DEL MAR TIMES -- Olson, a 2003 graduate of San Dieguito High School Academy, studied classical music history and theory at San Francisco State University before settling into the Los Angeles music scene. In 2015 he put out L.A. Takedown’s debut album, a single, sprawling 42-minute track that the L.A. Times contemplated as a new soundtrack for the city of angels. Olson then gathered together friends, including his older brother, and turned L.A. Takedown into a fully fleshed band churning out cinematic post-rock that never strays too far from Olson’s pop sensibilities.
“What I’m really trying to do is to make music that I would enjoy listening to, and it just so happens that I enjoy film scores,” Olson says. “So I guess my goal is to make music with that feeling of a film score but that also infuses elements of a three-minute pop song.”