We recently got to speak with music artist Nightshifts, the recording project of Toronto-based songwriter Andrew Oliver. His music blends groovy guitars and drum machines to create soulful and cosmic pop tunes. Nightshifts’ sound can be described as slow-building progressions of phased synthesizers and delay-coated guitars. His latest single, “Beach is out now on all streaming platforms.
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Check out what he had to say about his music.

How excited are you to release new music?

I am extremely excited. I got to stockpile a bunch of new songs over this last year. I can’t wait to get them out. 

What can you tell us about your style of music?

I use guitars, drum machines, and synthesizers to make chill, soulful rock-ish music. My earliest attempts at making music was using sampling to make hip hop beats. I then started to sing and play guitar. My current style combines those different paths into my current sound.  

When people listen to your music, what are you hoping they get out of it?

I hope they get excited and intrigued by it. I hope it transports them to another, more interesting place for a few minutes. I hope they find something new each time they listen.

Who is Nightshifts as an artist?

I am like a smoothie machine, I take in all my favourite songs and blend them together with whatever’s happening in my life. I am at my most comfortable when I am tinkering away in my studio alone. I am perpetually curious about sounds, and I’m somewhat addicted to the feeling of making something that didn’t previously exist.

What do you think about all the genre bending happening in music?

I love it and I think it is necessary. It allows music to evolve like all things. Without it we would be stuck hearing the same song over and over.

What’s the best thing about playing music?

For me, it is meditative. Often it is the one time when I am not thinking about anything else. It allows me to be truly in the moment, and provides me with a sense of purpose! 

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Stream “Beach” here.
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