“Blisters on my fingers who’d you burden me with this when will you come home?“
Oliver Hufford is a solo artist from Pittsburgh PA, a multi-instrumentalist whose music incorporates different styles and genres that merge into one unique sound. At 17, he’s writing A-level songs, melodies, lyrics, hooks… he puts things in a way that aren’t so obvious to us until he shows us his unique and abstract descriptiveness, and they come across poignantly. Some of his musical inspirations include Bright Eyes, American Pleasure Club, and Tiny Moving Parts. His debut release, a limited ‘glow in the dark’ vinyl single of “Blisters”, the preview song from his upcoming full-length via Wake Up On Fire! (WUOF) Records. I want to thank Oliver (Guitar/Mandolin/Bass/Synth/Keys/Drums and Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.
The first album you ever bought?
34th and 8th by O.A.R.
Your last album bought?
Stratosphere by Duster.
Favorite album of all time?
Tie between Sleep Well Beast and Trouble Will Find Me… both by The National.
Least favorite/most disappointing album?
The Rockville LP by O.A.R. (I much prefer their live recordings to their studio recorded ones.)
First concert attended?
Blue Man Group (when I was 6 or 7 I believe.)
I saw The National here in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall.
Favorite concert ever?
When I went and saw Hot Mulligan at the Rex Theatre.
Least favorite concert?
The Blue Man Group… but, mostly because I love all the shows I’ve been to, and it’s the one I remember the least, so I have to pick it as my least favorite. Not that it was subpar in any way.
Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I’ve lived in Squirrel Hill for most of my life. I moved here from North Carolina when I was 11, and before there, I was born in San Diego. Pittsburgh has been an amazing environment to live in and grow up in. I was always into music, and I first joined a band when I was just finishing middle school. Because of that first band, I got to experience a lot of underground music… Some of which are still my favorite bands today. It’s been awesome to be able to get to know them after the show. Pittsburgh has a unique sense of community, especially when it comes to music! I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with the bands and groups all around the city, and it’s been great to immerse myself in music to an extent I may not have elsewhere.
Thanks, Oliver. As always, I am so amazed at someone who can record a song all by themselves. Literally blows me away every time!
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