12 QUESTIONS WITH NICOLAS WALDO

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?

I began playing music in 1991 studing piano but my career as a guitar player began in 1993 at 13 years old.

I studied music and sound enginnering at EL BOSQUE university, I graduated in 2005. I also studied music theory at "Sinfonica Juvenil de Colombia", an important music conservatory in my country.

In 2001, I decided to begin with my project as soloist. Now, I have 12 full length studio albums, 5 EP albums and 5 singles.

I´m an official artist from LION MUSIC RECORDS from Finland, the most important instrumental metal label from Europe. They work with artists like Joe Stump (Alcatrazz); George Bellas, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), etc. I have a power metal band (Energema), signed by Metalism Records from Russia; with them we have 5 full length albums and 2 EP Albums.
http://www.facebook.com/energemaband

Between 2010 - 2013 , I played with VORPAL NOMAD like composer, arranger and guitar player. With them we recorded 2 studio albums produced by Piet Sielck (Iron Savior, Blind Guardian).

I have worked with 20 international brands like official artist (Reverend Guitars , Laney, Roland Keyboards, Bullet Cable, Roadie Tuners, Hotone Audio, Valeton Audio, Kodiak Picks, Gokko Audio, E7 Straps, Ibanez Guitars , Dean Guitars , Blackstar Amps, ESP Guitars, Vogel Guitars, Joyo Tech, Snake Picks, Sik Picks, Rotosound Strings, Power Click).

What inspired you to start playing guitar?

I'm a fan of Metallica, maybe more in the 90´s years than now (Hahaha). I watched  videos of Kirk Hammett playing guitar and I think he was a inspiration for me to be a guitar player in my early days. Some time later, I was influenced by Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo Batio, Jason Becker, Chris Impellitteri, Paul Gilbert....The list is very long!!...

What was your first electric guitar?

It was a Fender Squier Bullet Series, 1992.

What are your top 5 favorite records?

Waooo!...Thats a difficult question, I have more favorite records, but I could name these:

Metallica - Black Album
Rhapsody - Legendar Tales
Dream Theater - Images & Words
Tony MacAlpine - Maximum Security
Nicolas Waldo - Equilibrium

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?

When I played with Tony MacAlpine on his tour in Colombia in 2018...He is a big influence on my sound and to be on the stage with him was a great experience.

How did you hear about Reverend?

Through videos and Live performances.

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?

Now, I have three Reverend Guitars:
- Volcano Series.
- Bayonet Series.
- Warhawk Series.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?

Like I said in the first question, I worked as an artist with different brands like Ibanez Guitars, Dean Guitars, ESP Guitars, etc but sincerely with Reverend Guitars I have found guitars with impactful sound, they are very comfortable and they're designed with the highest quality. Also, with Reverend I have found a family! They are aware of your needs as an artist ..I love this brand! I look forward to being and artist for another 100 years!

What amps and pedals do you currently use?

I use the Laney Ironheart (120 Watts) amp and Ampero multieffects pedal by Hotone Audio.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?

The music is my profession and my hoobie too!...(Hahaha)...OK... I like digital art, I make art through Photoshop (All the Energema and Nicolas Waldo albums cover art was made by me). Also, I love the movies I'm a very big fan of film scoring and enjoy watching movies (Science fiction especially). I love to share with my family, with my wife and my son Liam Nicolas.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?

The most important thing is to believe in you...work very hard and enjoy the music!

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:

Please check my instrumental discography on this link:

http://www.nicolaswaldo.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/nicolaswaldo

INSTAGRAM nicolaswaldo_official