side out to play, but we know all too well that a lot of the time our “New Year Goals” relax throughout the year. So instead, I challenge you to take part in the simplest aim that’ll require very little from you and could even complement your New Year goals…Listen to new music and listen local. Devon has more musicians than you can imagine, with singer-songwriters leading the pack in the region. Perhaps it’s our beautiful rugged coastlines or stacked moorland that inspires the generation of singer-songwriters. One of Devon’s finest is alternative-folk artist, Ollie Dixon, who has mastered the art of writing compelling lyrics and genuine melodies that “reach into your soul”.
Teaming up with producer and label owner Charles Farrelly (Farrelly Productions), the EP “HERE&NOW” (released in mid-December) has taken a different direction to embrace a new series of tales written throughout the last year. Befriending Ollie at Glas-Denbury Festival in 2018, it has been amazing to see his style adapt and I admire the grind that has gone into HERE&NOW and quite frankly, the work put into every show of his. Supported by long-term partner, Abbie Barton, with the endless help from Farrelly, they are an example of the absolute dream team!
Listening to HERE&NOW, straight away you’re submerged into the depths of emotional songwriting with Ollie’s low, croaky vocals, washy drums and twinkly slide guitars on the first track “Anchors Pt.1” (I am so ready for Pt.2, Ollie, don’t leave us hanging!). The song presents a lazy feel, with a dramatic melodic story that you can imagine hearing during an advert without a doubt. We sail into track 3 of the EP with the song “No Man Is An Island”, an uplifting twist on the old expression from John Donne that demonstrates Ollie’s songwriting comes from a humble place inside.
Dixon is renowned for his excellent finger-picking style and lap slide guitar, not to mention the sincere performances that he delivers across the South West. Checking in with Ollie, he made it apparent that 2020 is the year for him; planning to “release a tonne of new music”, achieve more support slots and even collaborating with local artists. For lovers of Ben Howard, John Butler and Bon Iver, Ollie Dixon is a must-see! Ollie will be playing at The Junction (Plymouth) on 28th February.
“Talented singer-songwriter Ollie Dixon is creating something very special, with great energy and music that reaches into your soul.” – Music In Devon Initiative
You can find more information and music online through Ollie’s website at www.olliedixonmusic.co.uk.
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Written by Becky Grinham