Emmara Mendoza

Have you always been musical?

For as long as I can remember. During primary school and high school, I was always a part of something to do with music. Having such awesome music teachers influenced me and helped me improve my music skills. Shout out to Miss Harper, Mr Gornall and Mrs Rostedt. I have had the occasional gigs at cafes over the years, and performing on stage with other local artists.

What/who are your musical influences?

I love the 80’s! even when I’m driving or working at Su Jus Bar, you’ll always find me jamming to it. I also grew up listening to the Gorillaz, I love their unique approach to performing and their style. 80’s/90’s power ballad performers such as Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, Air supply, REO Speed wagon, Journey, Phil Collins just to name a few. There’s too many.

What/who are you listening to right now?

At the moment I’m listening to Bazzi, Omar Apollo, Tame Implala and Foreigner mainly. I find their music has a really nice vibe to it, and recently I’m finding their songs relatable. And of course I listen to my own songs. Each song of mine is a memory or a want I have expressed into a song, so its nice to listen, reflect and dream.

Favourite line from a song?

“Please don’t hate me now, I cant help what I have found, I know its not the same, people change in this way” What I’ve found by Chichii. Yes, it’s my song, but that line is really powerful to me, regarding what I have been through for the past two years. Love sucks sometimes, it either works out or it doesn’t.

Do you practise regularly?

If you consider singing at random points in the day practise? Then yes. But I also take the time to practise new songs for performing and singing karaoke with my friends.

Which instruments do you play?

During Highschool, I played the drums, bass guitar and guitar for the school bands. I really enjoyed playing bass so I would love to get into that again. For the moment I mainly play guitar and sing, but even though I don’t know how to play it, I think the piano is such a beautiful instrument, I will get into that as well.

What gig past, future or present would you like to have been to/go to?

Being at an MJ concert would have been so magical. He has been such a major influence for the music industry, he’s a true music legend.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years in the music industry?

Having a virtual concert on Fortnite, not because I like Fortnite, I just think its funny.