Andrew Reeves grew up in the small, rural, farming community of El Paso, Illinois. As a young man he worked in the cornfields, played in the outdoors, made art and fell in love with John Romita Jr., David Lynch, John-Michel Basquiat and Neil Young. He showed his early work to family and friends, at 4H Fairs, school art shows and submitted drawings to comic book publishers. In 1995 he graduated from El Paso High School, applied to art schools and bought his first guitar for $75.
After four years of intense studio work, Reeves graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1999 with a BFA in Visual Communications and moved to Wicker Park in Chicago. At VSA Partners, his work was featured in ID, Com Arts, Graphis and Print magazines. In 2003 he read Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn, sobered up, moved to Los Angeles, dabbled in advertising, got fired from a publishing job and played in a few Echo Park bands.
In 2007, Reeves released his first lo-fi, independent record 1048 West Kensington Road; an homage to the Angelino Heights area of Echo Park where he lived for four years. This ten song cycle featured Reeves playing all of the instruments on tracks that combined country, blues and rock to create a folksy, psychedelic sound. In the spring of 2008, he returned to his hometown of El Paso to help close down his family's farm and record Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere. This postmodern, country record focused on the rural life, letting go of the past and leaving for Texas with his family. The album combined electronic drums with fiddle, organ, slide guitar and mandolin for a futuristic country sound.
From 2007 to 2009, Reeves lived in Austin, Texas where he assembled a band, played live music and worked odd jobs during the recession. While working in the kitchen at Seton Schoal Creek Hospital, he played an acoustic, 4th of July show and recorded Live From A Mental Hospital on a Tascam, four track. In 2010, he left Texas to find work in California and returned to Echo Park to record the doom n' gloom record The River Is Running Dry. The stark, desert influenced sessions introduced his "Valley of Death" sound that Reeves had been searching for in his previous mixes. This recording concept involves matching rhythm guitars at the nine and three o'clock positions, organ at the ten and two o'clock positions and the vocals, lead guitar, bass and drums at the twelve o'clock position. This creates a straight forward, wall of sound effect that still retains negative spaces in the mix.
In 2012, Reeves moved to Glassell Park, turned his empty, two car garage into an art studio and started his Black series of paintings. These all-black, figurative pieces combine large amounts of medium with pigment to build up the desired subject on canvas, wood and paper surfaces. While sketching ideas for this Black series in 2013, Reeves stumbled on the basis for Skeletons; a science fiction based concept that combines surrealism, fantasy and horror into a multi-faceted, cross medium brand.
After a musical residency at Lot One in Echo Park, Reeves moved to the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles in 2014. In 2015 he wrote, recorded and made a promotional video for his fifth record New York City. This record utilized his "Valley of Death" sound but stripped it down even further to showcase the guitar, bass and drums within the arrangements. Reeves dedicated New York City to his friend Dee Reiss, who passed away in 2015 from heart complications.