CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR CREATIVE APPROACH. OUR FIFTH EDITION FEATURES PRODUCER NOW YOU MUST CLIMB ALONE. FROM ANTIGUA GUATEMALA. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK ALEX A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS WORK. CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW BELOW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Now You Must Climb Alone: Hi, I’m Alex Hentze.
SA: Where are you from?
NYMCA: I’m from Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala.
SA: How did you start making music?
NYMCA: I was in to music since I was very young, not formally or in any school, wen I was 14 years old I found the software where it changed my life.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
NYMCA: I try not to have a creative process, I just like to have the most tools i could have and then just let them work like they want to work, so i can’t have a specific line of work.
SA: Where do you like to create?
NYMCA: Anywhere, but mostly In the woods or where its cold.
SA: How do you feel your space influences your work?
NYMCA: It does a lot, like the pillow let you sleep better, the space let you create in different ways, but even with the best pillow you can’t get no sleep.
SA: How long have you been in this space?
NYMCA: I have been traveling the past 3 years in Argentina, (Im back to Guatemala) had my studio in Buenos Aires, some times we rented a cabin in the woods in the north of Argentina and take all the gear and make music with a friend, I have a mini studio here in Antigua Guatemala, but I don´t have a based studio where I can spend a lot of time, we opened a family restaurant and it takes too much time, and I’m making music in the bar, making music in the plaza, making music in my beaks.
SA: Do you compare your music to other compositions while working on it?
NYMCA: Just when mastering.
SA: What is your most essential piece of gear?
NYMCA: Any keyboard controller.
SA: Do you enjoy working with software?
NYMCA: Yeah, a lot.
SA: What percentage of your work is done in software?
SA: Do you feel that working on hardware gear provides a benefit to the modern producer?
NYMCA: Of course, I think, like a photographer should have the experience to work with analog films to see how the texture can be in their work, same with music, It can give you another world in your music.
SA: What are you working on currently?
NYMCA: I’m making with some friends a project fused with retro-projectors using water and oil natural dyes to make analog visuals and the same with music, a journey and a story which the audience can build them selves.
SA: Where do you release your music? What do you feel is the ideal platform to release music in todays industry?
NYMCA: I think the definition of an “ideal platform” varies between artists. For me, Soundcloud is the way to go, I release a lot of my music through a collective in LA called Modern Filth. Between their page and my page, I can reach the proper demographic. I just hope that Soundcloud can endure the rapidly changing industry.
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
NYMCA: I’m working a lot of music, I hope you like them when they are released.
Now You Must Climb Alone can be found on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/now-you-must-climb-alone