Kyle Horn, an eastern Long Island native, has been playing the guitar for almost 12 years. He began by teaching himself electric guitar licks from his favorite bands, such as Metallica and Tool. Soon enough, he started writing his own power-chord-infused riffs, recording them onto CDs and playing them back through a stereo in the basement while he jammed on his less-than-maintained drum kit.
As his playing progressed, he discovered players like Andy McKee and Mike Dawes and he became enthralled with the acoustic guitar. The fingerstyle genre fused Kyle’s passions for instrumental guitar and percussion. He knew, then and there, that he had found a home for his music and began diving deeper into the genre, looking for inspiration.Kyle is a fantastic guitar player with a great groove and musicality often lacking in young fingerstyle players. Be sure to check him out! – Mike Dawes
Soon he found himself altering the tuning of his guitar regularly and incorporating percussion into his playing. He felt an incredible jump in difficulty, compared to his previous self-directed study, so he started to look around for lessons.
He came across the Thomas Leeb Bootcamp in late 2012, which is a week-long workshop in Austria where 40 or so students congregate on a mountain to study with some of the world’s greatest guitarists. This was the true beginning of his playing. It opened his ears, eyes, and mind in so many beneficial ways.
He got home from the Bootcamp, filled with inspiration, and released his first song Concrete Shuffle. He also finally, after 10 years of playing, started playing live in public. Needless to say, the experience was life changing and he was in search for more like it. He began writing more music and involving himself in the community in any way he could, including creating graphics, web pages, and other promotional materials for artists.
Kyle is a great guitarist who has developed his own sense of timing and
compositional style. – Craig D’Andrea
Since then, he has opened shows for renowned acts including Mike Dawes, Thomas Leeb, Antoine Dufour and Craig D’Andrea. Kyle has also played shows throughout the United States at renowned venues such at the Iridium Jazz Club. In 2015, he toured through European countries playing shows in London, Germany, Austria and Prague. He was also a finalist in two international songwriting competitions for two of his original compositions including the Lee Ritenour Six-String Theory competition and the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition. In 2015, Kyle also released his first EP, “Never Better” which is currently available in both digital and physical copies in his store and all major online distributors.
Now, Kyle is a recording artist with the independent record label FRETMONKEY Records, which is home to some of the world’s most prestigious guitarists. He also endorses a number of manufacturers including: DiMarzio, K&K Sound Systems, GRUV gear, Journey Instruments, G7th Capos, Kliq Music Gear, Tonewood Amp, and Sunburst Gear. You can find out more about these companies and the gear Kyle uses here.