Ever since middle school, when the teachers had to take away his chair because he wouldn’t sit still, OllO (née Josh Coffey) has been bucking the system at every opportunity. Borne of classical music roots, even in his youth OLLO rose out of the crowd establishing himself as a creative force among the musical community at his Denver arts school. After 3 years cultivating a love affair with language, OLLO’s background in instrumentals and percussion let him sidestep smoothly into the rap scene. His semi-autobiographical breakout album Soliloquy, recorded in a studio he built in his backyard with his own hands, bounces between introspective examination of his journey as a creator and assertion of his mission statement. As the pivotal impetus behind a growing group of creators from his past, OllO hopes to reinvent not only himself, but the entire creative community. His next album arrives in 2020.
-Brendan Craine
Photo: Stefan Rodriguez  
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