Jeff "Oly" Olson is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, radio show host, DCI Blue Stars alumnus, Berklee College of Music Film Scoring Cum Laude graduate, and the original drummer for the legendary rock band, Trouble. Jeff is also the founding member of Retro Grave, Keyboardist for Victor Griffin's In~Graved, proprietor of Upland Recording, and former drummer for The Skull. In addition, Jeff has been teaching music for over twenty-five years and he wouldn't use anything but Vic Firth sticks. Simply put, Vic Firth sticks are the best and Jeff only teaches with the best sticks! Jeff's favorite rudiment - The Cheese Paradiddle-Diddle.
Jeff Oly Olson
Retro Grave and Independent
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMy most memorial moment was a performance with Trouble in The Netherlands at the 1995 Dynamo Open Air Festival in front of a record high of 118,000 people.
What Drives Your Creativity?Rudimental drumming drives my creativity! The list of champion drummers in this industry is too long to list; however, my biggest influences are Vic Firth, Neil Larrivee, Kevin Donka, Fred Sanford, John Wooton, and George Lawrence Stone.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?My favorite Vic Firth instrument are my drum sticks and mallets, because every morning, afternoon, and evening they are at my side.