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Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire) joins Alberts

Posted on 9 Sep 2013

We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire) to Alberts.

The published works of composer, musician and producer Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire) will be represented and managed by Alberts worldwide.

Already well known in Australia for his compositions and performances with The Cat Empire, Ollie’s compositions outside of the multi-platinum selling band are fast becoming noticed globally.

Ollie’s music career has always been fascinating.

As one of the original founding members of The Cat Empire (formed in 1999), Ollie’s music career has included studying with the likes of Steve Sedergreen, performing in various bands including The Jazz Cat and working in his dad’s ad agency writing jingles.

10 years on, The Cat Empire released their 5th studio album ‘Steal The Light’ on their own label and are currently in the middle of a world tour.

Alongside performing and co-writing with The Cat Empire bandmates Felix Riebl and Harry James Angus (Days Like These, Won't Be Afraid and Prophets In The Sky to name only a few), Ollie has been composing music for film/TV/Radio commercials. His recent compositions inlcude The Age Classified, Mayne, Melbourne Motor Show and his hugely successful Melbourne Metro Campaign ‘Dumb Ways To Die’.

Aimed at making young people more careful around trains, the video for "Dumb Ways To Die" has now clocked up over 58 million views on Youtube. The radio version ad won the Golden Siren award at the Commercial Radio Australia Awards, and swept the floor at the prestigious annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, winning 28 awards making it the single most awarded advertising campaign for the festival to date.

The versatility of Ollie’s solo compositions for major corporations to ‘recording strange atmospheric jazz recordings with a poet and a slightly broken synthesiser’ is one to be admired.

Ollie McGill joins The Cat Empire bandmates Harry James Angus (ex ANZ) and Felix Riebl who recently joined Alberts.

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