Interview with Denis Fernandez

by Cristina Grant

Denis Fernandez joined Tes in April 2015 as a front end software developer and currently works from Barcelona, Spain. He grew up in Havana, Cuba and went to Higher Design Institute where he graduated as a Graphic Designer. As if designing and creating amazing visual experiences for our digital education platform is not enough, Denis also plays the bass guitar and is a member of two metal bands. Below are a few questions we asked Denis to get to know him better!

Photo of Denis with his guitar

How long have you been doing front end development? What do you love about it?

Hey guys! Thanks for the interview :) I’ve been working having fun as as a front end developer since 2008. I enjoy the creation of meaningful experiences that digital technologies can reveal.

Do you have any hobbies outside work?

When I’m not coding I play the bass guitar. Music is my passion. I play in a progressive metal and a death metal bands. Recently we released an album, you can listen to it on Spotify (http://spoti.fi/2goyhct). Feel free to check my website http://bass.gridchin.com/

What’s your favorite ‘90s jam?

When people find out that I’m Cuban the first thing that comes to their mind is that I love “Salsa” (genre of popular Cuban music) and that I’m a great dancer. The truth is quite the opposite. I grew up listening to rock and metal bands - Nirvana, Pantera, Aria, Iron Maiden, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne, Korn, and the list goes on. These bands inspired me to learn and play music.

What inspires you?

It depends on the moment of my life. Nowadays I’m inspired by my family, my friends, my roots and by Barcelona - one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. Been surrounded by mountains and sea, mixed with people from around the world, amazing architecture, diverse culture - Barcelona provides an environment with all ingredients for my inspiration.

What do you work toward in your free time?

I work toward being a stronger front end engineer, a more skilled bass player and a better person.

What is the most interesting place you have traveled?

I think each place has its own interest, beauty and uniqueness. But if I had to choose I’d say Mull island in Scotland. You should definitely visit this place.

What is your favorite food?

I have many of them. But once again, if I had to choose that would be the typical Cuban “Arroz congrí con carne de cerdo asada” (rice with black beans and roasted pork).

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Interesting question :) I would say:

  • Be a rock star
  • Have a dog (Boston Terrier or French Bulldog)
  • Travel in time

What is your workspace like?

Denis's workspace looks a like a music studio

My workplace looks more like a music studio. For me it’s the best workspace in the world! :)