Home

KevinPlayingKeys

Welcome to the online home of Kevin Reeves: singer, songwriter, keyboardist, entertainer, producer.

Head Shot
Kevin Reeves creates a quickening tapestry of sounds; garnered from his rich and varied life experiences and the music he has ingested along the way.

Born in Michigan, his father was a member of the U.S Coast Guard; as a child Kevin was regularly on the move; never really calling one place home. This meant that by a young age, Reeves had experienced the varied cultures and taken in the associated music of the different communities his family inhabited.

Kevin’s music is difficult to pigeonhole; although an emotive and aesthetic thread ensures cohesion exists in his opuses.

This is music with a haunting quality, occasionally dabbling in dissonance and with more than a cursory nod to the progressive works of bands such as ELO, Queen, Yes and Genesis. Kevin does not stop there though; elements of power pop, heavy metal and classic rock are sprinkled throughout his latest release ‘Remember to Forget’ (February 2014).

It is this ability to effortlessly assimilate these otherwise disparate elements into a sound that is uniquely his that makes Reeve’s music so exhilarating. Add to that a skyscraping, bruisingly emotive voice and you have a concoction which is impossible to ignore.

Reeves has honed the rare quality of managing to blend his consummate musicianship with a broad lexicon of tasteful studio trickery. The excitement in his music is enhanced by a confection of brilliant production and, at times, leftfield sonic manipulation; resulting in a wonderfully engaging sonic cocktail.

One constant throughout his work is the defiance in Kevin’s voice. It is this defiance which ensures that no matter how serious or elegiac the messages in the lyrics, his songs retain an uplifting and inspirational feel.

This is a voice of monumental strength and the music of a man who needs to be heard.

Bio credit Alex Keevill:
AK PR and Copy


Latest News

In this episode, I discuss the several podcasts that I am in the process of launching including the already launched Studioffice Podcast.
I also summarize the concept of Embracing the Chaos, a topic discussed in-depth on the inaugural installment of the above mentioned podcast.
I also discuss the gig economy and my experiences as a worker in this new employment landscape: touching on services like Fiver and ELance: as well as my success as a session vocalist with Air Gigs.

Wanna get in touch? Fire up your voice memos app of choice and send me a voice message. Email is provided in the podcast. Listener feedback is crucial to the dialogue of the show, so your comments may be played.

Thanks so much for listening.

Through the years, we’ve seen interesting musical pairings: from the famous Frank Sinatra Duets, to the acclaimed Punk Goes Pop collection. I’m sure that a thorough google search and some crowd sourcing via twitter and FB would pull up some even more outlandish examples, but these were the most popular.
From the obvious to the absurd, below is a short list of some musical pairings that I would love to see come to fruition.

Elvis does Elvis: Costello covers the king.

Seeing as how the stage name of Declan MacManus, AKA Elvis Costello, is partially derived from the namesake of the king himself, Elvis Presley, Wouldn’t it be great to see a kingly covers collection interpreted by one of the greats who brought us Veronica

and “What’s So Funny about Piece, Love, and Understanding”

I’m sure there’s live footage all over youtube of him covering Presley songs here and there, but how about a whole studio album?

Hammond Cheese

The Hammond Organ has been around since the 30’s and can be heard on countless albums from Abba to ZZ Top.
One of the most intriguing uses of the Hammond, especially the B and C3 models, can be heard in the Jazz music of Jimmy Smith.

But could you imagine someone like Jimmy covering this?

Or this?

And even this?

Even though this collection of Hammond Cheesiness wouldn’t end up in the Annals of jazz history along side A Love supreme or Kind Of Blue, It sure as hell would make for some humorous background music and Point of purchase product in a tourist trap gift shop somewhere.

The Mos Eisley Brothers

Every Star Wars fan knows the famous background music from the Mos Eisley Cantina seen in “Star Wars IV, A New Hope.”

But did you know that in Star Wars lore, that band had an actual name and backstory? They were called Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, and they were quite popular throughout the galaxy before their movie making debut.
But what if they did swinging steel pan/sax/synth bass covers of Isley Brother tunes like this?

Or this one?

Or, even this one?

Maybe this has already happened long long ago in a galaxy far far away.

Thanks so much for indulging my weird imagination. If you have any fun pairings you’d like to add, hit me up in the comments.

arrow