August Mapp sits down with Rocker-Drummer Billy Mc Nicol in a Q&A about his music and motivations…
Being a break-out artist, few people know who you are. Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Billy McNicol & I am the Drummer-Lead Singer for the Hard-Rock-Funk group Stateol; a project in which I built from the ground up. Eight years ago, I relocated to Los Angeles from Louisville, KY with literally nothing in my pockets. Throughout this tenure, I have fought & scratched to accomplish what many said I could never do on my own; obtain A&R representation with a major label (Warner Bros. Records) & receive A-List Management (Victoria Blake: Tool & Depeche Mode).
What influences your music?
I just want to make him proud. He always gives me honest answers when I seek advice. Through thick and thin, he’s had my back. Some say I sound a lot like him when I sing. When people say this, I take it as a huge compliment and it feels really good.Coming from a music family, how has that influenced the music you create today?When you listen to: The Rugbys, Sundown Red, and/or McNicol Bros., you definitely notice their feel & chemistry. Pocket is everything in music. Playing behind the beat is much more acceptable to our ears rather than when it’s sped up and ahead of the beat. As a younger musician, I definitely channeled their feel in an effort to apply it to my style.You are able to drum and sing simultaneously, how is it you are able to do such a daunting task?When I was younger, I would zone in on my dad (He was a Drummer and Singer as well). During his performances, I would observe and take everything in. After years of playing and rehearsing, I now play at a high level. I must maintain a level of athleticism in order to keep myself in tour shape; being in the gym 3 times a week, jogging daily and biking.Who are some bands or artist you would like to work with in the future?
Honestly, anyone who is trustworthy, at my level or better, and who truly wants to play with me. As far as working with established artists, it would be an honor to work with musicians/producers such as: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Mike Patton (Faith No More), Rick Rubin (Producer), Chuck D (Public Enemy), DMC (Run DMC), Adrock & Mike D (Surviving members of the Beastie Boys; R.I.P. MCA), and Flea (Bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Contribution By Billy Mc Nicol