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Columbus, Ohio, USA (2008 – present)

Cloudkicker is a one man project by Ben Sharp (A.K.A. B.M. Sharp) from Columbus, Ohio, USA, heavily influenced by and . Sharp utilizes drum machines and custom-tuned guitars in his recordings. Cloudkicker’s first album, The Discovery, was made in 2008.

Aviation has been a major recurring theme across multiple releases. Most of the song titles, album titles, and art work are inspired, derived, or influenced by aviation. For example, each song title from Beacons was taken from actual black box recordings or radio transmissions from crashed or malfunctioning airplanes.

The project has received a lot of attention despite lack of a record deal, and is entirely self-financed and self-produced. Ben has stated numerous times that he has no intention to ever sign a record deal. Notably, Devin Townsend stated in December 2010 that “Cloudkicker is really good stuff!” via his Facebook page. Also, Riley Breckenridge of the band Thrice named Beacons as one of his favorite albums of 2010.

In April of 2014 Cloudkicker embarked on a (presumably) once-in-a-lifetime tour of the US with Intronaut and TesseracT. Intronaut joined Ben as the backing band to make a live performance feasible, referring to this collaboration as “Nautkicker.” A “Live” album was recorded in Austin, TX on April 6, 2014 at Fathom Tree Recording Studio, set to be released in November 2014. The band played the live set in its entirety in one take with crowd noise from the performance in Cleveland, OH dubbed in later.


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