Victor Mendoza

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is a beautiful communication form and a lifestyle. I relate everything in my daily life with music and I find it easier to connect with others through music than I could possibly do with words or body language. Music makes me very happy.

What is your music dream?

When I was younger I wanted to be next Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar player. Then all I wanted was to play in a big stadium for thousands of people. Now I just want to take any chance of making music and to try making someone to feel the same I feel when I listen to music by any media, genere and to any audience and any part of the world.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I guess I'd start with me... maybe that would make me realize what world really needs. And maybe, if everyone did the same, we all could be that change. Maybe, I don't know...

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Jajajaja, I'm going to say "Ya Viene La Navidad" by Las Ardillitas De Lalo Guerrero. I used to listen a lot to that song, and pretty much that whole Christmas album... even when it wasn't Christmas season!!

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Iron Maiden, Bad Religion, Rufio, KT Tunstall <3, Maná... I don't know, the list goes on and on. I personally learned a lot of things from John Frusciante, as an artist, I see him as a role model and big influence both musically and as a person, as much as I know him through interviews and documentaries.

What inspires you to make music?

A lot of things! Living alone, being in love, falling out of love, weather changes, people on the streets, but mostly, I get really inspired when I see other artists perform. I can go to a concert and see the bands and get really inspired, but I can go to a theater and see a play and get even more inspired, people singing or performing on the streets, magic tricks, dances, paintings, movies...

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That would be... "Hi! I'm Victor! Nice to meet you, please join me on this one (:"

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel really really nervous. And excited. And anxious. And excited. And adrenalin. And nervous again. And happiness. And excited. Even if it's for 1 person, or just my family, or my friends, or a lot of people I don't know, It just feels so awesome every time!! xD

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I identify different patterns nowdays. There is the "I play whatever gives me money", and the "I just want to be famous (playing whatever thing that takes me there)". Also the "I just play because it's fun", or the "I play like this, and I don't really care about getting better"... Those all seem equally valid to me, as long as they are honest goals and not just because someone can't get out of that and try to do better. There are always paths to get better and better. I'd say, as musicians we all should be in an endless process of change, learning, practicing, trying new things and know more and more about music. Never stay too long in a comfort zone and never saying some is better or worst than anyone and never be ashamed of what you do, or listen to, or anything. Another important thing to say here is, never forget that it's all about the music, not about showing others what you can do with your instrument. It's not a competition. It is sad for me to see how the number of speed-gifted musicians increases but none of them are capable of sharing any thought or feeling through what they do. That's another reality that I see.

What do you think of Drooble?

It's a great idea and an awesome place to share a lot of music related stuff!! When I joined it felt like home :p Thank you so much for this!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Well, as Frusciante once said, "Music comes through when it wants to and it doesn't when it doesn't want to". I guess it's frustrating when it doesn't want to jajajajaja.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I think so. I've been lucky to meet local bands that I love, I learned some of their songs and love their work, attend their gigs whenever possible, get their albums, share their work... Specially the bands of the friends I grew up with, it's nice to see what they have achieved and of course they are an inspiration to me.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Well I'm not sure, I mean, I really never think much about that, I feel a little overwhelmed jajajaja. But reaching a large amount of people with your music is a lot easier these days, there are a lot of forums and media and strategies around the world (example, Drooble xD). I think the only way to get your own music listened to by a lot of people is to move it. Share it to everyone you know and put it anywhere others can hear it. As Dave Grohl says "Play gigs...", It takes time and money and a big effort but it's not good for any artist to just wait for someone to give you a chance, if you really want it, you go and make it happen. Do not deppend on someone else to promote your music.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Here you go some of my favorite projects. I bet you've never heared of.... Awaceros Y Otros Poemas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW_AsjI6sxk Tolteck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tJRqX48344 Los Maridos Muertos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyHY_ETgYos Deja Vu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN65p6gJ5J4 Plain Vanilla (I think you should have heard of them by now...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvWuKgmJ7LE Juan Semilla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox5oUQ1WvF4 Mario Flores https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbu2auSwi5s