Kiko Loureiro’s love for music has always come naturally. Even at an early age, he was already a curious listener who loved spending time in the school library, consuming its vast music collection. At age 11, he started taking acoustic guitar lessons. And a few years later, he found his true calling in the world of progressive and heavy rock, jazz, and fusion.
Fascinated by the artistry of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Paco de Lucia, and Herbie Hancock as well as bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen, Kiko set out to become a versatile musician in his own right.
At the age of 21, Kiko and his band Angra released their debut album ‘Angel’s Cry’ which went gold. In the years that followed, Angra released eight studio albums, three live CD’s, two live DVD’s, and six EP’s. The band, which is considered one of the most important Brazilian bands of all time, has also received two gold records and toured extensively around the world.
In 2004, Kiko went solo with the release of his debut album “No Gravity.” To date, he’s released four critically-acclaimed solo albums as well as a DVD which documents his performance at the Auditório Ibirapuera, a prestigious performing arts theatre in São Paulo, Brazil.
Besides music, Kiko also devotes his time to studying and teaching the basics of the music business as well as marketing and career development. He also speaks at music industry events throughout Brazil.
In 2015, Kiko was invited to join the band Megadeth. Together with Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson and drummer Chris Adler, Kiko recorded Megadeth’s fifteenth studio album “Dystopia.”