Hailing from Los Angeles California, Olio consists of Arif on vocals and guitar, DeHaven on drums and Tony Shibumi on bass and Stick. Listing Prince, The Police, Sade, and Meshell Ndegeocello as their influences, it is obvious that their tastes are intelligent. Listening to Olio not only supports this impression, but it also compliments such great artists as the aforementioned.
?Love You I Do? is a 5:15 song reminiscent of the well written songs of the 70?s and 80?s that I had thought to be just that? only created in the 70?s and 80?s and never to be revisited again other than on an old CD that we might break out every once in a while. I am in no way ?dating? this band, or this song. Rather, I am complimenting the preservation of this level of quality in music. Unfortunately, most music today (even the stuff I listen to) is not intelligent. Some of it may be difficult?most of it is not. Olio is both difficult AND intelligen
Prince, The Police, INXS,Lenny Kravitz, Seal, Sade, Sting
Duran Duran, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Pink, Earth Wind & Fire, Maroon 5, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce', Black Eyed Peas
Prince, The Police, INXS,Lenny Kravitz, Seal, Sade, Jimi Hendrix, Sting, Duran Duran, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Pink, Earth Wind & Fire, Maroon 5, Al Green, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce', Black Eyed Peas
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 music from hip-hop to funk, soul to rock and a dash of pop and serve it up nice and 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).
Currently their music is available for FREE via mp3 download for you to enjoy and share. They are actively writing and recording songs to complete their latest project "Living The Dream." The album will be a collection of 15-20 songs. 10 songs are finished 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?