Oliver Patrice Weder is a Swiss musician and composer based between Amsterdam and London. Under the influence of his father’s expansive vinyl collection, he started his musical journey learning classical and jazz piano in the rainy foothills of the Alps.
Oliver joined his first blues band at the age of 14, playing organ and synths. He spent his teenage years recording and playing with various bands, which led him to study songwriting in Brighton, UK. He became a part of Brighton’s thriving music scene, working as a session musician and songwriter, and joined psychedelic folk rock band Time for T, releasing EPs and touring all over Europe. During his course, his piano and strings pieces were used for a student film, which sparked his interest in film music composition.
In 2013, Oliver spent a year at Berklee College of Music in Valencia studying film music, making composition and production his main focus. This included a trip to Air Studios in London to record his score for French short film, Edith & Lucile, with a 55-piece film orchestra.
Oliver then moved to London to join the pioneering virtual instrument company, Spitfire Audio, where he is now lead composer. He has also composes for the BBC (Five Star Babies: Inside The Portland Hospital), Extreme Music, orchestrates for Keaton Henson and has produced Time for T’s debut album ‘Hoping Something Anything’. He has also worked on TV productions such as ‘The Go-Between’, ‘Fresh Meat’, ‘Inside Number 9’, ‘Safe’ or ‘Maigret’s Dead Man’ as assistant composer.
In 2017, Oliver scored a feature horror film, The Haunted, with fellow composer Homay Schmitz. In collaboration with Spitfire, they made Inside the Score, a never-before-seen ten part vlog-style series, documenting the entire scoring process, from meeting the director to seeing the film show at various prestigious international film festivals. During the same year, he scored ‘Heart’s Ease’ which won several awards including ‘Best UK Short’ at the Nottingham International Film Festival.
In 2017, Oliver moved his studio to La Coruña, Spain, where he began work on his debut solo album. This deeply personal collection of pieces features an unusual blend of acoustic instruments and rhythms, influenced by his travels across Europe, Brazil and Africa, and his experiences living and making a home in different European countries. In 2018, Oliver relocated his studio to the canals of Amsterdam, where he has just finished the forthcoming album, set for release on SA Recordings in 2019. His first EP, featuring three piano pieces, was released in January 2019, available on streaming platforms and as a limited edition 7” vinyl.