When Kevin O'Reilly is asked the question as to why he chooses to focus on the bass guitar and, of all things, do solo bass guitar pieces, his reply is simply, "because I can." His goals musically are to be a blend of players like Chris Squire of Yes, Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and lastly but not least Michael Hedges. O'Reilly would like to have a creative likeness of these players, but still be free to be himself foremost. He is willing to play with anybody and play any type of music. He lists his influences as heavy metal, hardcore punk, progressive rock, jazz, fusion, classical, new age, rockabilly, Japanese monster movies, sci-fi movies, books, comic books, and Voivod. He was in 2000 serving as Guidance Director at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, ME, and had been there for the past four years. He was also coaching cross country skiing at Dirigo. In his spare time he also taught bass guitar. He graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1987, then earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Social Sciences from the University of Maine at Farmington in December of 1991. Along the way he attended St. Joseph's College and University of Southern Maine. He proceeded not to use his degree and went to graduate school at the University of Maine in 1993 and graduated with a master's degree in Counseling Education in 1995.
Some of the bands Kevin O'Reilly has been in are; Wasted (1985), Wasted Soul (1985), the Connection (1986), Symphony of Death (1987), Slow Children at Play (1987), the Relapses (1987), Odd Mix (1987), Total Perspective Vortex (1987), the Phantom Strangers (1987), Cold Finger (1988), Mac's Up (1988), the Baked Potatoes (1988), Full Circle (1989), Mot'rin (1989), the Subterranean Homesick Band (1990), the Penetrators (1990), Love Cactus (1992), Throw the Cow (1993), Stokyo Ting Quartet (1993), Infinite Daze (1993), Angela's Prophecy (1993), Boiling Lobster (1993), plus many more.
In 2000, Kevin O'Reilly was a member of the Dirigo High School Pep Band, the Frotus Caper, and was performing solo. In 1998, he released a solo album, Acidron, which received rave reviews for a unique and expressive bass guitar performance.