We’re excited to announce the addition of Nik Wenzel (developer, IT specialist, and opera singer) to the 435 Digital team. He’s hit the ground running and is already busy creating new web solutions and making sure our clients’ sites are humming smoothly.
While he doesn’t sing at his desk (yet…), we’re all pretty sure we can hear “In diesen heil’gen Hallen” coming from somewhere within his cube.
To better introduce Nik, we put our journalism skills to work and asked him a series of hard-hitting questions:
How’d you get to where you are today, working at 435 Digital?
After wrapping up my Masters Degree at Northwestern, I’ve been working as a Front-End Developer & WordPress Specialist for about five years – four with another firm on the Northside, and the past year as a Contractor for various startups here in Chicago. When the opportunity came along to work with the team at 435, I jumped at the chance.
What is your favorite Youtube video?
Leonard Bernstein conducting a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Berlin on Christmas Day, 1989 – just a month after the Berlin wall fell. It’s a truly powerful performance of an incredibly meaningful piece of music.
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter and why?
I’m also a professional opera singer (no really, I’m not kidding!) and a lot of the accounts that I follow have something to do with classical music. Alex Ross (@AlexRossMusic), former music critic of the New York Times and current music critic for the New Yorker is the leading voice of music criticism of the last generation. His posts and accompanying articles are always fascinating.
What is your favorite thing about Chicago?
There is just an incredible amount of culture in this city. Whether it be fine art, music, ethnic food, neighborhood festivals, or the theatre, there is so much to do in this city. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
What do you love about your role as Web Developer / IT Specialist at 435 Digital?
The environment is very collaborative and creative – a true team atmosphere. Everyone is extremely well-rounded, and it allows us all to think outside the box. As a team, we have so much to offer our clients.