At the end of 2011, Colin Bickley moved to Ellicott City, a town just west of Baltimore. Less than a week later, a massive flash flood put his home and music studio five feet underwater. From that, he turned to form Colamiles. After many years of playing in bands in Los Angeles, Colamiles was the arena for Colin to express a more unified, personal, and intimate voice. He released the first album, "Airplane Songs."
A song from the album received accolades as “Best of 2012” on the Los Angeles radio show Out On A Limb (KCSN 88.5 FM, by DJ Julie Slater - also the afternoon drive host at 100.3 The Sound, KSWD/LA).
Growing up in LA, Colin started as a competitive classical pianist. After graduating with a double degree in existential philosophy and eastern mysticism, he formed the avant-garde juke band Big Thaw. From pubs to art galleries to the legendary show at the Menil Collection modern art museum in Houston (with special guest Will Sexton), one concept was constant: witnessing the creative act is always more compelling than watching an artist play the past.
Big Thaw eventually culminated into The Colin Bickley Band: an improvisation-based group that played regularly in Venice Beach, oftentimes with the Nicole Berger modern dance troupe.