Q&A with Ritchie Hicks

Ritchie Hicks

Q&A with Ritchie Hicks

Q. Why is performing music important to you?

A. For me, it’s the relationship with the audience. When a show is going well there is an energy in the room which you don’t find anywhere else; it’s very intimate. Get it right and everyone goes home with a night to remember.

There’s also a natural high from the pressure of performing. Knowing that there are hundreds of people watching you and knowing that if you make a mistake they’ll all know makes endorphins run high. Some people like to jump out of a plane, I like to put myself under the microscope of the stage.

 

Q. What’s your day job?

A. General Manager of a licensed asbestos removal contractor (shameless plug!)…and most importantly, Dad.

 

Q. If you could do any other job, what would it be?

A. I’m a huge fan of racing cars, in particular Formula One. I’d love to be able to drive an F1 car for a living, but I don’t suppose they make a cockpit big enough for me to fit in.

 

Q. If you had one wish, what would it be?

A. I know I should probably say World peace, but I’m going to be more selfish and wish my family and friends long, healthy, happy and prosperous lives. That’s probably 4 wishes.

 

Q. Which musician or performer do you look up to the most and why?

A. There are a few and for various reasons. I guess my favourite performer of all time has to be Freddie Mercury. We all know that Freddie was a one-of-a-kind performer, but the personal and social battles he went through to get there were amazing. It’s easy to forget nowadays just how the odds were against a gay immigrant becoming as famous as he did; and what a voice! I’d also have to say Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. I just love Soul and Rock.

 

Q. And finally, what is your earliest memory of connecting with music?

A. Probably one of my earliest memories of music is my mum playing her vinyl collection when I was a kid. She was a huge fan of Elvis and The Beatles. I never really got The Beatles, but I definitely got Elvis. I guess that’s where my Blues influence began.

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