Marlene Mendoza is a full time Musician and Music Teacher based out of New York City. Rainbow Llamacorn and I caught up with Marlene after finding out about her through That Space Zebra Show on their debut episode of Starving Artists. A show hosted by Bobby Schubenski and Wes Borland, produced by Jake Miller, where unsigned Artists can submit a song to perform live on the Space Zebra stream where the people watching can tip/donate to the Artist playing, and every cent goes straight to the Artist. Check out our entire interview above! And to all of our Veterans reading/watching, We Love You!!!! 💖💖💖💖
On that episode of Starving Artists, which you can read our article about here, Marlene performed captivating, stripped down, keyboard acoustic renditions of her songs Karma, a cover of Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’, A Battle Between Two Lesser Evils, and an a capella version of Lost Control.
Rainbow Llamacorn asked how Marlene first found out about Space Zebra and what made her decide to be on Starving Artists. Marlene talked about how before it was Space Zebra, it was called Blackcraft Gaming, where they’d play games like Call of Duty live on Twitch. They were listening to unsigned Artists at that time. Marlene submitted one of her songs to them and they Loved it. She was Blackcraft’s first sponsored Artist. Then they started growing and became Space Zebra with DWPresents. She talked about how she Loves the Space Zebra community because it’s so great and supportive and it’s great to connect and interact. She feels like she made friends with everyone there.
When asked about what inspired her to write Lost Control, she said she wrote it during the pandemic after a few therapy sessions, describing how you
can get lost in your head. The experience behind Lost Control is everything outside is ok, not bad, but
inside you feel like everything is not in control, you’re losing control mentally.
Marlene feels all of her songs have deep meaning and helped her through something. Writing things out
has helped her a lot, expressing herself and how she feels, and getting her emotions out in a really
When on the subject of Mental Health Awareness. She shared show Music is how she deals with Mental Health issues, it’s super important, and she feels like it’s not talked about a lot, that it needs to be talked about a lot more because it really sucks when you’re stuck in your head and nobody can tell, you can look happy, but on the inside you might not be.
When asked what were the bands that inspired her to become a Musician, she said when Panic! At The Disco released their first album. She also mentioned Evanescense, My Chemical Romance, and ‘all the Emo bands’. Listening to Metal and Heavy Music in general is what inspired her to start screaming,something that she recently started doing within the past few years.
She’s currently working on an EP she wants to release before the end of this year. She’s planning on going to the studio in August. She also has collaborated with LJesus, another Artist featured on Space Zebra for Road To LA and also Battle For The Big Stage. She says the song is so good, it was so much fun to do, and she’s excited for everyone to hear it!