Nic Oliver

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Born in Essex, where he still remains due to a worrying obsession with village cricket, Nic is Assistant Editor and Senior Writer with the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, which allows him to indulge an even greater obsession with music. A childhood spent playing trumpet in brass bands pointed to a career as the new Doc Severinsen, but his parents' hopes were cruelly cast aside when he discovered his brother's record collection. Educated in the various delights of Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Roy Harper and Irish folk ballads, he then graduated to The Triffids and the Go-Betweens to provide respite from chilly Essex nights full of robo-pop, cheap lager and white stilettos. Completing an English degree at Kent University, he returned to Essex to play cricket, temp for some shady companies, and write music reviews for a local magazine. A stroke of good fortune led him to the EPM, which he helped build up as a leading reference source on popular music (sorry, strictly no classical please!). In his spare time Nic continues to play cricket and wonder if his vinyl collection should be 'trimmed down' to make room for a new sofa. His worries are soothed by the realisation that the current music scene is as vibrant and diverse as he has ever known it. Particular favourites: Rachel Unthank and The Hold Steady, although he also got rather excited by the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue.
Nic Oliver

Articles by Nic Oliver

Flare Acoustic Arts League – Big Top/Encore (Album Reviews)
Crowded House – The Very Very Best Of (Album Reviews)
Spotlight: Robbie Williams – In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010 (Music Features, Spotlights)
Crowded House – Intriguer (Album Reviews)
The Triffids – Wide Open Road: The Best Of (Album Reviews)
Kris Drever – Mark The Hard Earth (Album Reviews)
Kathryn Williams – The Quickening (Album Reviews)
Comment: Owen Duff and the Future of Music (Features)
Jackie Leven – Barefoot Days / Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere (Album Reviews)
Michael Jackson (Features)
Spotlight: Fela Kuti (Features)
Spotlight: The Making Of Nick Cave (Music Features, Spotlights)
Bap Kennedy – Howl On (Album Reviews)
Marc Carroll – Dust Of Rumour (Album Reviews)
Jack Savoretti – Harder Than Easy (Album Reviews)
Chris Wood – Albion: An Anthology (Album Reviews)
Israel Nash Gripka – New York Town (Album Reviews)
Pete Yorn – Back & Fourth (Album Reviews)
The Housemartins – London 0 Hull 4 (Album Reviews)
The Lemonheads – Varshons (Album Reviews)
Joker’s Daughter – The Last Laugh (Album Reviews)