What do a film composer, dj and director of music and arts have in common? Three brothers from other mothers (and fathers) got together, from the OC, ChiTown and DC, to create a miscellaneous collection of musical works aka OLIO. Inspired by everything from Black Sabbath to Barry White these guys stir up an eclectic blend of rock/pop/funk music and serve it hot!
Whether it's songs about break-ups, make-outs, shake-ups or four letter words, Olio produces electrifying, positive music from their studio in Los Angeles, CA. On stage Arif sings and breaks strings (sometimes his right hand gets heavy), DeHaven grooves on drums and croons (when the lights are low and the mood is right), and Matt plays bass so wickedly even his ex-girlfriend still gets jealous (he's also been known to throw out zingers in between songs trying out new material for his secret life in stand-up comedy).
The guys are currently recording new songs for their next album at Reef Music Studios in Los Angeles scheduled for a 2011 release. They are excited to celebrate the release of their 2010 single "Get It Good" following the success of their 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." (Olio still thinks Benny Hill, John Cleese and Ricky Gervais are funny) The sound created 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."
In between recordings they have tours scheduled throughout the West and into the Rockies this year and plans to include the East are in the works. To experience Olio only on recording is like Vader without the Darth. Whether it's 30 minutes or 3 hours, the energy generated by these three could power a small town (or even the lesser known planet Zeta-Reticulan5). So, maybe the question isn't Who or What is Olio but rather When and Where?