Fernando Mendoza

Eugenia Leon

Fernando Mendoza

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About

Paiste Artist Since
July 2011

Nationality
Mexico

Main Affiliation
Eugenia Leon

Other Affiliation
Susana Zabaleta

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„The first time I tried paiste cymbals, I immediately knew that this was the sound I had dreamed of.“

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Biography

Originaly from Morelia Mexico, and from a family of musicians, FERNANDO MENDOZA started playing drums at the age of four. At nine years old, he started studying classic piano and theory in the “Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes” and continued those studies at “El Conservatorio de las Rosas” in Morelia Mexico for eight years. At the age of eleven he started studying drums formaly and decided to take music seriously thanks to his parents and their introduction to Jazz music. Mainly being self-taught, he has taken some private lessons with some of the greatest drummers like Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Antonio Sanchez and Dave Weckl. Fernando started playing professionaly at 14, and he’s been playing in a lot of diferent proyects from Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Funk, Rock, Pop to traditional Mexican music in Mexico and the U.S. Currently playing with EUGENIA LEON (www.eugenialeon.com) one of the best singers in Mexico, Susana Zabaleta, and also working as a Musical Director for “Las tres grandes”. Fernando has played with: Phil Grenadier, Lincoln Goines, Sandro Albert, Kattisse Buckingham, Luis Conte, Donnie Beck, Larry Steen, Queen Johnson, Christian Mendoza, Steve Monreal, Hector Infanzón, Roberto Vizcaino, Gabriel Hernandez, Miguel Villicaña, Enrique Nery, Cris Lobo, Francisco Lelo de Larrea, Rey David Alejandre, Lila Downs, María León, Cecilia Toussaint, Ely Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade, Armando Manzanero, Francisco Céspedes, Reily and Nelson Rangel just to name a few. FERNANDO MENDOZA ENDORSES: PAISTE CYMBALS, CANOPUS SNARE DRUMS, AQUARIAN DRUMHEADS & CYMPAD.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, dry, woody. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Full, warm, open sound. Loose, soggy chick sound. Perfectly suited for traditional swing patterns, but also well usable for other acoustic styles like Blues, Country, Soul or Gospel.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, trashy, papery, low. Wide range, complex and moody mix. Soft and buttery feel with a very wobbly and vibrant response. Fairly defined stick sound over a dark and cloudy wash. Perfectly suited for quieter musical settings such as blues, jazz and acoustic styles. Very user-friendly for percussive use and classical mallet application.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, silvery, airy with a mystical touch. Medium wide range, fairly complex mix. Very soft, papery feel. Very responsive. A graceful crash cymbal for delicate, sensitive playing with light sticks, brushes, rods and hands. Well suited for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Earthy, warm, dry, washy. Fairly narrow range, complex mix. Soft, giving and responsive feel. Depending on how aggressively you tighten the pair, they offer a range from dry, trashy hi-hat sounds to shattering, noisy-washy crash effects.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

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