The Cincinnati based band, Kickstart is a unique blend of power pop, indie rock  and acoustic music that produces compelling melodies that draw you in to their thoughtful lyrics.

Their story begins when Wayne Bachelier (vocals, 6 string and 7 string basss) Mike Bachelier (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica, keyboards, bouzouki, alto and soprano recorders) and Tom O’Rourke (vocals and lead guitar) decided to name the fledgling group: Kickstart. Fast forward 2 years and John Zellner (drums, cajon and percussion) joined the band. An unfortunate tragedy struck when Tom O’Rourke was killed on his motorcycle by a drunk driver. Kickstart, having to regroup, decided to carry on as a 3 piece.  Wayne was willing and able to take on the added responsibility of playing the leads using the higher range of his 7 string bass. This coupled with John and Mike’s ability to play unusual instruments, gives the trio a very different sound.

They have had a modicum of success, when songs from a previous CD to the one they are currently recording, was played on radio stations across the country. They hope that the current project is met with even more enthusiasm; and they believe it will reach an even broader audience.

Whether the subject is loneliness, the human condition or simply celebrating that magic moment when you meet someone special, Kickstart delivers. With their combination of strong vocals and unusual instrumentation, Kickstart brings an earnest and optimistic message to the listener.

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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?

Indie, Power Pop

How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?

Wayne rides a motorbike and people used to have to kick start to get the motor running.

What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?

Pearl Jam, the Beatles, Prince, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lumineers, Matchbox 20

What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?

Not at this time

What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?

To develope a loyal fan base using the internet.

What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?

Blink of An Eye because it is about when we lost our lead guitarist, Tom O'Rourke.

What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?

Mike usually writes the songs and presents them to the other members of the band. They invent their parts and the magic happens. On some of the songs, Wayne and John create the music and Mike writes the words.

How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?

We have a strong Facebook following.

What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?

Losing My Religion by R.E.M., 3 AM by Matchbox 20, Nothing Compares by Prince

What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?

Sold shoes.

Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?

Don't give up.

What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?

I would make it easier for artists to be heard by the industry.

How Do You Feel About Originality?

I think it is vital to Music. It grows the artistry. 

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