Ollie's dream

Ollie making music

Name: Ollie

Age: 22

Date dream fulfilled: 24/08/2015

Summary: Keen musician Ollie has dreamed of becoming a studio artist/producer for a very long time. The 21-year-old underwent treatment for brain cancer and now hopes to start university again, doing a course in music.
Ollie also wanted a keyboard, inspired by his idol Stevie Wilson and his distinctive style of mixing that makes the music sound really big. Ollie’s dream came true when he got a brand new keyboard and bass cabinet.

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Keen musician Ollie has dreamed of becoming a studio artist/producer for a very long time. The 21-year-old underwent treatment for brain cancer and now hopes to start university again, doing a course in music. Ollie dreamed of having an amplifier cabinet for his bass so that he could play live again, either at university or in one of the bands he is part of.

Ollie also wanted a keyboard, inspired by his idol Stevie Wilson and his distinctive style of mixing that makes the music sound really big. Ollie’s dream came true when he got a brand new keyboard and bass cabinet.

Mundane aspects of everyday life, like eating, paled into insignificance the morning Ollie’s equipment arrived - he didn’t bother to have breakfast, but immediately “ecstatically and eagerly” plugged everything in! Ollie couldn’t wait to hear his bass playing properly for the first time in a long while, but it wasn’t until he actually turned on his new amp that he realised just how loud a 15 inch, 250 watt speaker really is! The sound was incredible. Everything in the room shook, including Ollie, and his startled dog legged it to the other side of his house!

Ollie joked that it is just as well that he lives in a detached house – plus, unbelievably, he was only using the volume at 2 out of 10 at this point!

Then it was time for the budding studio artist to try out the second part of his dream gift. His new keyboard would allow him to record midi and use various different software sounds to create tons of synthesised sounds and give him lots of mixing and production experience. Eager to get started, Olly plugged the keyboard in and fired up Pro Tools, a type of software for recording.

His verdict..?

“I was awash with just how lush everything sounded and how for the first time ever I was actually able to record myself with everything I needed to write a masterpiece. Now all I need is the talent...

Thank you ever so much for fulfilling my dream, the bass cab is soooooo useful and the keyboard is just wonderful, my mum is very jealous because it feels almost like a real piano but with a plethora of sounds available. “ Ollie

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