While making his name fronting The Thomas Oliver Band, Thomas Oliver added a new string to his bow when he picked up a lap steel guitar (where sound is made by pressing a bar against the guitar strings). He has gone on to earn international recognition as a leading proponent of the instrument. His instrumental YouTube videos and debut solo album Beneath the Weissenborn have garnered acclaim. Oliver's 2015 single ‘If I Moved to Mars’ was nominated for a 2016 APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award.
After winning attention both in The Thomas Oliver Band and with his solo lap steel guitar work, Thomas Oliver took away the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award with 'If I Move to Mars'. The video makes the most of the intragalactic theme, with a Gravity inspired/gravity-defying video made by a pair of effects wizards from Weta Workshop. The visually impressive result sees Oliver in a spacesuit, peacefully orbiting the Earth playing a custom space-guitar as the sun slowly rises behind him.