Aidan Mendoza - Texas Interview by Larissa Chelius. Nomination and Photography by April Mendoza Photography. Cover/Scholarship Winner for Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
The Nomination: Aidan has an amazing work ethic and is very self-motivated. He has been interested in playing the guitar since he was a toddler, and the interest stuck with him. He started on guitar, but he switched over to bass. That has been his love. Then last year he started playing drums, and like the bass he has really excelled due to his desire to practice many hours a day. He is in house band at School of Rock Clear Lake which is their main performing band that he had to audition for. The kids at School of Rock are such a tight group. Even when they are not playing a gig somewhere, they are usually together hanging out on the weekends. One of the things I really love is how supportive they all are to each other.
How did you become interested in music and what made you decide that this is something you want to pursue in life? Ever since I was five, music is something that I've always had a strong passion for. I was always so interested in how music came together and worked along with the stuff going on deeper inside of it. It was watching music videos and people performing that made me want to pick up an instrument, and ever since I immediately knew what I wanted to do.
What kind of community has the school of rock been for you? School of Rock is a really great place to start out for anyone who wants to pursue music. With many excellent and supportive instructors, it has helped me a lot in many ways. I have gained a lot of experience in the past two years attending School of Rock. From being able to join the house band and getting to play countless shows at many places around Texas, it has brought me great experiences to becoming a professional musician. Playing live is one of the most thrilling and addictive experiences ever, and I can't thank the people at School of Rock enough for giving me these opportunities.
Tell us a little bit about the relationships made at School of Rock. School of Rock is a really great place to meet people who have the same passion and love for music as you do. I have made many great friends and opportunities because of it. It's also a really great way to network with other musicians, who've since I've and many others started bands and musical projects with.
Who has inspired you the most as a musician? For me, it would have to be John Mayer. He has changed me a lot as a person and a musician, a lot for the better. He taught me that it's okay to go outside of the lines and to be able to express yourself musically however you feel is right to you. You don't have to line up behind what's popular, it's okay to share what you truly love even if people aren't into it at the moment. Cross musical borders, do not be afraid to do something that you can't compare with something that is already heard.
What do you plan on doing after high school? I would really like to see where music takes me in life. It's honestly what I love doing the most. I would even love to attend a school such as Berklee College of Music one day too!
Has homeschooling affected your career in music? In good ways yes, it certainly has given me a lot more time to fulfill being a musician while being able to maintain schoolwork and good grades.
Aidan will be on the cover and featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!