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Fabio De Oliveira (George Ezra) - Interview

Fabio, thanks for agreeing to take part in this! You can often be found on stages all around the world behind George Ezra. However, you originally followed in your father’s footsteps with percussion if I’m right? Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started and when did you discover the Drum set? Yeah my father (Bosco De Oliveria) is a percussionist and when at a young age I showed an interest in music, he would take me along to rehearsals, sessions and gigs to sit in on some small hand percussion. I was always aware of the drum kit but I only started wanting to play at around nine or ten. Even then it was only around sixteen or seventeen that I decided to take the drum kit seriously. You started at quite a young age playing with some big artists. By the time you’d left school you had already made some mainstream radio appearances as well as touring internationally. How did that feel to have done so much at such a young age? Did you find that you were thrown straight in at the deep end in terms of pressure and responsibility? I was super lucky to have been in the environment from such a young age. I believe this made me stage wise. I have always felt very comfortable on stage and in a professional musical environment. At that age, it's almost as if you have nothing to lose and because of your age often people will give you the benefit of the doubt. I never relied on this but it meant that I didn't feel pressure. Funnily enough I definitely feel more pressure and responsibility now than I did back then. With starting at such a young age, comes an impressive CV! Could you tell us who you are currently working with and who else you have worked with in the past? For the past 5 years I've been behind the tubs for George Ezra which has been amazing and that is generally considered my main gig. Some other highlights include working with Airto Moreira, Alfa Mist, Jacob Collier, Jamie Cullum, The Odd910, Teotima and Ella Clayton.

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