Singer-songwriter Oliver Aron has released his hopeful debut EP, “Drama King.” This autobiographical alt-pop record serves as an invitation to find beauty in the most challenging moments and be proud of your scars.

For a long time, a turbulent childhood defined Oliver’s identity until he decided it was time to put an end to that. “While my father was at work, I was cooking for us.” Since Oliver’s mother left the family, the singer-songwriter’s priorities shifted. “As a child, I wasn’t focused on what I wanted to become or typical childhood activities; it was more about finding a place where I felt accepted.

Fortunately, my father and I found solace in church. I was there about three times a week. Religion taught me to love and forgive.”However, he felt the urge to write his own story. Oliver’s sexuality brought questions that clashed with religion, inspiring his track “Rainbow Fever.” He decided to make his own choices and moved to Amsterdam as soon as he turned eighteen. “I had to live, heal, and break before realizing that music was my path.”

“I started making music quite late, and I had no idea where to start, but I knew no one was going to do it for me.” At the age of 23, Oliver realized it wasn’t too late to change course, but there was work to be done. Every day was a new opportunity to improve, as reflected in his explosive track “The Past.” Our past shapes us but does not determine who we are tomorrow. “I was finally free to take control and started started living instead of dreaming.”

Despite life sometimes being genuinely dark, Oliver wouldn’t want to miss anything. “I owe this mindset to this EP.”

“Drama King” is a powerful collection of tracks that takes listeners on a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and the triumph of turning adversity into strength.

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