Friday, August 10, 2012

Seven questions... with Mark Mendieta from 'Transcend with Time'



I featured the music of Mark Mendieta last week and whilst in discussions with him... I asked him to complete my wee blog interview. This is what he had to say:

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1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am Mark Mendieta from Brownsville, Texas & I am a musician. I have been involved with music since the age of 5. I have 2 musical projects. Transcend with Time is my solo New Age/Ambient project that I started on 2006 & Subject to Thoughts is my Progressive Rock/Metal project that I began back in 1999. At the moment, it’s now a 2 man project.

2) What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I am working on new music for our upcoming Subject to Thoughts album. Hopefully, to be released late 2012 or early 2013.

3) Who inspires you?
Life & family inspire me. My family provides me with the motivation to allow me to do this. Since music is something I’ve wanted to do even at an early age, let’s just say music is my calling.

- Name an artist who has inspired you.
Back in 1992, while I was still in high school, a band came onto the scene which inspired me even more to become a musician. That band was Dream Theater. Their music was awe inspiring that till this day, they still remain my favorite band & the biggest influence in my/our music.

- Name place that has inspired you.
None.

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Hearing my/our music on radio stations. That really makes being a musician worthwhile. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe something like that would happen since these projects started as a hobby.


4) What drives you to do what you do?
I guess life again. I’ve been through a lot throughout my lifetime. Even though it’s been tough at times, my perseverance is what motivates me to continue what I’m doing. I tend to use my music as a form of therapy to help heal wounds. Thankfully, it’s worked.

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Well, for me it varies because every album (TwT or StT) tend to portray different values. It just depends what state of mind I’m in when writing a particular album.

6) What role does community play in what you do?
None.

7) What is next for what you do?
Well, hopefully continue to make music for as long as I can. Hopefully, garner as many fans I can along the way as well because without fans, music does not exist. In the end, I hope listeners can enjoy the sincerity and thought-provoking style I bring to my music because that’s something I’ve always prided myself in doing. I tend to stray away from the masses. You’ll never hear mainstream stuff out of me.

Last but not least, I would like to thank you Thomas for the support. It’s truly an honor.

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You are welcome, Mark!

Now... here are all the places where you can buy Mark's CD:

CDBaby
Amazon MP3
iTunes
BandCamp
eMusic

Please Note: the physical CD contains 2 bonus tracks and is only at CDBaby.
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