Updated: May 29, 2019
Radio Drive is an alternative, pop-rock band featuring Kevin Gullickson. Kevin is the engine behind Radio Drive; he has won international awards and nominations for his songs and music videos.
Radio Drive is receiving worldwide radio rotation alongside major recording artist and they have been featured on radio programs in Europe, Canada and the USA. Kevin’s music has landed on charts on indie stations around the world, including Canada, Germany, the UK and the South Pacific. The band has also garnered rave reviews by the press and has been featured on web zines.
Kevin's music has been used on shows airing on Animal Planet, National Geographic, History Channel, NBC Sports, Fox Sports and Discovery Channel and other TV programs around the world. Radio Drive has released 5 full CDs, an EP and several singles including "A Taste of Heaven" and "Humanity". Radio Drive's next full CD "In the Light" will be released in the summer of 2019. Olivia will be featured on That Summer, Volume 2 , a sizzling summer compilation album hosting the best independent artists, from around the world, in multiple genres.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. I started listening to music at very young age. I grew up listening to the Monkees and the Beatles. That was the catalyst for me to get started. It looked like so much fun. I started writing songs at age 7. I had an acoustic guitar and set of bongo drums. That was my start!
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing had to have been a gig I had in a small town called Winona, Minnesota. This was with a band I was in called The Blokes. We did original music and some covers, like a British New Wave sound. We had a booking agent that booked us into a club that only had Top 40 cover bands play. We didn't know that. We were booked for 3 nights. On the first night, we played our first set and did a great job. Although, much to our surprise, people started to leave the club. During the break, the club manager came up to us and asked if we knew any Top 40 pop songs. We said no. He said "You guys sound great, but nobody knows these songs. They're all leaving." Well, sadly there wasn't much we could do other than go back out and play what we knew. And yes, we cleared out the club. There must have been around 600 people there at the start. At the end, about 20 people were left. But, those 20 people absolutely loved our music and became die hard fans. That was the craziest night. Oh, and the club cancelled the last two nights.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I've had several high points. Probably the most amazing is when I got a call from Capitol Records saying they were interested in my music and wanted to hear more. This is when I was just out of high school. I had recorded some songs and sent to them and got the call. Later, when I lived in New York City, I had interest from Arista Records and Overland Productions (they managed Talking Heads and Blondie, to name a few). We all had a meeting to discuss the next steps in my career.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I have several approaches to my songwriting. Sometimes I get an idea that I capture on my phone. I'll record the idea, then come back later to work on it. Sometimes I'll sit down with a guitar or to the piano, and start messing around and see what comes. It might start with a guitar riff, then I'll work a song around it. Sometimes inspiration comes from a life experience, either from myself or from someone else. Please take a moment to check out Radio Drive's "A Taste of Heaven"
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
That's a great question. So many things come to mind when talking about challenges for an Indie Artist. The biggest has to be money - both making money from music and spending money to make music and promote. It takes a boatload of money to do a great recording. Then money to promote. Then you hope to make money from streaming and sales, and live performance if you have a band. This ties in with the second question, the one thing I'd like to see change in the industry: I'd like to see more legit opportunities to partner with labels or companies to produce, release and promote music. There are so many horror stories of labels taking advantage of artists. Sadly, I have my own stories where I've been ripped off. It's really hard to find the right people to partner with. I know they do exist.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That's easy, I would love to share a stage with Paul McCartney and play Beatles songs all night. He's been such an inspiration on so many levels.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
It's been a few years since I've done live shows. The band took a break and then went our own directions. Although, I do have plans to pull the mates back together. Typically, I would schedule a gig, then we would start rehearsing a few weeks before. Since I'm the leader and songwriter, I would direct the practices. We'd usually go through a song a few times until we all felt comfortable, then move on to the next. Practice would usually last a few hours, then we'd call it a night. Sometimes I would record the rehearsals to listen later to get an idea how the songs are shaping up.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I can't think of any one song that was a challenge to write. Although, when it comes to challenges, I have two approaches: (1) If I hit a road block, I let it go and take a break, clear my mind, then come back to it later. (2) If a song or part of the song, doesn't feel right, I'll scrap it and re-write it. For example, if the chorus doesn't do it for me, I'll re-write. I've had to do that many a times.
What's coming up in the future?
Quite a lot is coming up this year. I've finished my 6th CD and plan to release later this summer. Right now it's in the studio for mixing and mastering. I also have a music video in production as well. I'm planning to get the band back together and play some local clubs. Quite a lot to keep me busy.
Tell us where fans can access your music?