photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
i thought that i understood what it meant to be a passionate fan of something. like MUSIC, FILM, SPORTS or ART. and then i moved to SOUTH AMERICA and realized i didnt know even the half of it.
when i relocated to VENEZUELA in the summer of 2013 i was confronted with new peers and friends that shared my love of THRASH METAL and CLASSIC ROCK, except that for them the music was their gateway to learning ENGLISH and thus a valuable skill that led them to working at a school alongside me. their passion for music quite literally altered their lives. it was powerful then and still is in retrospect, given that they all now live and work outside of VENEZUELA (which is in a dire state at the moment) in other LATIN countries such as ARGENTINA and CHILE.
which brings me to the YOUTUBE channel of current MEGADETH lead guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO. his channel, which began long before his current tenure with the THRASH METAL veterans, is part guitar tutorial and part behind the scenes look at the daily life of a WORKING MUSICIAN. what shines through is his PASSION for the instrument and sharing said passion with fans as well as the cast of characters that revolve around it (road crew, guitar techs, security, catering, other musicians). for some reason this instinct to lift that fourth wall and give his fans a look behind the curtain is pretty remarkable, even more so because it includes at times the reclusive and very private DAVE MUSTAINE. you get the sense that their is a high level of trust and mutual respect between the two. that instinct to share and connect also feels very much steeped in LATIN culture. it is almost as if he is telling his community in his native BRAZIL that this level of success is attainable through hard work, perseverance and a bit of luck. i always love the fact that BRAZILIAN musicians (MAX CAVALERA, JORGE BEN, CAETANO VELOSO, etc.) that make a mark stateside are outspoken and passionate about their native homeland, which has a distinct, multi-faceted musical tradition that rivals such of any other.
its funny because when i think of MEGADETH, i think of unparalleled musicianship (notably past guitarists MARTY FRIEDMAN and CHRIS POLAND) as well as the regressive and recalcitrant politics of MUSTAINE. with LOUREIRO in the mix a new word comes to mind: JOY.
check out his YOUTUBE channel. it provides an interesting perspective on the journey through the recording, rehearsing and touring life of a talented, modern WORKING MUSICIAN.