We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicko Guerrero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicko, what do you attribute your success to?
I consider that one of the most important factors for success is perseverance. Constancy and discipline are the key to bring you always to the next level. Being a persistent person will always give you different attempts where you can learn new ways and paths to develop what you want. Remember “No” Doesn’t mean “Never”,
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician that love to explore different sounds from different cultures, if you listen to my music you will find a mix of different textures. Something that shaped my artistry and craft, was meeting people from other cultures and learning from them, I understood with this that as an artist I have a mission beyond the music and beyond the sound, that music is a powerful tool, no matter where you come from, music can connect and unify people from all around the world.
When I composed, I like to experiment with different music elements as the scientific do in the laboratory.
The music I create comes from my experience and my stories, so through my music I want you to hear my stories, understand them, and create sympathy for the stories of others. I want people to feel good and be grateful for the things we have.
I have worked and collaborated in several singles, studio albums, tv shows, and live sessions with a variety of artists from the USA, Mexico, and Colombia. I also have toured internationally, including performances in México, Argentina, Perú, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, the list includes Grammy® award winner Luciana Souza. I became part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where I had the incredible opportunity to learn from the great world-class musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Billy Kilson, Danilo Pérez, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, among others.
To get where I am today has not been easy, I think that one of my strengths that helped me a lot is perseverance and hard work, discipline and constancy is something I work on every day to be a better artist and human being.
I have learned many lessons along the way, one of them: Don’t give up on your dreams!!!, if you visualize what you want, you will accomplish it! Also I learned this valuable lesson from an incredible mentor: When you make music remember that it’s not about you —it’s about them, is for the people!!. We need to understand that in music, we have something bigger than us, something that keeps us moving forward, we need more love: love for humanity, love for people and love for music:.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would go to the downtown and drink a coffee and walk around, for breakfast, lunch or dinner I would go to the Grand Central Market, If we are having a nice day one good plan would be walk around the Venice Beach. During the nights I would go to a rock concert, a bar or a place to dance and drink some beers and cocktails. We would go to Santa Monica, Universal Hollywood Studios and of course to visit the Hollywood Sign.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all the people who have believed in me and music.
Mishele López Oscar Garzón Edward Vargas