Ryan Kickland is a songwriter and performer of original and diverse musical works including folk music, psychedelic rock, ambient soundscapes and film scores. His music has been featured on both national television and film, and he was the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in the phenom psychedelic/fusion rock band, Animalcule, which dis-banded in 2006.
Kickland is best known for his unique and lyrically potent folk/Americana music, which is less about pop-functionality and more about stark imagery, emotional (and often amusing) story-telling, and the conjuring of an array of moods and subject matter. His writing maintains a gritty social conscience and a personal depth that explores different dimensions of the human condition, metaphysical and spiritual concepts, social and humanitarian issues, introspection and artistic expression, while also providing lighter images of joy, salvation and redemption. His music often includes elements of humor, fantasy, strange character studies, and the downright bizarre. In short, he's a true storyteller.
On the other side of the musical coin, Ryan's psychedelic, ambient, and instrumental soundscapes (which make up his world, fusion and atmospheric body of work) range from the murky depths of psychedelic funk/fusion and prog, to Eastern-inspired ragas, to the swirling sound of his symphonic analog arrangements. Ryan is a talented multi-instrumentalist and accomplished guitarist who's stylistic, liquidy guitar playing and rich textures are staples of his rock and fusion compositions.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1977, Kickland was fortunate enough to be raised by a family of musicians. His father, Rocky Kickland and his mother, Marcella Remund, along with step-father Al "AR" Remund, have been active in the Midwest music community for nearly thirty years. Kickland grew up and dug his musical roots in South Dakota, where he began playing music as a young child. In his late teens, he started the cult phenom psychedelic rock group, Animalcule, with bassist and longtime friend, Josh Hilpert. Over the next ten years, Animalcule, comprised of Kickland, Hilpert, keyboardist Pat Ondrozeck and drummer Clint Wood, went on to gain a substantial following throughout the Midwest. Animalcule was a psychedelic tour de force within the music scene of the central United States. Kickland began to truly dig into his folk roots around 2001, when he began releasing solo folk recordings in his spare time. Since the dis-banding of Animalcule in 2006, he has continued to pursue his solo music across multiple genres.
Ryan Kickland is a licensed artist with Talent House in L.A., Rumblefish Inc. in Portland and Music Dealers Co. in Chicago. He maintains his own record label, "Trick of the Desert Records", is a highly ranked favorite on ReverbNation, was a finalist in the "International Songwriter of the Year" competition, and has toured the Midwest, the South and the Northwest US. Kickland's music has been on national television, film and his songs are featured on over one thousand user videos on Youtube.