NiCo Protege is based out of Houston, Texas, USA.
He will tell you that his name "NiCo Protege" is a long description of what it means, why I am and why it means so much to me.
Protege by definition is a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career. NiCo believes a person can be a protege of many why can't a person be a protege to themselves? Only limited by what they want to learn and how much they want to learn. NiCo will also tell you he is his own mentor, patron and protege.
NiCo's start in music came when he was 5 years old watching his oldest brother play the drums at his high school drum line. NiCo was so fascinated in every aspect about how each individual noise in the entire band came together in a live performance for one unified masterpiece. Each individual instrument had a role that was perfectly constructed. A true testament to the three fundamental rules NiCo learned later in life:
- 1) Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
- 2) Less is more.
- 3) Silence is a noise too!
It wasn't until NiCo was 12 years old that he discovered the guitar. Which is where the name NiCo comes from. Aside from being Greek, which correct spelling is Niko, he took a twist on his Greek name as well as one of the most key pieces of equipment in a guitar. The pickups/hum buckers. Almost all pickups and hum buckers are made of either ceramic or ALNICO. AlNiCo, Aluminum Nickel and Cobalt, are the three key metals used in making the magnetic fields needed to produce sound from a guitar. Therefore, NiCo is Nickel and Cobalt. Thus bringing his passion for music and his Greek heritage into one name.