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Kyle Kartchner hasn’t been a musician for his whole life, but he has been interested in music for most of his life. Some of the artists that Kyle liked to listen to were Queen, the Beatles, and Cheryl Crow. It wasn’t until high school when he began to develop more of a taste for playing music. By then, he began to think about music as a career, and thus the dream of being a professional musician came to fruition. When he was 16 years old, he picked up a guitar and joined his high school’s jazz band; while Kyle didn’t have a lot of confidence, over time, it grew, little by little. However, things went sideways when he had a falling out with his best friend at the time. As a result of this, he began to question what he really wanted to do with himself; nothing felt the same after the person that transformed him ended up being a horrible person. Eventually, when things boiled over, Kyle got back to a point where he could practice music. However, one thing that got in the way was himself. There are a multitude of reasons. Whether it is lack of direction, discipline, lack of confidence, or self-doubt, they all hampered his ability to get things done. Despite this, there were some really good things that happened as well. During high school, multiple people were inspiring him to learn different kinds of music, helping him to become a better musician. Some of the songs that Kyle learned were Best Part by Daniel Ceasar and My Jinji by Sunset Boulevard. Despite all the struggles that he faced, there were some high points. He did have a band in high school, and they performed some shows for the school. One of the biggest reasons Kyle chose Albright College was that he was interested by the number of options available to music majors at the school. Having access to a professional recording studio, as well has having multiple opportunities to play and showcase his original music in shows for the Lion Records label made his decision a lot easier. Kyle is inspired by many different artists, some examples being Metallica, Opeth, Dream Theater, Trivium, as well as others. Kyle is excited to continue his musical journey at Albright and beyond. Despite the doubts that he may still have, he is a lot more confident in his abilities as a musician, and isn’t worried about messing up. Instead, Kyle takes those mistakes and learns from them as he continues to grow as a musician, and as a person.