Photo by Adam Bell
THE SKULL drummer and keyboardist Jeff “Oly” Olson (TROUBLE) has been chosen to be a judge for the annual Guitar Center Drum-Off – the world’s premier drum competition – this September in Portland, Maine.
The Guitar Center Drum-Off is an annual search for the top undiscovered drummer. Now in its 26th year, the Drum-Off competition was developed to inspire and support drummers in the pursuit of their musical aspirations, and is committed to rewarding and recognizing talent by providing a launching pad for a professional career as a drummer.
“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this! I been drumming for well over thirty years… this is going to be a lot of fun.”
The competition will be judged on skills/technique, groove, originality, stage presence and overall performance. The grand prize is $25,000 cash plus thousands of dollars in prizes and endorsement deals. Interested drummers can get more information at http://www.drumoff.guitarcenter.com or visit their local Guitar Center store directly.
Olson has been writing and recording in the music industry since the formation of TROUBLE in 1979 and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music. Olson is also an alumnus of The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and is endorsed by ddrum and Vic Firth.
As recently reported, THE SKULL — the band Olson formed with fellow original member of doom-metal legends TROUBLE vocalist Eric Wagner, alongside longtime former TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner, guitarist Lothar Keller (SACRED DAWN), and guitarist Matt Goldsborough (PENTAGRAM) — will release its debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, on November 4 via Tee Pee Records.
“For Those Which Are Asleep” is the first full-length album to feature Wagner, Holzner and Olson since the 1995 release of TROUBLE‘s critically acclaimed LP “Plastic Green Head”.
“For Those Which Are Asleep” track listing:
01. Trapped Inside My Mind
02. The Touch Of Reality
03. Sick Of It All
04. The Door
05. Send Judas Down
06. A New Generation
07. Till The Sun Turns Black
08. For Those Which Are Asleep
09. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of TROUBLE’s landmark debut “Psalm 9” (which Wagner and Olson co-wrote and performed on), THE SKULL will perform the influential album in its entirety at the following shows.
September 19 – Uninvited Festival – Brooklyn, NY
October 10 – Day of Doom Festival – Barcelona, Spain
October 11 – Side B – Lisbon, Portugal
October 13 – The Underworld Camden – London, England
Additional performances will be announced soon.
Photo by Ty Klingsick – Left to right in photo: Jeff Olson, Matt Goldsborough, Eric Wagner, Ron Holzner and Lothar Keller