Interview: Alex Nackman on Pokémon, Brian Eno, and The Writing Process

Fieldhouse artist Alex Nackman recently wrote a song to be used in the television series Pokémon. We sit down with Alex to ask him about the process of custom writing for television.

Alex Nackman

 

FH: When you were asked to write for Pokémon, did you see the footage?

AN: I was given a description and I saw the last 5 minutes of the show.

FH: Which were the end credits you had to write to?

AN: Right.

FH: Was it different writing for a children’s show than your normal songwriting process?

AN: Lyrically it was strange because I’m so used to writing from a poetic angle, and for kids you need to be very literal. They don’t understand all the poetry. So when I first sent the song in, I was told to simplify this, you’re writing for a nine year old kid. It took me a couple of times. You learn to come at it at a different angle. You have to go out of your comfort zone.

FH: What’s the name of the song?

AN: It’s called “Follow Your Star”.

FH: Where did you record the song?

AN: In my home studio in Brookyln.

FH: What kind of instrumentation did you use?

AN: Acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass, and synth. The drums were electronic though. Which was cool, I got this spacey astronaut kind of sound. And the clip I was shown had this kid flying, so it worked. More specifically, I used my ’63 Gibson acoustic for most of this tune with some electric leads from a ’62 Fender Jazzmaster. Vocals were recorded through a Neumann TLM 67 with a Universal Audio LA-610 channel strip. All recorded through a Mac and Avid Pro Tools 10.

FH: What music influenced you while writing the song?

AN: I was going for a kind of Brian Eno vibe, not that the song sound sounds like him. But he gets a very angelic sound I think, so I listened to bunch of his stuff from the late 80s for inspiration.

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