Danny--- (phone)1/9/04 Justin Tuesday 05
Ashley: Introduce yourself.
Danny: My name is Danny Lippi. I'm 23 years old. I'm the
drummer for the NESkimos. AKA Mario, that's who I am.
Ashley: Give me the history of the band in the form of a
brief faerie tale.
Danny: There was a prince by the name of Dan (AKA Dr.
Wily) and he had a donkey for a best friend named Danny, me,
Mario. Dr. Wily said, "hey Donkey" and I was like, "yo, wassup?"
and he was like, "let's form a band 'cause I'm bored" and I was
like, "OK" and I was like, "what do you want to do?" and he was
like, "well, let's do Nintendo songs" and I was like, "hey, we
could rock this out" and he was like "excellent". So we were
like, "OK, what are we gonna call it?" He was like, "Well, I've
been thinking of these names and this and that. How about
NESkimos?" and I just started laughin. He was like, "That work?"
and I was like, "hell yeah, that works. We gotta spell it
N-E-S-k-i-m-o-s." So that worked out and we were like, "we need
to find a bassist." He's like, "I know this princess in this
castle"... (fairy tale, fairy tale...) and I was like, "OK,
excellent. What's his name?" "Ross." "Oh, I know Ross." So we
got Ross. We got our stage names. I'm Mario because I'm half
Italian. Wily is Dr. Wily 'cause he's all smart and it was
basically his idea. Belmont... it just sounded cool. So it was
the three of us. That was two summers ago. When the summer had
ended, we had done a bunch of songs, played a couple shows, and
soon we'd all go back to school and decided to record. Dr. Wily
was like, "Hey, I'm doing computer stuff at school. I think I
can do a website. Just put songs up there for the hell of it."
So we were like, "OK, cool". So we made a halfass website, put
our songs on MP3.com and somehow/somewhat got really, really
popular and two years later, we're on MTV. ...and then the
dragon came and burned all in damnation.
Ashley: Was deciding to do Nintendo covers a random idea?
Danny: Yeah, totally just random. I've been in bands
where we did covers of like whatever stuff. I'm full of whatever
kind of music. Dan, the guitarist, he's into all kinds of music
as well. He just had this idea and we were like, "yeah,
excellent". We both like really heavy music. I used to be way
into death metal when I was in high school, so we were like "we
can make these songs so heavy". Nintendo is just nerd. That
music is just total nerd, but if you make it heavy, it just
Ashley: Were you a gaming nerd in high school?
Danny: Actually, a little secret, is I never had a
Nintendo. I had a Sega Genesis. I was a Sega kid. Then we
actually got Super Nintendo and I played Super Street Fighter 2
religiously. So yeah, I was a video game nerd. Not as much as
Wily. He was pretty nerdy.
Ashley: What are you listening to now?
Danny: I really liked Smashing Pumpkins. I've got like
all their albums. I really like them a lot. Their drummer's
insane. I'm a huge Soulfly fan. I've seen them three times. I
like blues a lot. I like bluegrass. I guess a lot of stuff. Wily
and I both love the Cure. Always have, always will. We both like
Alice in Chains a lot. He likes Radiohead and Tool a lot.
Ashley: Have you been playing a lot of shows lately?
Danny: No. We're all at school and we all live really far
apart from each other while we're at school, so like one show
ever three to four months.
Ashley: How is a typical show turnout?
Danny: We have pretty good turnouts. It's strange because
we didn't know what kind of crowd we were gonna get because we
play faster, heavier kind of music, even though it's Nintendo.
So we're thinking about our age group. Teens and early 20's.
It's weird. At every show, we'll have like two or three adults
that are like 40+ year old people. As soon as they hear Mario or
Zelda or one of those really popular games that everybody in the
world literally knows, they'll just start rockin out. We're
like, "this is cool. This is weird, but this is cool". I've
never been in a band that's kind of transcended generations like
Ashley: Talk about your MTV experience.
Danny: That was interesting. They contacted us. Actually,
it was the second time they'd contacted us. The first time they
contacted us was to be in MTV magazine. That just came out in
November. They did this little piece on us like, "There's this
Nintendo band called NESkimos, blah blah blah". They contacted
us the second time to see if we wanted to be on the show,
Ultimate Video Game Countdown. I just happened to get the email
first, so I immediately called them up and talked to the guy and
made him laugh 'cause he was like "why do you guys do this?" and
I was like, "basically 'cause we're nerds and we're bored". He
was like, "HAHA, that's hilarious. We're just testing waters,
seeing what's out there. We'll get back to you if we think it'll
work out". So about a month later, he calls us back and is all
like, "we've talked to the other bands and we think you're the
one we'd like to work with. Would you like to be on the show?"
We were like, "hell yeah!" We worked it out to where he'd come
in mid November, fly down from New York to St. Augustine, FL. We
booked a show and he came down with a camera guy and a sound guy
and they videotaped us recording and kind of hanging out.
Interviewing us, then interviewing me. They kind of centered it
around me because that's how they do that documentary stuff.
They have one person kinda be the storyteller. I guess because I
was the one doing all the contact stuff, they chose me. Then
they videotaped us playing the show and it was really fun. The
camera guy's really cool. He started rockin out. He was an older
guy and he started really getting into it heavy. It was fun. The
MTV guy was a really nice guy. I think we all were a little
awkward and uncomfortable being on camera. Like this is gonna be
on national television. We've never done anything like that
before. That was interesting. I don't know that I'd do it again,
though. Our fifteen minutes of fame, there it is.
Ashley: Where do you want to go with the band?
Danny: If we weren't in school, I personally would be
happy with us just doing an independent tour, going from place
to place and getting just enough money to get to the next place
and rock out. I have fun playing for anywhere from nobody to a
lot of people. I really enjoy the music and I have a lot of fun
playing. Dan (Wily), he wants to really be a rock star. He
really wants to make it work. I think he wants to be a little
more ambitious with the band and make it a business and really
try to get it going because we've become so weirdly popular.
Right now, our priorities are school. In the future, we're gonna
try and do a tour and see where that goes.