Interview: Ollie Roper
If you’ve visited the Third Eye Blind Facebook group, then I’m sure you’ve seen and heard the amazing videos posted by this week’s Expert, Ollie Roper.
And you’ve probably come to look forward to them as well.
Bella Wolf: Do you have any formal musical training? What instruments? And do you play any other instruments?
Ollie Roper: I've had 9 years of classical music training and am grade 7 level in the UK (I'm not sure what music standards are in the USA). I'm also able to play a bit of guitar and own a ukulele, which I'm trying to learn!
BW: How do you go about covering a song? (Explaining it for non-musical people.) Do you work out the notes and stuff by ear? Arranging, etc.
OR: It can be a bit of a long, frustrating process! For the majority of songs, I am able to look up the chords to a song on a website such as "Ultimate Guitar" and from there I can work out the tune (what Stephan actually sings). I usually play the tune with my right hand and simply the chords of the song with my left hand. For the rarer songs, such as “Now I Don't Know”, I can't find the chords. In these cases, it involves a lot of trial and error to try and figure out what sounds right. It's not always possible!
BW: If you could play one song with the band, which would it be?
OR: I'd love to be able to do a cover of "Deep Inside of You" with the band. It's one of my favorite songs to cover and I love hearing it as an acoustic version!
BW: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages and some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind"?
OR: I've been in the blind around 5 years now. I first came across the band thanks to the film American Pie. I heard “Semi-Charmed Life” playing at the end of the film and that made me come across the debut album. I was hooked after listening to that album!
BW: Have you had a major point in your life that 3eb has helped you through it and how?
OR: Any time I'm going through a major change in my life (such as leaving home for the first time, moving to a new city), I always listen to 3eb's music. I find it comforting and real and it always helps me keep my life on track.
BW: What's your Third Eye Blind related Wishes?
A sixth album that won't take 6 years to record!
An extensive tour in the UK. Living in England means that it's almost impossible to go to 3eb shows
I'd love to do a piano collaboration video with Stephan. I think songs like Wounded and The Background would work really well with just a piano and a vocal part
BW: What 5 songs would you put on a set list?
Semi-Charmed Life – my all-time favorite 3eb song
Blinded – probably my second favorite song. The guitar at the start of the song is absolutely incredible!
Faster – I find this song really interesting as from a musical perspective, the chords are quite abstract but blend together so well!
Scattered – I really love this song but it frustrates me so much as it's the one I've been trying to learn a cover of for so long but haven't managed to crack so far!
Now I Don't Know – I've only recently come across this song but it's definitely one of my favorites now. I love the emotion that goes into the song
BW: What's the greatest thing being a fan has brought to your life?
OR: It's given me a platform to share my covers. I've always loved making covers of any song (not just 3eb). Then community and love within the band has really given me the confidence and encouragement to share all my videos.
BW: If you could travel with one member of the band, who would you choose? Where would you go?
OR: I'd love to travel with Stephan while he's finding inspiration to write songs. I think it'd be really interesting to travel with him to San Francisco (back to his roots) just to see where the musical genius comes from.
BW: What's your home town? What should 3eb visit if they're in town?
OR: I'm from Cheltenham in England. It's about an hour and a half from London. It probably one of the most British places ever as it's incredibly posh. If the band's in town the best thing to check out would be the horse racing. Cheltenham is world famous as being one of the most important tracks in the UK.
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