Oliver West is a singer-songwriter and producer born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, currently based in Münster, Germany. Before moving to Europe, West played in various Anchorage bands (Presque Vu, Tiltback). In 2016 West self-produced and released his debut album “Barn Burning” using nothing but an iPad and three instruments. He earned acclaim in Germany by playing on the streets with a unique mix of acoustic percussive and finger style, bringing the sounds of many instruments out of one guitar, which attracted the attention of local musicians, dance troupes, and visual artists with whom he worked throughout 2017 at various festivals and art events. He also garnered attention in Anchorage playing unplugged midnight sets for passersby in a large tunnel at Elderberry Park. Parallel to being on tour in Europe throughout most of 2017 and 2018, West has recorded and will soon release his second album, “Weather Me.” The “Weather Me.” tour marks West’s return to his musical homeland.
West’s style is characterized by a mixture of disparate elements. With various elements of traditional folk, Americana, jazz, blues, and RnB, several languages, a dynamic voice and expressive guitar playing, his songs combine his origins in the mountains of Alaska with his current life in Europe’s lowlands. Sometimes political, often poetic, sometimes banal and stream-of-consciousness, his introspective songs are loaded both with wordplay and a sense of constant wandering between places, observing the world around. An Alaskan through and through, his songs convey a sense of awe for the natural world, reverence for weather, drinking whiskey on cold nights, and the DIY far-north spirit that goes into being a one-man band.