Member:
1997- Opeth - bass  


Interviews

01.01.2009 Opeth


Personal information

Born on: 06.04.1978

Martin Mendez (born April 6, 1978 in Uruguay), is the bass guitar player for the progressive death metal band Opeth. He was also a member of several other bands, some with friend and former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, including Fifth to Infinity, Proxima, Vinterkrig and Requiem Aeternam. Originally, the other members of Opeth were hesitant about adding Mendez to the lineup, because they feared the band would be divided into two camps, since Mikael and Peter had played together so long, and the Martins had played together so long. However, they eventually conceded, and Mendez joined the band right before the recording to My Arms, Your Hearse started, but the band did not have time to try him out so the bass lines on that album were recorded by Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt, Martin joined in tour for the album. His first real recording with Opeth was on the Still Life album, and has been with the band ever since. Mendez is well known for his side-to-side style of headbanging, which has been parodied several times on the internet.

Equipment

Bass guitar
Fender Marcus Miller Signature Jazz Bass.
Fender Sunburst Jazz bass American series.
Fretless Fender Jazz Bass.

Amplifiers
Ampeg SVT Classic head and 8x10 Cabinet.

Name: Martin Mendez

Instrument: Bass guitar

Birth date: 78-04-06

Lives in: Stockholm

Status: In a relationship

Family: Sandra and Noak

Equipment: Fender Jazz basses, 8x10 Fender cabinets, D´addario strings, Line6 pedalboard, American standard Jazz Bass, Fender TB- 1200 amp.

Previous/other bands or projects: Vinterkrig, Proxima.

Website: non

Influences: Astor Piazzolla, Morbid Angel, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Darkthrone, Joni mitchell, Madrugada, Husnu selendirici & Taksim trio, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Chick Corea, Scott Walker, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Madder Mortem, Triana, etc.......

Drinks: Water, wine...

Eats: Meat, vegetables, cream brule

Favourite Opeth song: The Moor, Hessian Peel

Playlist May 2008:
Testament - The Formation Of Damnation
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco

First bought record:
Killing is my bussines, Megadeth

Best ever song:
Visions by Stevie Wonder

Best ever album:
Moonmadness - Camel, Lateralus - Tool

Favourite songwriter:
Astor Piazzolla

Favourite musician:
Jaco Pastorius

Playlist August 2007:

Jaco Pastorius - Jaco
Chick Corea - My spanish heart
Astor Piazzolla - Zero Hour
Madrugada - Industrial Silence
Alice in chains - All