Hear Slaight Music Residency Alumnus Michael Peter Olsen on Drake’s ‘Views’

By Emily Gagne ● May 05, 2016 13:00

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If you have listened to Drake’s new album, Views, over the past week, you have heard new music from Michael Peter Olsen as well. The CFC alumnus (Slaight Music Residency) played cello on seven Views tracks, including “Controlla”, “Feel No Ways” and “Child’s Play”.

Olsen became attached to Views through Drake’s guitarist Adrian X (the two went to university together alongside fellow Slaight Music Residency alumnus Todor Kobakov). While he previously did some arrangements for Drake’s live tour, Views marks his first time working on one of the rapper’s albums.

The CFC alumnus had a very rewarding experience working on Views (“Great guys to work with!”), especially given Drake and the album’s direct ties to Toronto both in terms of lyrics (there is a song called “Weston Road Flows” and numerous other nods to the city throughout the album) and production.

“Drake did not just say it’s about the 6. Ninety-five per cent of it was made in the 6,” Olsen explains. 

Now that Views is out, Olsen is back to working on some screen-based projects, including scoring an indie horror film (Clean). And he is frequently collaborating with Ben Fox, another Slaight Music Residency alumnus. The duo are composing music for several new projects, including an animated series in the U.S. and an upcoming CBC miniseries.

For more updates on Olsen’s next steps, head to his official website. You can listen to Views on iTunes and get more information on the album and Drake on his site

We are accepting nominations for this year’s Slaight Music Residency through June 3, 2016. To apply, CLICK HERE