Music and tech make a perfect pair — coding, troubleshooting and focusing on projects are often accompanied by a soundtrack for many in the IT industry. Whether it’s getting into that “flow state” or simply dialing in on a complex problem, listening to music seems to be the method of choice for IT employees looking to unlock creativity.
In this series, called Music Behind the Tech, we’ll help you get to know Rackspace employees, their stories and the relationship between the music they love and their work. We’ve even embedded their playlists at the bottom of each post. Rock on!
Music is much more than a passion for Zarek Munoz, it’s his lifeblood.
A drummer by trade, music has always had a central role in his life and he’s played for a number of bands all over San Antonio.
At the same time, he’s a self-described introvert who has looked to music even more over the past year as he’s made a major shift in careers.
Zarek’s talent for the drums and his love of music led him to pursue a degree in musical performance at the University of the Incarnate Word. But, life happens, as they say, and after much thought, Zarek decided to leave the program and pursue a second passion of his — technology — which he felt was better suited for a long-term career.
“I looked at the opportunities out there and made a decision to pursue a career in tech,” Zarek said. This past summer, he was hired at Rackspace as a member of our Cloud Office team.
But the move hasn’t stopped him from playing music. Zarek has continued playing gigs around San Antonio with many different bands — some of which are made up of Rackspace employees — balancing it alongside his tech career. In fact, he said, music has been a great way to connect with his new co-workers and find similar interests with people across the company.
“People already knew that I played drums and I’ve met a lot of good friends here who are musicians,” Zarek said. “They’re just fun to be around, and they have the same musical interests that I do.”
Working with the Cloud Office team, Zarek helps many of our customers configure and tweak their environments to ensure their systems perform in harmony. In spite of his shy nature, it’s been music — and a recent performance in our Rackers Got Talent show — that has helped him make connections at Rackspace.
“I don’t talk to a lot of people on my own,” Zarek said. “After playing that talent show, I’ve met a lot new people who said, ‘I never knew you could play like that!’…It’s easier to walk around and say hi to people now that they know who I am.”
Zarek’s Liner Notes
We end each of these profiles with some musical questions so you can get to know the Rackers a little bit better — here are Zarek’s answers and his specialized playlist.
Over the ear headphones or earbuds? Can I give one that’s not there? In ears, specifically musician in ears.
Spotify, Google Play or Pandora? Spotify
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Biggie or Tupac? Tupac
Miles Davis or Louis Armstrong? Louis Armstrong
Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash? Johnny Cash
Deadmau5 or Danger Mouse? Deadmau5
Song that is stuck in your head? Invisible Enemy by August Burns Red
Best concert you’ve ever attended? Nine Inch Nails concert and it wasn’t for them – I saw Explosions in the Sky as the opening act and they blew my mind.
Stay tuned for our next Music Behind the Tech profile and visit Rackspace to find out more about our experts and the ways they’re helping customers tackle their toughest IT challenges. And whether you like smooth jazz or hard rock, if you’re looking to start your own career at Rackspace, be sure to apply online today.