Nico Saavedra from Super Madnes (Geek of the Week)

  • Welcome to this week's Geek of the Week and we got some unique heavy metal for you guys to enjoy. Nico Saavedra the drummer and founder of Super Madnes wanted to bring two of his favorite things together, his love for retro gaming and heavy metal baby. Check out Nico's interview with the UGeek Club and learn all about this amazing UGeek and his dream's and passions. 



    UGeek Club: Where do you do most of your work?
    Nico Saavedra: Recording-wise, mostly at home for guitars and bass. But here and there I have to borrow a friend’s studio to track/record drums. To practice for live events, I’m able to work at our guitar player’s garage. Drum life is tough!
    UGeek Club: Are you inspired by life, images, or imagination?
    Nico Saavedra: Life. There are enough people and art to be inspired by. At least it is the case in my life. At times it can be someone you have admired since young. At times it can be the very people you spend your everyday life with.
    UGeek Club: What drives you most in life?
    Nico Saavedra: Growing up it was always music. As an adult, my wife, our cat, and music :)
    UGeek Club: Where do you want to take your work?
    Nico Saavedra: I personally already did music as a profession in the past for about 15 yrs. Or at least you can say I “tried” since it is really tough to be able to make a full living from it. Especially since the late 90s and early 2000s when the internet started to allow people to download music for free. Super MadNES started as a hobby but it became a bit more serious than that due to the response we got and the demand. We want to bring video games and good quality music through the band to as many people as we can. But we do limit ourselves to gaming related events and video game music shows only to keep the focus on the factors I just mentioned. It works great for us though especially since some of us work, go to school, have other bands, etc.
    UGeek Club: As a musician, what role do you see music playing in society?
    Nico Saavedra: Music is what brings people together.
    UGeek Club: What techniques are your favorite?
    Nico Saavedra: I am self-taught and learned everything by ear since I was a kid Thus, I don ’t really use proper techniques to playing music but I guess I have some of my own. If I had to name one technique, I’d say headbanging!
    UGeek Club: How do you want your music to impact society?
    Nico Saavedra: We are not doing this heavy metal/video game band with the purpose of becoming famous or living from it. We are pursuing this because we love performing, heavy metal and retro video games. For some of us, it helps us keep the inner child alive while being a responsible adult. It is such a great, positive, loving experience to be dealing still with the same entertainment that you had as a kid and to be able to have as much fun as you did back then while mixing it with the style of music you love most. So to answer this question, we want to help people go back to their inner child and have a great time while experiencing our band.
    UGeek Club: What environmental things inspire you?
    Nico Saavedra: Music came in my life at such an early age that it is to this day the biggest inspiration for life in general. But also I'm able to get inspired by places. Sometimes older cities or sometimes by just nature and landscapes.
    UGeek Club: What is your style of choice?
    Nico Saavedra: Rock and Heavy Metal. The 70s, 80s, & 90s.
    UGeek Club: How do UGeek?
    Nico Saavedra: Watching Queen, Judas Priest concerts on VHS, DVD, and BR as well as many other bands (I have a big collection). I love music documentaries, especially rock ones. And playing NES and SNES games.
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