Birthplace: Durham City, County Durham, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Music Producer
Executive summary: ZTT co-founder
While known primarily as a music producer, Trevor Horn began his life in the music industry as a bass player for acts such as Tina Charles and (briefly) Gary Glitter. It was during his tenure in Charles' band that he first met keyboardist Geoff Downes, and in 1979 the two joined with Thomas Dolby to form the "don't blink or you'll miss it" act The Camera Club before striking out on their own with the only slightly more enduring band The Buggles. The Buggles produced a series of charting singles between 1979 and 1981, one of which (Video Killed the Radio Star) was used to announce the arrival of MTV.
In 1980, both Horn and Downes were briefly convinced that becoming part of Yes would be a good idea. While managing his own material with the band well enough, Horn found trying to match former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's high range painful and humiliating, and in 1981 he returned to work as a Buggle and a producer.
The next year, Horn founded the Futurist-inspired record label ZTT with his wife Jill Sinclair and producer Gary Langan. From this stable emerged the odd but popular band The Art of Noise, initially produced by Horn. Trevor also successfully applied his production skills to hip young acts such as ABC and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the African relief benefit single Do They Know It's Christmas?, and even gave the scene of his biggest nightmare -- the band Yes -- its most successful release with 1984's 90125. Later, a couple of ventures into film soundtracks took place: first for 1992's Toys; and then, in 2000, for the greatest film ever in history -- Coyote Ugly.
Trevor Horn has continued to remain busy as a producer, working with too many different artists to list. He resumed his involvement with The Art of Noise after its reformation 1996.
Wife: Jill Sinclair (m. 1980)
The Buggles Bassist/Vocalist (1979-81)
Yes Producer (1983-87)
Yes Vocalist (1980-81)
Art of Noise
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Producer
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