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Meet Alex Mantekas of NotLö in Lakewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Mantekas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I truly believe that everyone has their own passion with something, just finding out what it maybe is another task in life. A little over two years ago, I was at a big lull in my life, not sure where to direct my energy in life. My mother suffered from severe strokes and I was not sure how things were going to unfold. With my worries about my family, I had started to lose grasp of everything going on around me and noticed a downward spiral in my attitude towards life. I needed something to distract me and help me find myself amongst the stress and worries I was going through.

I had always loved being around live music, and the feeling it brought for everybody too. My parents enriched my life with a wide variety of music while I was growing up too. One day, I was sitting in my bedroom listening to my favorite artist, CloZee, and I was like wow what it must feel like to produce a song like this!? So I got on my laptop and downloaded a trial of Ableton (an electronic producing software). I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and I still really don’t.

However, what I did know is that I finally found something that triggered my curiosity and desire to learn. I sat in my room for hours, synthesizing the weirdest noises. They sounded awful. I kept at this every day until I could finally compose a song. Once I noticed that I was really into this process, I decided to put them out for the world on SoundCloud. My music is a very wide variety, you can find melodic tunes, party-like songs, and very deep, feel-good songs. I try to make any and every genre with constants my static sounds and world influences in instruments. The reason I like making every genre is because I want to be able to bring the masses together. I don’t want certain types of people in my crowds, I want them all. I want my music to make the masses feel elevated and united while having fun. This is where the name comes in, my music makes you elevated Not Lö(w). I had played a few local shows in Denver to get my project out there. However, in January I came in contact with a man named Kyle Hoffman, the CEO of Mean Mug Music (the label I am currently signed to). I spent months sending my music out to random labels to see if they liked it, and a lot of people did NOT like it. It was discouraging but I knew that if I cared about something this much, somebody has to, and I couldn’t give up. Kyle began speaking with me and telling me how he wanted me to sign to Mean Mug, and he was gonna help get me to my full potential.

My point is, it’s very scary to go after things that are so uncertain. At times, I still think this whole journey I am pursuing is uncertain, but such is life. I still have so much room to grow creatively, and more marketing to do. It seems like a high climb, but since January I have played over 25 shows in 8 different states. I also have played some major festivals. This summer, I played Backwoods Music Festival, Sonic Bloom, and I am about to play sacred vibrations in Michigan. Another one is coming up around Halloween, I just can’t spill the beans yet. 😉 Don’t ever stop pursuing something you care about, I promise you have nothing to lose, and EVERYTHING to gain!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No it definitely hasn’t been the smoothest road. That doesn’t stop me though. I have dealt with hearing some guys in this Denver music community say, “Her music isn’t that good I am not sure of why she gets bookings and has a big following”. Those kind of things really set me back and made me question a lot. I had gotten to the point of where I was thinking I wasn’t worthy of what was going on. Luckily, I snapped out of it. I kept playing my original music at shows and out of state shows, seeing the best genuine reactions in the crowd. I realized people who are jealous of you will begin to act this way. Like I said, I don’t think my music is anything out of this world, but it’s definitely unique and has a great vibe. People stay moving at my sets, and I really look to feel the energy of the crowd!

I have also dealt with lots of delayed flights, even a canceled one when traveling to shows, but that’s life.

Please tell us about NotLö.
The NotLö project is not only a source for my musical productions but it’s a whole feeling. I have a very outgoing and weird personality. I try to stay genuinely me on social media platforms to also serve as a message to people. I show them how I am being 100% me and how that is okay in this world. I look like an idiot on stage actually with the way I am naturally dancing, but I am also wanting to convey to people to let themselves get lost in the music, become elevated. I also like being very interactive with people who are enjoying what I am doing. I really love meeting different people from every different background. With that being said, please always say hi to me:)

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
What I would have done differently is an odd question for me right now. I truly believe I’m in a big growth stage still, that hasn’t finalized everything I’m going for in the project. I do regret not coming to Denver sooner though. I was in South Carolina, where I was born and raised with my family. I did not realize how big of a culture for what I am doing, living in Denver. I have also been able to really make my best music while being here because of the truly inspiring people and places I have seen while being here. My heart and NotLö’s heart definitely lie in Denver.

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1 Comment

  1. Alice Bailey

    August 30, 2019 at 11:11 am

    You thought you could and you did, Good luck NotLo keep going .

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