We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Hicks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kevin, how do you think about risk?
There’s always risk. Especially when you’ve moved as much as I have. I’ve moved to Japan, Utah, Texas, Florida and California to live and anytime you move to a new city (or country) you risk everything. I’ve learned to rely on my musical abilities and skills to prove why I belong in a new scene. I have also learned to keep a great reputation for being on time and prepared for gigs as well as easy to hang out with. Those things, plus my sight-reading skills and musical memory, allow me to take risks and play and perform with people I’ve never met without even rehearsing. As a business owner I take risks every time I invest in creating a new product. The product might not be of any value to anyone and flop. There are also risks on a daily basis. I often drive to the places I work and driving comes with its risks especially in Los Angeles. We all have to accept a certain amount of risk and I believe more so as a creative person /business

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a musician it’s hard to be in control of your career. Personally I’ve taken more control of mine by getting creative and writing and performing my own original music. My jazz quintet is already a unique sounding group because I play trombone. It’s not very often the trombonist is the band leader. It’s even less common that the trombonist is playing his own original music. I started playing trombone in 1995 and I finally released my own album Wave Tripping in 2017. It’s been a challenging journey with all kinds of musical experiences from College to Cruise Ships, Universal Studios Japan, and Disneyland. These experiences have been both challenging and rewarding and I’ve learned from many different sources and places. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel the world because of music and now I’ve turned my focus toward being an artist and putting my own voice out there.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love when friends come to visit the area. I’ve taken my friends to Disneyland several times. I’ve taken my friends to the beaches. One time we even took our friend to Catalina Island which was very cool. At night we take them to a restaurant or Baked Potato in Studio City for a little bit of jazz music.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shout out to Scott Wilson, my mentor for so many years as I learned about music specifically jazz improvisation and sight-reading which together have provided me many opportunities. He encouraged me to diversify my musical skills, think smart about music business, and taught me extremely effective ways of practicing. I also have to shout out to my dad who is an amazing example, a great father who taught me so much. He was a musician on the side and although he wanted me to choose a more stable profession and do music on the side, he supported me all along the way and encouraged me to be smart and work hard to make it as a musician.

Website: www.khicksmusic.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevinrhicks/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khicksmusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/boneinjapan

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