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Life & Work with Nicholas Cecil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Cecil. 

Hi Nicholas, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Gekko has been around the area for the past 9 years, coming up on our 10th anniversary. Gekko initially formed as a group of high school friends looking to write some songs and have fun. We were able to break our way into the bar scene and started preforming at local bars and venues around our area, as many local bands do. Eventually, we were able to get some contacts with Mammoth (local production company) and started opening up for bands touring to Kansas City – We have had the pleasure of opening up for band such as; The Floozies, The Main Squeeze, Twiddle, Wookiefoot, The Werks, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Afroman, just to name a few. We have also had the pleasure of preforming at every major Kansas City venue, aside from the Sprint Center. Currently, we are finishing up a studio album and look forward to getting back on the road and playing venues/festivals in the Midwest! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Music is never a smooth road, there is not much money in this business and a lot of time investment. This is something that all bands have to balance, and us being a 7-person band have certainly struggled with this – balancing our work and personal lives, while trying to maintain a steady workflow and stay committed to our passion! 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the Music Director at School of Rock Overland Park. Using my skills, I have acquired from playing live music all over the Midwest and bringing that knowledge and expertise to a digestible lesson that students can learn from and find their own path. Playing in Gekko is the reason I am able to do what I do! 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to me is being able to support myself and doing something that is both fulfilling and enjoying to do. Music is this to me, while there isn’t a ton of money in it for me – I am happy to make that sacrifice in order to improve my overall quality of life. I am blessed to be able to do music for a living! 

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