Joan Miquel Oliver
Musician and Writer (Sóller, 1974)
When he was twenty-two, when he was finishing his Philosophy degree in Palma, Oliver decided to join up with four friends from university to form what ended up being one of the most important independent pop groups in Catalan: Antònia Font. The first album, called Antònia Font, brought the group to the critics and the public’s attention in 1999.
Since then, the Mallorcans have released another five albums; A Rússia (2001), Alegria (2002), Taxi (2004), Batiscafo Katiuskas (2006) and Coser y Cantar (2007). With Taxi they won important prizes like the best album of the year in the magazines Enderock and Rock’n’Classic, and the second-best album of the year in the magazine Rock de Luxe. In 2008, Antònia Font received the Premi Nacional de Música from the Generalitat de Catalunya.
A tireless worker, Joan Miquel Oliver combines his work as lyricist and guitarist in Antònia Font with his equally successful solo career, which he began in 2002. With the albums Drogueria Esperança - Odissea 30.000, Surfistes en càmera lenta, Sa Núvia Morta-Hansel i Gretel and Bombón mallorquín, he has shown that he is not only one of the best lyricists on the national scene, but he can also seduce audiences with his own voice.
This self-taught musician has also published two books: the poems Odissea 30.000 and the novel El misteri de l’amor.