Billy Kilson is one of the most versatile and explosive drummers on the music scene today. His unique energetic style captivates audiences worldwide. Like many young drummers, Billy began his career in his mother’s kitchen with her pots and pans, but he did not receive his first drum set until his sixteenth birthday. Realizing he was getting a late start, he immediately went to work on developing his drum skills often practicing as much as 14 hours a day.
Inspired by funk, R&B and jazz, he listened to artists ranging from Earth Wind and Fire to Max Roach. Mesmerized by a recording that featured Tony Williams, Billy enrolled in Berklee College of Music to study under Williams’ teacher, Alan Dawson. After college, he built an illustrious sideman career touring all over the world with artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Bob James, Dave Holland, Chris Botti and many more. He also has performed on over 100 recordings.
While achieving notable success as a sideman in concert and on recordings, Billy was drawn to his first love of creating and performing his own music. Influenced by the funk and fusion of his youth, Billy composed his first recording, While Ur Sleepin’. He formed BK Groove and they began performing and developing a new energy of their own which led them back to the studio to record Pots & Pans, a jazz/funk/fusion project.