We all know him as keyboardist and backing vocalist for the world’s favourite party band, The Cat Empire, now Ollie McGill returns to Tanks this Saturday the 7th of October to perform his progressive style of jazz with his new project The Ollie McGill Trio.
Aside from his membership in one of Australia’s most successful musical exports, The Cat Empire, Ollie plays part in several other Melbourne-based bands including The Conglomerate (a modern jazz quartet), Peaking Duck, The Future, 77 and Past Ollie’s Bedtime.
This will be Ollie’s third trip to the tropics in three years. Last year Ollie joined fellow TCE band member Harry James Angus as part of another jazz side-project.
During their visit, Ollie played an intimate gig with Cairns band The Montgomery Brothers. “I met the guys from The Montgomery Brothers at the Tanks Arts Centre in 2016,” Ollie says.
“We were at the Tank 5 residency house where Sahara Beck’s band was having a little shindig.
Remarkably, there are two pianos there – back to back; conducive to some pretty exciting jams, which we
did until the sun came up.”
A producer and multi-instrumentalist, Ollie also composed the top 10 iTunes hit song ‘Dumb Ways to Die” for metro Trains Melbourne.
The video went viral, achieving over 6 million views in three days.
Describing their sound as electronic inspired jazz with progressive rock influences, prepare yourselves for
an auditory experience unlike anything you’ve heard before.
“It has a groove, it is harmonically adventurous; it’s new and exciting and has a bit of edge,” Ollie
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