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humans of mac+mae: Thomas Oliver

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This is a photo of my ex-girlfriend and me, taken at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Auckland recently. Her name is Hayley. This photo is very special to me. Obviously part of why it is special to me is that I’m holding the Silver Scroll, a songwriting award I won that night. But it is particularly special to me because Hayley and I have been apart for almost a year now. It’s been a really hard year and we’ve had periods where we didn’t talk at all, sometimes because we knew it was best, and sometimes because we simply couldn’t manage it. I won the songwriting award for ‘If I Move To Mars’. It’s a really prestigious prize, which is awarded at a big ceremony at Vector Arena.

When Hayley and I were together, we were driving from Wellington to Hawke’s Bay and we decided to try to think of cool ideas for songs. Mars had been in the media a lot at the time, so Hayley suggested, “what about a song about Mars?” We were both fascinated by the concept of populating Mars, so I loved the idea. Being the songwriter, I suggested that the song be, “if I move to Mars, will you come with me?” So the song simply wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for Hayley. Not only that, but she went on to organise a team of people from her work, Weta Workshop, to create the music video for the song, and she essentially ended up being the producer on it, so she was very involved with the whole process behind the song. So when I was informed that I was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll, I asked Hayley, “will you come with me?” 

When I won the award, I had to make an acceptance speech, and I was so glad to have an opportunity to publicly acknowledge Hayley’s contribution to the song, and to have her there that night was so fitting, and something I cherish. 

This photo is special to me because it represents sharing this achievement together, and, despite all the heartache and hardship we have been through since breaking up, being truly happy in each other’s company, and being at peace in our hearts for just one night. 

Hailing from Wellington, Thomas Oliver is a singer-songwriter who is internationally recognised as one of the leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar. With millions of views on YouTube, he has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand which has seen him play hundreds of shows across New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia.  Oliver’s ability to write stirring lyrics and move between sweet melodic and grunty vocals has also earned him a reputation as a vocalist in Drum & Bass, having collaborated with some of the most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Rido and Concord Dawn, and boasting releases on prestigious labels, including Goldie’s own Metalheadz.   He is also the winner of the Silver Scrolls 2016.

His latest single, ‘If I Move To Mars’, is the first release from his album due for release in 2017.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM