The Unicorn chats to South African singer songwriter, Nic Olsen, aka “SonOfOld”, on the Drive Zone.
SonOfOld is the solo project of South African singer songwriter, Nic Olsen. Olsen is best known as one of the front men of early 2000‘s band Perez and songwriter for The Parlotones.
SonOfOld started developing as a solo project between the first and second Perez albums.
“I decided to start a solo project so that I could have a creative project that did not rely on anyone but myself. Bands are wonderful but it isn’t easy having to rely on others … people’s lives have to share a common purpose and I guess the older one gets the more of an issue this becomes,” explains Olsen.
Around 2008 Olsen released two albums with German indie label, Little Teddy Recordings: ‘Change is how you feel’ (the song of the same title on the album was re-recorded by The Parlotones as ‘Sympathy for the cost’) and ‘3%Baby’. Both albums were well received by Rolling Stone Magazine in Germany (Olsen‘s country of residence at the time) and MusikExpress – the two major music publications in the country. The Third SonOfOld album ‘The Wolf Album’ was released after Olsen‘s time in The Parlotones . On this record he was joined by well-known German drummer Florian Schanze and for a short while SonOfOld became a two piece rock band. ‘The Wolf Album’ was recorded in Chicago with legendary engineer Steve Albini (The Pixies, Nirvana, Lou Reed and many more) and although it enjoyed critical acclaim, SonOfOld went into remission when Olsen relocated from Germany back to South Africa in 2011.
Olsen continued to contribute to The Parlotones and Kahn Morbee‘s solo material and apart from a brief reunion of Perez at Splashy Fen in 2018, there was not much performing going on at all.
Things started to change in 2019 when Olsen met producer and well-known South African drummer, Tom Hughes (Fuzigish, Vulvodynia). He decided to record a fourth album which is now available on pre-save from http://africori.to/sonofold. The album was recorded over a two week period in Olsen‘s house and will be released on the 23rd of October 2020.