• From the Men's Catalog: Jonny Ollsin

    Meet Jonny Ollsin, a musician, composer and model for our latest Men's Catalog shot by photographer Jason Nocito in NYC. 

    What's your earliest memory in making music?

    When I was eight, the apartment building I lived in had an abandoned piano in the hallway I would spend hours plunking around trying to learn the theme from Beverly Hills Cop.

    Family Band consists of you and your wife, Kim, can you tell us about the start of making music together?

    It just started with us playing guitar together at the cabin upstate, she had some songs and I had some instrumental parts and we recorded a little demo in our friends barn.

    Can you name some of your early and now current influences outside of music?

    Skateboarding was a huge influence in my youth, it was pretty much skating, music, and beer. I would say art is a bigger influence in my life now, after marrying Kim I got introduced to a bunch of great visual artists. Really, though, music is what I think about all the time.

    You have a background in metal from previous bands, how do you think that influences the sound of Family Band? If not do you still have an outlet for Metal?

    I can totally see the influence of my metal years in Family Band but it is not obvious. Family Band is a process of taking away and making the songs the most minimal they need to be, so guitar solos are not flying around. I still have a couple records worth of metal songs stored away, maybe one day I will get to them.

    What is one of the best memories you have of playing live?

    Probably the early tours with my old skate punk band S.T.R.E.E.T.S (Skateboarding Totally Rules Everything Else Totally Sucks). We were on such a mission to meet people, party, and have a good time, the vibes at the shows were always out of control. Lots of crowd surfing and beer flying everywhere and general positive mayhem. Second would probably be playing our annual forest party upstate at our cabin, the vibe is always so amazing and the stage is built inside an old stone foundation, it basically rules.

    We hear you're a pretty good cook. What's your favorite thing to make?

    Probably a tort fest, which is just tacos, but with all the fixings like a bowl of guacamole, fresh salsa, beans, meat of choice, roasted sweet potatoes, chipotle sour cream, fresh greens, cut limes, cilantro, etc….. a make your own taco adventure.

    What do you enjoy most about the music you are currently making?

    I am currently working on a solo project called 'After Future' and I just bought and old reel to reel eight track and a mixing board. It is super fun to record on all analog equipment and it sounds amazing.

    Where do you go when you want to escape from the city?

    We have 10 acres and small cabin in the catskills in upstate New York, so whenever we have a free minute we go up there. There is an old claw foot tub sitting on the deck and laying in that the hot water under the stars makes you feel like a rich man.

    When you aren't making music, what are you doing?

    I am very involved in Kim's company (The Wild Unknown) her stuff is blowing up this year so that is keeping me pretty busy.

    What can we expect next from Family Band?

    We hope to produce another music video, and I really want to get over to Europe.

    What other projects do you have in the works?

    Just working on my new solo project and I also make commercial music so if anyone needs a track for a fashion piece hit me up!

    Where can we keep up with you and Family Band online?

    The Wild Unknown is the hub for our life, and people can go here for a kick

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