Oliver Tree (birth name – Oliver Tree Nickell) is an LA-based songwriter, singer, and producer who’s already been called by The Huffington Post “an enigma of genre.” He is known for his creative approach to art, style, and more as well as for his music.
Tree got his start in 2013 when he released music under the name “Tree.” His debut EP, “Alien Boy,” was released on Feb. 16, and debuted No. 10 on iTunes charts.
He has a self-described addictive personality which fuels his commitment to music. Tree said – “It’s a crazy obsession. An addiction, essentially.” However, his zealousness is more an inspiration than a hindrance, serving as a method to grow and connect. Oliver said:
“You’re creating a little world you can share with people.”
Oliver Tree was born on June 29, 1993, in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
He began playing piano at the age of 3. He began recording and writing music in middle school. In addition, Tree played guitar and sang in a rock band, named – ”Irony.” He shares:
“When I was 13, I went to CCSC, Clown College Summer Camp. I had a really bad unicycling accident which made me reevaluate my life. That’s when music came into the picture.”
In high school, Tree became a DJ and recorded with the rap group ”Mindfuck.”
On his 18th birthday, Oliver reinvented his persona as ”Tree.” He explained:
“This marked the conscious decision to birth a new project where I had creative freedom to release all styles of music and art that inspire me.”
Oliver later added:
“A place where I wasn’t confined by genres, or even mediums for that matter.”
At age 18, Oliver released his debut EP Demon after signing to R&S Records, an independent record label founded in 1984 in Ghent, Belgium. The EP gained some recognition after Thom Yorke (the lead singer and main songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead) approved his cover of their song “Karma Police.”
When he was 18, Oliver spoke about a scooter crash he got into:
“I hit this thing, I go flying. I break my left wrist, my right wrist, and the joint that connects the thumb to my hand. So, it’s about that scooter crash but it’s also about a falling out I had with my old scooter crew.”
”We used to ride every single day after school at the park rain or shine. I was the only guy out of the whole team to get signed. And I think there was a lot of jealousy and frustration and that song is an apology to them and a fuck you to everyone else.”
In October 2016, Oliver emerged as a featured performer on the single “Forget It” by Getter, an American DJ, rapper, actor, producer, and comedian who released an EP titled ”Radical Dude!” with heavy dub, bass-driven on March 11, 2016.
In 2017, Getter launched his own clothes shop, record label, and artist collective known as ”Shred Collective.” Getter has collaborated with some big-name artists like – Skrillex, Datsik, Suicideboys, and Borgore.
In 2017, Tree performed at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.
In the same year, he signed a deal with Atlantic Records and also released the solo singles “All I Got,” “Welcome to L.A.,” and “Cheapskate.” Tree said:
“I try to let my truest self out in the music, and I try to be honest with myself and try and create something that has some kind of positive impact.”
Oliver later added:
“I’m conscious about what I’m putting out, and I want it to be something that’s going to benefit the world.”
In 2017, Tree was the supporting act on Louis the Child’s Last to Leave Tour as well as in 2018 for Skizzy Mars’ Are You OK? Tour.
In February 2018, Oliver released his major label debut EP, named – ”Alien Boy,” along with the double music video for “All That x Alien Boy.” Tree spent five months practicing freestyle Monster Truck jumping at the Perris Auto Speedway and performed all his own stunts in the music video. Also, he directed and wrote the debut, that took more than nine months to create.
When asked about who he would want to collaborate with given the opportunity, Tree responded:
“I’m really inspired by David Blaine’s earlier work. He did this little stunt with an ice cube, he was frozen for 48 hours.”
Oliver also said:
”And I’ve been training. By this time next year, I should be able to beat his record with 52 hours.”
On December 7, 2018, he released his second music video, “Hurt.” In the first week, the music video for “Hurt” reached 1 million plays while the song received notable radio play.
Tree traveled to Ukraine to film the video, that he wrote and co-directed with Zack Ferry, an up and coming musician. ”Hurt” is actually a single taken from his debut album, named – ”Ugly Is Beautiful.”
On December 6, 2019, Oliver released the single – ”Cash Machine.”
Oliver Tree is dating Melanie Martinez, an American singer who appeared on The Voice during season 3.
On November 11, 2018, he participated in the clip “bizness” of French rapper Lorenzo.
His first Instagram post was a picture of him being featured in an LA Weekly Coachella fashion post.
He studied business at San Francisco State University for 2 years. This university offers 5 doctoral degrees, 94 master’s degrees, 118 different bachelor’s degrees, along with 26 teaching credentials among 6 academic colleges.
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His music is available on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, and more.
In 2018, a modified version of his track Movement was featured in an ad for the iPhone X.
He has played during major festivals, like – Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, and performed as a special guest at Coachella.
In 2017, Tree was named on LA Weekly’s ‘The Best Fashion at Coachella’ list in 2017.
He has worked with companies such as Barstool Sports, Fuck Jerry, and WorldStarHipHop.
Oliver Tree – Net Worth
Tree earned most of his wealth from selling tickets to his concerts, selling his albums, sponsors, and advertisements on his YouTube channel. His channel has more than 1.07 million subscribers and over 198 million views.
In addition, Tree has a website – olivertreemusic.com, on which he sells merch (t-shirts & hoods). Therefore, Oliver Tree has an estimated net worth of $0.85 million.
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