Chill Factor-5 is on the precipice of the Nu Music movement and is in fact leading the way in organic, spiritual renderings of what we like to call "A Mystic Journey,” offering a similar experience to the popular releases from the Buddha-Bar and Cafe Del Mar. Maurice founded the band, Rhythm Method, with his brother Steve. The band featured live percussion, keyboards and guitar and performed in such renowned venues as the Melkweg/Milky Way in Amsterdam and Exit and Tressor in Berlin. Rhythm Method was one of the first American bands to perform live at the Love Parade in Berlin. In New York City the band performed regularly at The Limelight, The Shelter, The Ritz and The Roxy. Under Maurice's leadership, Rhythm Method released "The Future EP" on Adrenalin Records in 1993.
In 1996, the album "Dream Wanderers" was released with C&S Records. He wrote the song, "But You Must" for the Killing Zoë soundtrack, Milan Records/BMG. Their most acclaimed song, "Goa Season of the Monsoon" was included on the compilations, "United State of Ambience" on Moonshine Records and Trance Masters 2 on Vision Sound Carrier Records. He learned to play West African drums, such as talking drum, djembe and baliphone with master drummer Babatundi Olatunji, and studied Afro-Brazilian rhythms with Airto, Ciro Baptista and Nana Vasconcelos on traditional instruments such as the quica, ago go, caxixi and berimbau. Jo Papo Dadiego brought expertise in Afro-Cuban music as well. The advent of low-cost home computers and music software has given Maurice his own path to creative freedom and he can now realize an entire musical composition on his own. And it is from all the varied cultural traditions he has studied that Maurice Oliver composes his unique style of world rhythms, electronica and jazz. He is President of Electronfarm Records, a multi-media company creating, music CD’s, and digital downloads. Video for artists, as well as television, and film scoring, and sound design.
Presently living in the Chicago area He has assembled a “Live” band to expand upon the concepts explored in the studio. Electronfarm Records releases: Chill Factor-5 “A Heartbeat Away”, “Journey to Music Island”, and the latest album Sun Flower Jazz have achieved critical acclaim, and Sun Flower Jazz has been nominated for a Grammy for best album electronica/dance . Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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