Thanks for visiting my website. My name is Ollie Collins I’m a bass
player from Manchester UK.
started playing bass when I was 11 years old and formed my first
band with my brother called "The Bullets"! Fast forward to 1993
when I went to Leeds College of Music where learnt the double
bass as well as other tricks of the trade, such as reading and improvising
over jazz changes. After a couple of years of playing gigs overseas
I returned to Manchester where I now live and work.
main ethos when it comes to playing the bass is to be solid and
reliable, an emphasis on note placement and time rather than over
embellishment. . However I'm also in to a variety of sounds, styles,
effects and textures such as fretless and extended range basses.
As well as playing bass guitar and double bass, I also play guitar,
sousaphone and I sing. lead and backing vocals. I read both dots
and chord charts and have plenty of experience working in Theatre
and on TV.
New in 2018
Pleased to be onboard with a new band project called "Both
Sides Now" celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell. There are
already a handful of gigs listed across the UK for more info please
Who else I've Work With: (in order of who I can
Emperor Nearly Dan, Bigfinn,
Angie Palmer, Badly Drawn Boy, Corrine Bailey Rae, Jersey Street,
Craig Owen, Ian Lang, Sax Assault, Bob Mintzer, Branford Marsalis,
Gwillam Simcock, Simon Willescroft, The Elliot Henshaw Band, Classique,
Jooks, Subterranea, Akoustrick, Turn It Loose, Curiosity Killed
The Cat, Alan Parsons, Iconic Phare, Ray Quinn, Danii Minoque, New
Order, Mettle Music, Soularis, Hed Kandi, Kenny Thomas, Rebelski,
Holly Lerski, Planet Groove, James Morrison, The Commitments, Cherry
Ghost and Parlour
Flames - a band featuring Bonehead (Ex Oasis) and Vinny Peculiar.
Where I've Played
played in all sorts of places from tiny coffee shops to 20 thousand
capacity outdoor arenas. Notable venues/events: Glastonbury Festival,
Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall,
London Astoria, Hammersmith Apollo, Manchester Apollo, Manchester
Academy, Manchester GMEX, Manchester Arena, O2 Arena, , Belfast
Odyssey Arena, 02 Indigo Club, 606 Club, Pizza In The Park, World
Sax Congress, London Olympia and more locally…..the Manchester Jazz
have two albums out under my own name. "Make Time Last" recorded
in 2002 and "A New Direction" 2008. Both records comprise of original
material featuring various bass instruments. There are also songs
with me singing! I was lucky and honored to work with some great
friends/musicians on these projects, check out my brother site
olliecollins.com For More Details. More recently in 2009
my band "Akoustrick" have a listen here.
are available to buy via the Music page or CD Baby links
to the right. You can also download tracks from places like itunes.