After graduating Berklee College of Music on a Full Scholarship, London based writer/producer and keys man Oli Rockberger went on to live and work in NY for 10 years, building a strong reputation as a versatile and in-demand keys live/studio sideman, with credits including Carly Simon, John Mayer, Common, Steve Gadd, Chris Dave, Steve Jordan, Levon Helm, Gloria Gaynor and as a member of grammy award-winning trumpeter & composer Randy Brecker's touring band.
Whilst in NY, Oli co-founded forward-thinking electronic project Mister Barrington alongside Zach Danziger and Owen Biddle, releasing 3 albums together, and described by Electronic Musician “..like Stevie Wonder spinning soul tales over programming by Flying Lotus or Squarepusher”. During this same period, Oli released two solo albums, “Old Habits” & “Sovereign”, which received a strong reception in the UK, leading to Jazz FM A-Playlisting, and appearances at the London Jazz and Love Supreme festivals.
In 2016, Oli returned to his London roots, in part to join the touring band of multi-award winning artist Laura Mvula, with whom he has toured extensively for the last few years, including: Glastonbury Main Stage, Jules Holland, Afropunk (London, NY, Jo'Berg), The Lincoln Center and with the London Symphony Orchestra. Other recent credits include Louis Cole, Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven and Jordan Rakei, with whom he recently contributed a co-write & additional production on the song “Speak” on Jordan’s latest release “Origin” ('Ninja Tune' June '18).
Oli's 5th solo collection, the self-produced 'Terra Firma' (July '19), is a powerful blend of modern folk and soul with an ambient & electronic sensibility, establishing him as an important emerging writer/producer on the UK's burgeoning creative music scene. Upcoming collaborative recording projects include Shawn Escoffery (Decca), Terrane (A W4ard), China Moses, as well as several solo EP’s for release over the next year..
Oct 5th wi/China Moses at Ronnie Scotts
Oct 18th guest appearance wi/Jordan Rakei at The Roundhouse
Oct 23/wi Laura Mvula @Canterbury Festival