Who Creates Our Instrumental Tracks? Meet NapBak
Ever wondered who helps produce our songs?
Meet NapBak. Aka, Napoleon Alberto Baca Ríos.
From growing up in a house of mandolins to starting a Venezuelan metal band, Napoleon now produces music professionally for artists around the world. Including, the instrumental music tracks here at Jam Campus.
What is NapBak’s story?
Born in Cagua, Venezuela, Napoleon grew up in a family of musicians, music producers, and orchestra conductors. Everyone in his family loves the art of musical expression.
He learned the drums at age 8. Guitar at age 12. Started his own band at 14. And since age 19, he’s been a full-time music producer, working toward his real true passion.
Napoleon first got into music by watching his uncle, Jose, play music with his friends every weekend. From a young age, he felt the true power of sound and music.
Although he enjoys lyrics and vocals, Napoleon prefers instrumental music, describing it as “a rollercoaster of emotions, telling a story through musical language.” He loves experimenting with different instruments and sounds.
While Napoleon has had many career successes so far, he has big dreams of touring the world. One day, he hopes to teach master classes and share many of his personal projects. Maybe even collaborate with popular DJs such as Skrillex, Diplo, and Zedd.
This year, his top priority is to continue crafting his own original sound. And in doing so, publicize more music on his partner record companies, Vinculo Records and Lintro Music Publishing. As he continues to create new music, Napoleon is also exploring new marketing strategies to promote his independent artist career.
For now, he enjoys the entertaining and educational nature of Jam Campus songs. The variety of pop and hip-hop songs fits well with his musical style. In regards to Jam Campus, Napoleon says, “I’m a big fan of comedy and watching you interpret your teaching puts me in an excellent mood. I’m so proud of our work when I see the acceptance of the public!”
Another musical project by Napoleon is his metal band, called Synthness. They were quite popular in Venezuela with thousands of local fans and YouTube channel. Unfortunately, the crisis in Venezuela forced his bandmates to flee the country, and they had to break up the band. More about the crisis in Venezuela, below.
What’s Your Favorite Song You’ve Created?
This was a difficult question for Napoleon, as he stated that “Every song has something special to them. It’s like asking a parent about the kid they love the most!” But if he had to choose, a few of his favorites are:
- “Tropical Love” by NapBak (see video above)
- “Elix” by Synthness
- “Parts of the Brain Song” by Jam Campus
- “Things To Do In Taiwan Song” by Jam Campus
More About the Crisis in Venezuela
In recent news, Venezuela is experiencing an unfortunate political situation. Since January of 2019, there has been a dispute of who exactly is president of Venezuela. This instability in power has been discussed globally as leaders around the world promote varying opinions on which Venezuelan leader they support.
This crisis has been devastating to the day-to-day lives of local Venezuelans. Hyperinflation has many locals struggling to afford food and basic necessities. Along with frequent electricity outages and medicine shortages, many Venezuelans are fleeing the country to seek a better life.
What Happened to Napoleon?
Napoleon experienced these challenges first hand. With spotty electricity and no internet for weeks at a time, he was forced to flee his home. Nationwide blackouts prevented his friends and family from communicating with each other.
Also, Napoleon’s entire income comes from producing music for clients on Fiverr. With no internet, Napoleon has no income. As he was beginning to get late delivery warnings, he decided to pack up his audio gear and migrate. “I left everything I was doing, tried to communicate as I could with all of my friends and family.”
He organized a five-day road trip to Colombia with a few friends. But as they were halfway there, they heard that Colombia had closed its border and was too dangerous to go near. So they rerouted to the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas – where electricity is more reliable, but water is incredibly scarce.
With the government now distributing timed rations of electricity, Napoleon was able to make it back to his hometown for the time being.
Although he noted that he loves his country, he’s prepared for a last-minute migratory trip if these political ebbs and flows of uncertainty continue.