Ollie McGill

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Oliver "Ollie" McGill (born 2 November 1981) is an Australian keyboardist who is the keyboard player and backing vocalist for The Cat Empire and composer of the song "Dumb Ways to Die" for Metro Trains Melbourne.

McGill is also a member of several other Melbourne based bands, including The Genie (a fusion band), The Conglomerate (a modern jazz quartet), and other bands such as Peaking Duck, The Future, 77, and Past Ollie's Bedtime.

He attended Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia.

In 2012, he composed the song "Dumb Ways to Die" for Metro Trains Melbourne, via agency McCann Melbourne. The song reached the top 10 of the iTunes charts within 24 hours, while the video went viral, achieving over 6 million views in just three days.[1]

McGill also works as a producer, having produced two EPs for ILUKA (Nikki Thorburn), and a number of tracks for Phoebe Eve.[2]


  1. ^ "Metro's tongue-in-cheek transport safety animated video goes viral on social media". AU: The Age. 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Ollie, McGill. "Ollie McGill, Music Maker". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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