GenresRock, Funk, Pop
LocationLos Angeles CA United States
Sounds LikeRed Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz
Digital Locationwww.oliomusic.com musicpage.com/olio
HistoryMember since: 02/19/2014 Year Founded: 1997
- Original material: 03 hrs : 00 min
- Cover material: 00 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 6
- CDs sold: 4000
- Digital songs sold: 5500
- Original Songs: 50
- Average Draw: 300
- Largest crowd: 10,000
- Have sound: Full PA
Power-packed Rock/Funk/Pop Trio from Los Angeles. Influenced by the legends who came before us and supported by the fans they created.
Electricity fills the room when a musician or group of musicians express themselves from their core, releasing a huge amount of energy. When the audience gives that energy right back, it's intoxicating and addictive. Something really special happens and the sum is much greater than the individual parts and an authentic connection is made between the band and audience. A moment is shared that is forever remembered and cherished. Today there is so much talk about how a lot of new music is lifeless and boring, especially at the concerts. The music is sometimes programmed and made into backing tracks. Nothing played live except the vocals, well...sometimes even that's pre-recorded. Where have all the true artists gone? We believe there is a resurgence of live music. Real music played by people that truly give everything they have to the music they make. We believe in the energy and love that live music brings to everyone involved. Olio was inspired by rock legends that made music in the moment without the help of computers and backing tracks. It's our responsibility to continue this inspired tradition. Sharing moments with you, the fan, that can only happen at a live show. This is what we do...it is who we are.
In 2014 the band released their 3 third full length studio album "UNTITLED." This is a much anticipated project, after their time with recording legend Eddie Kramer, who produced the bands last two EP's, Comeback Kings & the yet to be released France Sessions. They learned a lot and wanted to combine that knowledge with the energy and fun of their live shows. so when they returned from their Summer Tour in 2013, they hit the studio with reckless abandon. having played most of the new songs on tour, they were really tight and knew exactly how this record should sound and feel. This project offers a nice variety of rock, funk, and pop with well crafted songs and stories. In an era where people are focused on making "tracks" & "hooks" Olio is focused on the song. regardless of genre, the song is the most important thing. Then when you add that to a tight groove and or an edgy riff, you're creating something that people can sink their teeth into.
Back on December 18, 2012 Olio released the Comeback Kings EP produced by legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones, Santana, Woodstock, Kiss, Frampton, Robert Randolph, Grace Potter). This session was born from a project at Loyola Marymount University where Eddie and the band recorded their first single together "Hello/Goodbye". This prompted a new relationship so the band & Eddie could finish an EP. Before the project was done, Eddie needed a band to do a session in France for a Recording Workshop for some of the worlds top young Producers.
So Olio got on a plane and while there, they laid down the foundation tracks for the France Sessions EP. More importantly they wrote two new songs while there. One of which is "Rich People Problems" which Eddie loved and had the band record it immediately! old school style, no click track, just push record and go! The song is now a staple in the live shows and shows the raw energy of the band as well as their groovesmanship. the second song "Round & Round" can be heard on their 2014 release "Untitled"
2011 is what kind of started all of this good fortune. Olio won the Emerging Artist Competition held by Rusty’s on the Santa Monica Pier. They were the only band to play the Twilight Dance Series twice in one summer, opening for Dawes with Jackson Browne in front of a crowd of several thousand music lovers. Shortly there after bassist Kelley Hill joined the band and they have been non-stop ever since.
Other accolades include the celebrated release of their 2010 single “Get It Good” following the success of the 2009 11 song album “Living The Dream.” The songs are dynamic ranging from the nylon stringed sweetness of “Completely Beautiful” about the profound impact of becoming a parent (received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2008 West Coast Songwriters International Competition) to a hard rock/rap collab that already has 20,000 NJ Devils fans shouting “Here We Go” at the Prudential Center. Their homage to the mamacita de futbol aka “Soccer Mom” inspired one impassioned UK critic to call them “sexist and subtle as a sledghammer.” The sound they create is rich and packs a punch reminiscent of the John Mayer Trio while thematically aiming for Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”
To experience Olio only on recording is doing yourself a disservice. yeah, it's nice to listen to some good songs but wouldn't rather see and feel the experience in person? So, maybe the question isn’t Who or What is Olio but rather When and Where?
Amazon.comOctober 08, 2014
Olio - some true-blue progressive rock after a long time, with the works! Arrangements are intricate in harmony, guitar fills neat and ingenious and everything else is clear and just in the right place at the right time. Ready set go and Round ’n’ round with that awesome wah effect sucked me in to the mix. Once in a lifetime is slow ’n’ easy but watch out for Caught up - it’s catchy!
Spaced Out MagazineSeptember 19, 2014
Love live bands? Love the sound of real music? Then you will love Olio! SOM reviews “Ready Set Go” a song featured on there new album “Untitled”. Olio gives a clear direction of funk/melody with this song as it gives a feel of amped up high velocity energy, or more of a, I’m at at football game and my game is winning type feel! Whatever the feel maybe for you make sure you check them out and get familiar with this band as they continue to do what they love, how they love. Spaced Out Magazine gives Olio 3 out of 5 stars for “Ready Set Go”.
Creative Control MagazineJuly 08, 2014
Pop, rock and funk all have their individual claims to fame. Pop has the catchy hooks, rock gives you the edge that pure pop is often missing and funk just makes you want to move. What happens when you combine all three? You get songs that you can sing along to with a little edge and dance to your heart’s desire. Basically, what you get is a band called Olio.
What you get from Oilo is nothing short of fast-paced rock with soul. Songs like “Boom” and “Get A Room” definitely have those catchy lines that pop fans are seeking. However, don’t get stopped there. These guys definitely play a rock show. You’ll also get those fast and loud guitar riffs that take the stage. In songs like “Show Goes On,” you have that classic shredding guitar solo, but be sure you listen to the guitar in the rest of the song, too. It takes a step back to the vocals, but it’s definitely worth giving that second, third and fourth listen.
Though musically the band is totally sound, there’s something to say about the attitude behind their music. When you listen to these guys, it just sounds like they’re having fun. Instead of listening to some sad blues when you’re in a mood, listen to these guys. It could work wonders for your own attitude.
The Equal GroundJune 30, 2014
Listening to Olio, I was struck with a particularly vivid image in my head. Picture it (and bear with me here): a band decides to go on a time-traveling trip. They bring with them the topics of the present, the electronic technology, and some snacks, and end up in a time where funk and soul are the main focuses of music. Using the setting of their new environment and incorporating the tools of the future, they create the 12-track album Untitled.
Even with most of the songs containing a similar base ideology, a lot of them stood out to me. “Idi It Girl” has all of the soul of all your favorite 70’s songs, and I even heard some reflections of Stevie Wonder’s “Always” in the lyrics – which were actually used rather perfectly in the context of the song. The lyrics are rather humorous and I like the wordplay in the title. The wailing guitar solo was a really nice touch.
“Caught Up” sounds like what I would expect to hear from a boy band that matured and wanted to incorporate some funk rock into a pop song. Vocals just don’t sound the way they used to these days, but “Boom” is a nice reminder of what really strong male harmonies used to sound like back when that was THE thing to do.
“Dance” is, for lack of a better way to describe it, a very pop groove dance song. You will want to tap your feet and shake your hips and maybe even make a whole choreographed line dance to this. I would be very surprised if this doesn’t turn into a party hit one day
“Once In A Lifetime” is a gentle, emotional song. I like how it starts with piano chords and vocals and waits until a bit later to add sweet guitar strumming, and finally granting the appearance of the meat of the song.
Having listened to the whole experience, I have to say I think Olio is a rather refreshing band simply for reminding me of that old school vibe I used to hear my parents play all the time. Not only do they have a clear respect for and love of old music, but also they know how to bring modern elements to the table so that they clearly have a niche in the music world that has evolved to its current point. Take a listen to Untitled if you want some groovy music that’ll move your heart and get your blood pumping to boot.
Gig Boss (Promoter)
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Olio for several years now and have been a fan since the first time I heard them. I've used them as an example to other young bands when trying to impress upon them the importance of being 'tight'. I've never been disappointed with their efforts in promoting their shows, and they've always brought their best to the stage when booking them on my shows at House of Blues. Add in the fact that they're truly all-around good guys and it's hard to go wrong with Olio."
Email via Fame WizApril 17, 2013
Norman Ratner - Advisory Board Member
“I listened to your music and must say that I am really impressed and that very rarely happens. I watched your video and say I'm impressed would be an understatement. Olio is that very rare combination of super commercial hit material, wonderful high energy performance (super vocals and musicianship), dynamite stage presence and a high level of professionalism. On behalf of Fame Wizard, it would be a pure pleasure to work with you.”
GuitarShopTV.comMay 01, 2012
“Power trios are by definition musically challenging, but OLIO manages to combine a great, soulful rhythm section with cool guitar work, melodic vocal lines and tight harmonies. We caught up with the band at the 2012 Indie Music Festival in Vegas last month, and shot the brief interview and live performance video clip above. Olio really impressed with a blend of all the right stuff: creativity, musicianship, and chemistry, along with strong songwriting skills and a great interpersonal dynamic among the band members. ”
Funk Gumbo RadioSeptember 17, 2011
"Wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Olio live at Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica. Sounded great! Enjoyed meeting Arif & DeHaven. Don't miss them. Trio has great chemistry. "One Last Goodbye" is worth the price of admission alone.
MyspaceFebruary 24, 2010
Liam Gallagher (Oasis, Beady Eye)
“Listened to some of your music and i believe you guys should continue with what your doing, Good Job.. Thats right, Live The Dream!!!”
LA Music AwardsMay 22, 2008
“I would like to create a category that can recognize how amazing you guys are as a power trio. When I hear stuff like what you do, I am reminded that 20 categories just are not enough to handle all the diversity of styles that come in to our organization.”