with Indie Band, Olio
Early Winter (December 2014) Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series
The Power Trio musically known as Olio certainly has crafted one of the best original sounds currently out in the Indie Music Scene. It is their Classic Rock style blended with a mixture of Funk and Pop that makes their music a hit with music lovers from around the world. We had the opportunity to speak to the members of the band about their fantastic music and this is what transpired from our magnificent online encounter.
Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Olio: Pop Rock in your face!
Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?
Olio: Led Zeppelin, The Police, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Sly Stone, The Beatles…
Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?
Olio: I think from the new album our favorite song lately has been Round & Round. It has really been hyped and the crowds have been really getting into it.
Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?
Olio: Well, we just finished up at the Sidepony Music Fest in Bisbee, AZ and really kool bands to look out for are RUCA, FAIRY BONES, MELISSA REAVES (just insane!) RADIO LA CHUSMA (Mexican/Reggae/Dance) & JERUSAFUNK these acts were the stand outs to us and they just brought it!
Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Olio: We write in various ways, jams or someone brings in an idea and we finish it out. We draw on everyday life stuff…relationships, family, friends, social events, sporting events, politics, and sex. You know, all the good stuff!
Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?
Olio: We would love to open for Lenny Kravitz right now; he’s got a great new album out and is going to bring the show to the states soon. That would be a great fit. We tried to get on a show with Dirty Loops but they weren’t having it. Oh well…
Isaac: I am sorry to hear that….it would had been perfect for you guys.
Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?
Olio: Man, we’re pretty boring guys but we are busy. Busy with families and non-music projects. Do a little traveling and just hang out and relax.
Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?
Olio: Money, love, sex, music, family. Not necessarily in that order.
Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?
Olio: Well, we’re pretty calm katz, so not a lot of “trouble” is caused by us. Our biggest pet peeve on the road is just dealing with drunk people at the shows. It’s hard to be nice sometimes, when people are just being idiots. We are very open and relational, so it’s a drag when someone messes that up. Not only for us but other people trying to have a good time.
Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
Olio: Yes, most definitely we would do it again. We would do it a lot sooner but we would do it again.
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?
Olio: Well, if we couldn’t perform, the next best thing would be to be songwriters and producers. We would be in the game somehow someway.
Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Olio: When it comes to performing, we always give it 100% regardless of the size of the crowd. Whoever is there, is there to see you and they deserve a show!
Isaac: This is excellent advice.
Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….
Olio: 10 years from now we will be touring, recording, producing etc…/just on a larger scale with bigger budgets and better production. There’s no stopping this train.
Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.
Olio: I think might have been when we won the 2011 Emerging Artist competition in 2011. It gave us the confirmation we needed and some momentum even though our bass player quit right after that. But we got Kelley and literally everything started taking off. We ended up work with Eddie Kramer (twice) for two EP’s, one included recording in France. More successful touring and touring the U.S. becoming more focused and determined to do great things in this industry. And we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next!
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