Nightshifts is the recording project of Toronto based songwriter Andrew Oliver. He works his magic across vintage synths, groovy guitars and drum machines during late-night recording sessions to create soulful and cosmic pop tunes. Nightshifts delivers slow-building progressions of phased synthesizers and delay-coated guitars to create powerful atmospheres that feel close-at-home. The project is both exciting and complex with a fast-growing reputation for kaleidoscopic production and soulful songwriting. His music carries an underlying theme of imbalance and the challenge to stay present, with the musician confiding, “I very often get caught up thinking about past situations, and looking towards future ones. I write a lot about this imbalance. And ironically, the times I feel most in the moment are when I’m working on music.” Aiming to create music to teleport you to paradise, even if it’s just for three minutes, Nightshifts creates a space to both boogie and feel introspective, whilst learning and feeling something new with each and every turn.
His new track “20s” is a feel-good, nostalgic song dripping in shimmering synths contoured with pumps of electro keys and a tight beat popping in funk guitar and pure energy. Featuring sleek, hip-hop bars from The Game, the single has done a 360 cycle. After meeting The Game outside a hotel at just nine years old, 20 years later Oliver saw the rapper advertising a search for independent artists to collaborate with. Oliver shares, “I dm’d him with the story and the picture of when we met. He said he remembered and was down to collaborate on the song. I sent over the music, and the next day got his verse back. It was surreal to hear him, 16 years later after we met, on my track. And a funny coincidence that the song was called 20s.”
Having garnered millions of streams on Spotify alone, Nightshifts has made a name for himself through his unique and innovative sound. Following the release of a remix of Bon Iver’s “Michicant,” Oliver was praised by Justin Vernon himself, further propelling the Canadian artist into the limelight and giving him a taste of what he is truly capable of.
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