Billy McNicol is an american musician, drummer-vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter. He grew up touring with his father and uncles' band: The McNicol Bros. (a music family group made up of founding members of the psychedelic rock band,"The Rugbys"). The Rugbys are the first rock group from Louisville, KY to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 with their 1969 hit single "You, I".
Billy's father, Robert McNicol would sing and play drums. Billy absorbed his father's performances and would play his father's drumset only to imitate him. At five years old, Billy's parents discovered him playing the drums and singing simultaneously to his father's songs and record collection.
In high school, Billy began forming his own bands with other musicians including his cousin, guitarist Jeff McNicol (son of Billy's uncle Steve McNicol). In college, he received a scholarship to play on the University of Louisville Drumline and became the school's "Featured Drummer" for the Cardinals Men's and Women's Basketball team events. He was featured performing many times during the 2004-2005 NCAA seasons on ESPN and other sports broadcasts. He was also performing in the college bar circuit with the rock groups "QuarterBounce" and "Band of End".
Performing at arenas & venues large and small, Billy has performed at acclaimed venues such as: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (Louisville, KY), Old Cardinal Stadium (Louisville, KY), RCA Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN), the Amway Center (Orlando, FL), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY), Freedom Hall (Louisville, KY), Hearnes Center (Columbia, MO), Belasco Theater (Los Angeles, CA), & The Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA). Billy has collaborated in concert with the Wu Tang Clan,, the Rugbys, and has shared the stage with: Cappadonna, UGod, POD, Immortal Technique, Chino XL, Chi King, MXPX, Supafuzz, Relient K, & My Morning Jacket.
In the studio, Billy has completed 3 original full length Independent Records: "In the Funk we Trust" - QuarterBounce, "X's in Eyes" - QuarterBounce, & "Hot Lean Spread" - Stateol. He has also records w/ Hank Linderman (Recording Engineer for the Eagles & Lead Guitarist for Timothy B. Schmit).
Cunrrently, Billy performs nationally & resides in Los Angeles, California.
Social Media Outlets: Twitter: @BillyMcNicol & @BMcNicolLive Facebook: Facebook.com/BillyMcNicol Music Website: www.BillyMcNicol.com Music may be purchased @ www.Reverbnation.com/BillyMcNicol MUSIC
INFLUENCES Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Wu-Tang Clan, Helmet, & Living Colour.