BIOGRAPHY

IT STARTED WITH . . .

Acoustics and curiosity.

Kyle’s music journey began at the age of 9 when he was given his first acoustic guitar as a gift from his father. From this young age, he experienced a sustained curiosity for all elements of music, drawing much inspiration from it.  A keen interest in alternative music, combined with an appreciation of his dad’s musical tastes, opened his ears to a range of different genres. Playing guitar with his brother was especially fundamental to his growing passion for learning, playing and enjoying music.

The beat bug bit hard when he was given his first drum kit at the age of 11. He started playing in a band with a few friends. It was around this time that he progressed in his exploration of classical guitar and drums through music studies at school.

In early 2004 (age 16), Kyle was asked to audition for Unwritten Friday, an opportunity that would introduce him to the live music scene. Unwritten Friday (previous members of Tweak, Crashcarburn, Truth and it’s Burden) played various gigs and festivals around South Africa and Mozambique.

Simultaneously, he started studying drums and guitar full-time at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts). In 2007, after receiving his ACM (Academy Of Contemporary Music College London) Higher Diploma – Student of the Year Award, he completed his studies obtaining an N6 in Drums with Distinction.

Music is my first language – it’s what I use to express and communicate that which I believe words fail to adequately accomplish.

Kyle possesses a smooth, inventive drumming style which speaks with an intuitive sophistication, always seeking to achieve a delicate balance between meticulous measurement and being emotionally explicit.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & MUSICAL PROJECTS

Early in 2009, Kyle decided to part ways with Unwritten Friday and reconnect with two former COPA classmates, guitarist Graig Goudge (Pestroy) and bassist Matt Bairstow. Something distinct and unique was needed on the South African music scene. It was in response to this necessity that Poverty of Ideals was born.

Over the next few years, along with doing session work for numerous other bands and recording drum tracks for various artists, Poverty of Ideals continued to evolve and released their first self-titled EP in 2010.

In 2011, Kyle was approached by renowned American bass player Evan Brewer (The Faceless and Suicidal Tendencies) to collaborate on demo tracks for his latest solo album. Together they re-worked songs from his first self-titled solo album as well as material for his new album “Your Itinerary”.

Poverty of Ideals was signed to an independent label, Agent Indie Records, early in 2013. Their first full length album entitled “Barriers” launched in November 2013 to outstanding reviews.

Poverty of Ideals played Ramfest 2014, and had the honour of supporting Canadian Protest the Hero on their SA tour in April 2015. They also recently played main stage at Oppikoppi 2015.

2016 saw Poverty of Ideals feature as the opening act for Australian hard-rock outfit Karnivool on their first SA tour as well as supporting acclaimed American progressive metal band Periphery at Krank’d Up music festival.

Kyle aptly showcases his broad, dynamic and divergent approach to music through the writing and recording of his solo offering. Through his ability to harness and blend various genres and styles, you can expect to discover a careful construct of fluent originality and emotional depth.

In addition to gigging and composing, teaching drums and guitar to his students gives Kyle great satisfaction and allows him to share his enthusiastic passion for music.

Imparting knowledge and skill is one of the best ways we as musicians can give back to the industry.

INFLUENCES

Although too numerous to name them all, the following artists have played a varied and significant role in shaping Kyle’s musical aspirations:

Virgil Donati, Gil Sharone, Brad Mehldau, Thomas Pridgen, Eric Moore, Shai Meastro, Marco Minnemann, Billy Rymer, Todd Sucherman, Benny Greb, Jon Karel, Stef Broks, Chris Pennie, Gavin Harrison, Paul Masvidal, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jose Pasillas, Dan “loord” Foord, Tomas Haake, Tony Rosyter Jr, Branden Morgan, Matt Garstka, Blake Richardson, Jojo Mayer, Mark Guiliana.

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

Won SAMMA (South African Metal Music Awards)
Best Progressive Band June 2015

Won SAMMA (South African Metal Music Awards)
Best Metal Drummer in February 2014

WORKED AND ENJOYED MAKING MUSIC WITH

Unwritten Friday:
Highlights – Woodstock 6, 7, 8, 9; Supported International bands Underoath, Blindside; Toured to Mozambique.

Poverty of Ideals:
Make a Choice Tour with Truth and its Burden May/June 2012; Rocking for Rhinos Charity Festival; Krank’d Up Fest 2013 with International act Dead Letter Circus; Ramfest 2014 with International act Protest the Hero; Oppikoppi 2015; Karnivool SA Tour – Support Act; Krank’d Up Fest 2016 supported international act Periphery.

Your Name In Neon:
Recording session full length album at B# Studios.

Kill The Messenger:
Highlights – The Dead Will Tell vs Kill The Messenger SA Tour; Thornfest 2011, supported international band Becoming The Archetype.

Facing The Gallows:
Session Work.

Lizban:
Session Work | Highlights – Lasitoland Festival; Peace Starts 2011 Festival.

South of Nine:
Session Work | Highlights – Supported Prime Circle 2016/17. Botswana gigs/tours, Oppikoppi 2013/14/15; Tour with Crashcarburn 2012; Tweak Revival Gig.

Super Glo:
Recording Session.

Evan Brewer (USA):
Demo Tracks.

The Ian Bushell Band:
Session Work.

Christian Family Church International:
Session Work.