Joan Miquel Oliver

Joan Miquel Oliver, born in Sóller in 1974, is a Mallorcan musician and writer. He has a degree in Philosophy from the University of the Balearic Islands. He is also known as the founder of the band Antònia Font, where he also played the guitar, wrote all the band's songs and acted as their main producer. In 2008 the Government of Catalonia awarded Antònia Font the National Prize for Culture. After nine albums released between 1998 and 2012 and nearly six hundred concerts, their work is considered by music critics as the main contribution to the transformation of Catalan music that took place during the 2000s. Some notable works by Antònia Font are Taxi (2004), which was accompanied by a book of short stories and a fiction short film; Coser i cantar (2007), with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra (Music Award for Best Pop Record); Lamparetes (2011, Gold Record and Impala Silver, more than 20,000 copies sold); and Vostè és aquí (2012), an experimental album with forty short songs.

J. M. Oliver combines his work as a musician with the publication of literary works: the poetry book Odissea trenta mil (2002); the novel El misteri de l'amor (2008), which has been recently translated into Spanish and published by Barrett; the facsimile edition of personal documents Quadern 2008 (2009); the play Un quilo d'invisible (2013); and the fictionalized biography of the Mallorcan climber Miquel Riera Setembre, Octubre i Novembre (2014). With this last volume, the author participated in 2015 in the festival «Literatura em Viagem» in Matosinhos, Portugal. He has published a humorous serial book during 51 weeks in the Catalan newspaper «Ara» entitled Manual imprescindible del perfecte artista pop (2013-2014), and he has also collaborated as a columnist in «Time Out» magazine and the newspaper «Avui». In 2006 he participated with Xavier Grasset in the radio series «De quatre a set» in Catalunya Ràdio with some peculiar Mallorcan chronicles.

Other notable works are the recording of the music version of Odissea trenta mil with the band Droguería Esperanza (2002); the OST of the film My Way, directed by José Antonio Salgot (2007); the jingle of the football TV channel GolTV (2007); the production of the album Ni cap ni peus by Jaume Sisa (2008); the musical production of the TV program «Somiers» on TV3 (2008); the album Directe a París with Albert Pla (2011); and a tour with «Colectiu Eternity», a supergroup shared with Jaume Sisa and Quimi Portet (2014).

He has released the solo albums Surfistes en càmera lenta (2005); Live in Paris (2006); Hansel i Gretel (2007, a two-songs single); Bombón Mallorquín (2008); Un quilo d'invisible (2013, OST, a digital-only release); and Pegasus (2015, with illustrations by the painter Albert Pinya). This last work was the best selling album in Itunes Spain the sixteenth week of 2015, and was ranked among the best of the year in the media («ABC» newspaper or «MondoSonoro» magazine) and was presented throughout a tour of seventy concerts that travelled through Catalonia, Madrid, Aragón and Galicia. Accompanied by Xarli Oliver (drums) and Jaume Manresa (keyboards), his live performance was considered the second best of 2015 by «Rockdelux» magazine.

Some of his songs have been accompanied by videos: Surfistes en càmera lenta (Toni Lara Julián); Hansel i Gretel (Matilda Vidal and Óscar Lorca); and Flors de Cactus (Guarda Forestal). On April 7, 2017, Joan Miquel Oliver published Atlantis, his fourth solo album and the second chapter of the trilogy/symbiosis with Albert Pinya.

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