Billy McNicol is an American Musician, Drummer, Vocalist, Lyricist, & Songwriter.
He has collectively built one of the more solid & exciting independent fan-bases in America due to the foundation he constructed as the "Featured Drummer" for the University of Louisville's Men's Basketball Program. On average, Billy received mass exposure, performing in front of approximately 20,000 enthusiastic Cardinal fans every home game for two consecutive Basketball seasons (2004-2005) at the historic Freedom Hall. He also performed w/ the Women's Basketball & Volleyball Programs, provoking spirited atmospheres in front of approximately 2000+ fans per game at the University's Cardinal Arena & Freedom Hall for two consecutive seasons (2004-2005).
In respect to the University of Louisville's rich Basketball tradition, the majority of their games are nationally televised. For this, Billy's performances were often seen on CBS, ESPN, ESPN 2, & ESPN Classic. Due to this particular exposure, along w/ the evolution of Social Media, Billy has successfully engaged a loyal & enthusiastic fan-base.
Without the assistance of a Major Label,
Billy has accumulated over 25,000 streams throughout his media outlets..
He has performed in many venues large and small w/ his original project & alongside other diverse ensembles.
Examples of arenas & venues in which he has performed include: 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).
In concert, Billy has collaborated with: Original Members of The Wu-Tang Clan, (Cappadonna & UGod), Krumb Snatcha (Gang Starr Foundation), The Rugbys, and has shared billing with Chuck D. (Public Enemy), Immortal Technique, MXPX, Relient K, P.O.D., & original members of Fishbone.
USL Magazine interviewed Billy for the Best of Independent Artists issue in September of 2013. He lead the charge as the first out of fifteen:
Billy 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".
His father, Robert McNicol was both Drummer and Singer for the McNicol Bros & performed in the latter years with the Rugbys. Absorbed by his father's performances; Billy would imitate his father, playing drums and singing into his microphone during sound-checks & at their home studio. As early as five years old, Billy would play the drums and sing simultaneously to his father's setlist & record collection. Later during high school Billy began forming his own bands; primarily with his cousin Jeff McNicol (son of Billy's uncle Steve McNicol).
After high school, Billy received a scholarship to play on the Drumline for the University of Louisville. While rehearsing on the Drum-Kit at the University School of Music, he was invited by the Director of Bands to perform with Louisville's Athletic Programs. He quickly became the school's "Featured Drummer" for the Cardinals Men's and Women's Basketball team events. Billy's performances were featured many times during the 2004-2005 NCAA seasons on ESPN and other college sports broadcasts. During this period, he was also performing on the College Bar Circuit with Jeff McNicol and Bassist Joe Stephens in "QuarterBounce" and later toured with "Band of End".
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