Introducing: Olly Flavell
An acoustic singer-songwriter writing songs about life and love in Manchester
Words: Tanisha Hanna-Beards
Usually found singing and strumming his way around Manchester’s open mic circuit, at busking spots or even the cities highest rooftops, Olly Flavell seems to turn anywhere he finds into a platform for performing. As an experienced singer-songwriter he certainly knows what it takes to get an audience up on their feet and his unique concoction of pop, rock and country influences seems to get heads bobbing wherever he goes.
Currently studying Songwriting at British and Irish Modern Music (BIMM) in Manchester, this 19-year-old songsmith is working on a few tracks for an upcoming EP featuring all original material inspired by his university days spent in the city.
“I tend to write about living in the city a lot but usually uni experiences are good in terms of inspiration. Obviously as they’re love songs relationships play a part in it too. The new single and EP I’m working on follows the same sort of line really.”
His next single, set for release in the coming months, entitled A Spark Inside, really encapsulates Olly’s foot-stomping style. A heartbreak song it may be but slow and mellow it is not. With emotionally-charged lyrics and a catchy chorus, this self-produced track, is certainly one that’ll be looping around your head after a few listens. A live, rooftop acoustic performance of which can be checked out on the video below.
This demo barely scratches the surface in terms of his recent musical endeavours over the summer. From London to Falmouth, with his guitar at his side, Olly has seemingly travelled himself across the UK with the hope of sharing his music with a wider audience.
Whilst being quizzed about his exciting summer adventures it’s obvious that music is more than just a pastime for Olly.
“I guess it’s a good form of self-release really. I can’t pinpoint why I love music so much, it’s a hard question to answer but I just love writing.”
This love of music translates into a desire to perform and after gigging it acoustically, a few months ago Olly decided to branch out and has since pieced together a backing band which he says “makes tracks a lot easier to arrange”. With a band behind him the audience seem even more engaged and willing to dance along to his self-penned tracks. This new dynamic brings a whole new feel to his live set.
If you fancy checking out the buzz of Olly’s live performances for yourself, you can catch him at a few upcoming gigs in and around the Manchester area such as the Saturday Night Confessions at Affleck’s Palace and also the Whiskey Jar’s open mic night. His cleverly crafted original songs are completely unique and certainly worth a listen.