“In a move akin to Cream in many respects, a musician enveloped in public reverence has joined forces with a drummer and bass player who themselves are known figures in the music world. The results of this collision of minds, powers and souls is scorching.” – Manchester Rocks 2015
“RavenEye have defined themselves as no longer breaking out, as their performances on this tour so far have been that of a band who have well and truly made it.” – Rock And Roll Creations 2015
“… It was clear that RavenEye are one of the best English hard rock acts to grace a Northern Ireland stage.” – Belfastmetalheadsreunited 2015
“Drummer Kev Hickman adds an unrelenting bottom end on some blues that rattles your bones” – Classic Rock Blues (Best of 2012)
“Gwyn Ashton was joined on stage by drummer Kev Hickman who made the instrument look like a child’s toy, so good was his drumming that the audience didn’t miss the lack of a bass player, certainly for a young man, he has a talent that some drummers twice his age have not mastered half his technique.” – liverpoolstudentmedia.com 2011
“Kev Hickman is an up-coming UK based blues and rock drummer best known for intense, high-octane performances – one to watch…” – Yahama Download Article Nov 2010
“I give you the groove and you just lock in, your drumming is like a guided missile!” – Paul Green (Suzi Quatro, Mick Taylor)
“Great timing and feel” – Pete Brown (producer/co-writer for Cream)
“An amazing drummer, you play with so much passion” – Bård Torstensen (Clawfinger)
From first sitting on a drum kit at 16 to headlining his first festival in France in front of thousands of people just four years later, Kev Hickman’s career has been one characterised by hard work and determination. His first professional band played all over the UK with festival spots in Ireland and Holland, all before his 18th birthday. Through these first years he quickly developed his distinct and intense playing style.
In 2016 Kev joined The Cult Classics featuring ex-Heaven’s Basement singer Aaron Buchanan, within the first year of the band they supported rock legends InMe on a two week tour of the UK and were booked to play Hard Rock Hell and Brain Freeze festival in Wales.
Previous accomplishments include becoming a founding member of British rock three-peice RavenEye fronted by award-winning guitarist Oli Brown in 2014. The band’s first show was a headline slot at Dalane Festival in Holland and two weeks later they went on a three week tour supporting legendary guitarist Joe Satriani through Holland, France, Italy and Spain during the summer of 2014. The band released their first E.P May 11th, reaching #5 on the Amazon.co.uk ‘new albums’ chart. The single from the E.P “Breaking Out” received over 130,000 plays on Soundcloud and the music video accumulated over 20,000 views, all before the release date.
In 2015 they supported Swedish rockers Blues Pills on their UK tour in April and in June and July supported Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on six dates through Europe. RavenEye was re-invited by Slash to support him for 12 dates on his tour of the USA and Canada and again for 5 dates in Eastern Europe. RavenEye also supported Deep Purple for two dates in France in October. The band has received much acclaim from the press including having ‘Breaking Out’ from the latest E.P being chosen as one of Classic Rocks’ ‘Tracks of the Week’ and #91 in their ‘Top 100 tracks of 2015′, the official music video for ‘Breaking Out’ being premiered on Kerrang!’s website and Motley Crue frontman Nikki Sixx citing RavenEye as ‘one to watch’. The latter also invited the band to appear on his radio show in the USA in October 2015.
2016 saw RavenEye support The Darkness through the US on a 20 date tour, Halestorm on 4 dates in Europe and a performance on the main stage at Hellfest, including other festivals throughout the US and Europe.
Kev has been releasing drum cover videos on to YouTube for the last two years, in that time the videos have accumulated over 500,000 hits and his channel has over 1000 subscribers
Kev also worked with Australian blues artist Gwyn Ashton from 2009 till 2012. Kev worked on Ashton’s ‘Two-Man Blues Army’ project, touring all over Europe and the Americas playing both venues and festivals. Hickman appeared in the official music video for ‘Break’ from the Two-Man Blues Army album and also appeared in, edited and produced the official music video for ‘Million Dollar Blues’.
In early 2011 with Ashton he supported British rock band Magnum on their two month tour through Europe, receiving rave reviews from fans and the press. The band then began work on Gwyn Ashton’s new album ‘Radiogram’. The diverse guest artist roster included Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant, Bronco, Silverhead), Johnny Mastro (LA’s Mama’s Boys), Mark Stanway (Magnum, Phil Lynott) and Mo Birch (UB40, Go West, Culture Club). Radiogram was recorded in England, mixed in LA by producer Justin Hopfer and mastered in Australia by Don Bartley, who was recently commissioned by EMI to re-master the audiophile version of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
His drumming has been described as ‘powerful’, ‘passionate’ and ‘inspiring’ and has received praise from the press and industry professionals. He has taught drums at various workshops all across the country and also teaches privately.
He has headlined festivals all over Europe and played at both small and large venues all over the UK as well as in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Poland and the Shetland Islands.
Kev officially endorses Paiste cymbals, Natal drums, Regal Tip drum sticks, Hardcase cases, Schlagwerk cajons and Logarhythm pedals.
He has worked/played with Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant), Pete Brown (Producer/co-writer for Cream), Bård Torstensen (Clawfinger) Mo Birch (Phil Lynott, Robert Plant), Mark Stanway (Magnum), Paul Green (Suzi Quatro), Hank Van Sickle (John Mayall, Mick Taylor), John Cartwright (Harry Belafonte), Rob Mackenzie (Sha na na, Pete Townshend), Kenny Aaronson (Rick Derringer, Brian Setzer), Brendan O’Neil (Nine Below Zero ex Rory Gallagher), Gerry McAvoy (Nine Below Zero ex Rory Gallagher), Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero), Laurence Jones, Krissy Matthews, Paul Jobson (Sam Kelly, Cut The Funk) Jim Reece (Sam Kelly, Pixie Lott), Michael ‘Lally’ Carey (Sam Kelly), LeBurn Maddox (Jimmy Castor), Gerry Joe Weise, Johnny Mastro and Syd Twynham (Mud).