gimikk has endured and excelled in Iowa’s capital city for well over a decade. Through several lineup changes, core members Jimmi V., Billy 7, and Cy “Kick” have been playing together since 2004. James Brinker joined as lead vocalist in 2007, and drummer Josh Tilton finalized today's lineup in 2009. Over the years, their high energy sound and stage presence has attracted a loyal, ever-increasing following. This has led to local radio play and numerous gigs at impressive venues including:
RAGBRAI, HAWGSTOCK, ABATE OF IOWA FREEDOM RALLY, ROMPER ROOM, TERRIBLE’S LAKESIDE CASINO, HORSESHOE CASINO, CELEBRASIAN, IOWA STATE FAIR, FAIRBANK ISLAND DAYS, ADEL SWEET CORN FESTIVAL, ST JUDE SWEET CORN FESTIVAL, MCGRATH AMPITHEATRE, AMES ON THE HALF SHELL, OPENING ACT FOR GREAT WHITE, RICK SPRINGFIELD, BRET MICHAELS, LITTLE RIVER BAND, CHEAP TRICK, SALIVA and HAIRBALL
gimikk’s style is quite diverse including cover material from Beatles to Bruno Mars. The band also possesses an artistic flair, having self-released two albums of all original material including “Kindred Puppet” in 2008 and “Travel My Direction” in 2010. While many of their tunes are spirited and fun, some can be aggressive or introspective.
Whatever your musical taste may be, gimikk performances never disappoint. The band’s superior musicianship and crowd interaction is infectious; appealing to all ages.
Born and raised in FL, Josh moved to Nashville to pursue music and it was music that led him to Des Moines too. He grew up practicing the songs of his favorite bands (Dave Matthews Band, Blink 182, and Red Hot Chili Peppers) but ended up playing in country bands shortly after relocating. In 2009, he answered an online add for a drummer needed to fill the spot vacated by the band's original drummer, Kip Porter. After a rehearsal with the rest of the band, they knew that Josh was the perfect fit to fill the shoes of the founding member. Josh brings the rock drummer sound with an R&B feel that really gives each song gimikk plays a unique style that can't be matched by any other band.
A native of Des Moines,inspired by eyerything from 50's Rock to modern day metal, Billy Seven storms the stage as an artist as well as an entertainer. He carries more of a punk rock attitude but with an emotional dynamic feel. He studied everything from the early 90's Alternative movement to the earlier Metallica days. He's a fan of Guns n Roses as well as Kiss. He's been known to be drawn in by theatrics and colorful productions and is a supporter of many fast, glam, punk rock metal bands and a regular in the Des Moines local music scene. Billy is always hungry for knowledge, and fueled by his band brothers bringing out the best in him.
Jimmi V came from a land far, far away. One day he found himself in the US listening to the 80’s hair bands, like Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen and Journey. Music has always been in his blood, singing since he can remember. He started out playing the drums during the 80s, but soon picked up the guitar. Along the way he joined many bands and made many friends. Jimmi entered gimikk around 2004 as their lead guitarist.
Cy the “Cykick” coming straight at you from a small town in western Iowa. He started in one of those garage bands picking up the guitar and seems like he hasn’t put it down since. Addicted to Eddie Van Halen’s brown sound, his relentless pursuit of perfecting his game has brought him into gimikk. When Cy gets on the stage, he’ll grab your attention with his passion for music. He might even surprise you with the “Van Halen” split! So sit back, relax and enjoy the show!