Jorge Oleas was born on August 27th in the city of Cali, Colombia in a family who loves the argentinian and Spanish music. His parents are passionate lovers of ballroom dancing which cultivated his musical ear since childhood. He was always influenced by the strings instruments due to his maternal grandfather was an artist who masterfully played guitar, tiple, mandolin and violin. Jorge, besides being one of the guitarists in the band Darkempire with his brother Adrian, is also the founder, lyricist and main songwriter for the band which has focused 100% of their creativity and energy to the point of not having made part of any other band in his musical career.
He founded his first band in 1990 with some classmates and friends from his neighborhood. He had several stages in his stylistic search through hardcore, speed metal, thrash metal and death metal, until in 1996, launched its first heavy metal project called Lord Messiah with his brother Adrian. In 2000 Jorge and Adrian change the name of the band by DarkEmpire and he initiated a new stage in his compositional labor with the strong influence of bands of progressive and experimental rock. He is the only member of the band who has recorded in all the albums of the band along with his brother Adrian.
Before devoting himself to music was a draftsman, employee in banks and in international trade companies. He studied International Trade at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He is a big fan of history, sociology and gourmet cuisine, which often practiced. Lover of mature cheeses, spanish hams and wines. He is a family man and prefers a nice dinner with his family and close friends in the comfort of his home or at a good restaurant instead of the bustle of the nightlife. His closest friends consider him as a great conversationalist and personal adviser.
Although Jorge is a guitarist mainly formed at the conservatory, he considers himself an autodidact. His first guitar was an acoustic that his mother gave him at age of 13th and later he became it into an electro acoustic, which he amplified with a small compact tape recorder. He has used several electric guitars since then, going through one Audition from Japan, Washburn, Jackson, Yamaha, Hamer and Peavey. Several amplifiers he has used in their career, including Marshall Valvestate, Fender Twin Reverb, Peavey 5150 and rack systems. For a short time he used ADA preamps, Alesis processors and Roll MIDI foot controller. Currently uses several tube amps being his favorite the Peavey Van Halen 5150 Signature, Peavey Rock Master Preamp which is powered through his Fender amp from the seventies. He prefers basic guitar sound so occasionally adds an equalizer, delay, reverb, chorus and wah, all from analogue pedals.
He is a big fan of tube amps, especially the classics, and tries to collect them. Jorge Oleas is a renowned music teacher who has trained many young lead guitar players and composers of rock and metal in his own academy, Guitar School.
Jorge has been very influenced by classical composers who learned to enjoy while studying music at the Conservatory Antonio Maria Valencia in Cali, who were fundamentals in his formation as a composer and arranger. He admires many guitarists such as Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola, Malmsteen, Michael Angelo, Shawn Lane, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Vitto Brata, Steve Vai, Adrian Vandenberg, Kiko Loureiro, Tony Mac Alpine, Frank Gambale, John Meyer and John Petrucci. Also admires guitarists of many bands of great influence on him as Iron Maiden, Savatage, Shadow Gallery, Unitopia, Circus Maximus, Threshold, Elegy, Symphony X, Magic Pie, Toto, Styx, Kansas, Chicago, Kiss, Asia, The Outfield, Survivor, Yes... and many others. However, he has a wide and deep musical taste which goes from the progressive rock, metal, blues, jazz, ethnic, experimental until tribal music.
At the time of writing the lyrics in DARKEMPIRE he usually takes the inspiration from the history, mythology, movies, current geopolitical situation and his personal experiences.