(born 1971) is a British multi-instrumentalist
He is best known as the vocalist
of the British progressive blackened death metal
, although he also achieved notoriety throughout the experimental electronic
movement of the 1990s.
Mendonca was born of an English mother and a Portuguese father in the west London
suburb of West Drayton
and educated in Hillingdon
. The youngest of four children, he was raised in a house where music was always being played; either by his sister on the piano or his older siblings listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin
, The Rolling Stones
and the Sex Pistols
as well as a collection of classical music
records that the family owned.
He had piano lessons from the age of 5 and at primary school
began playing B flat Cornet
. Later playing Cornet from age 7 and then Baritone Euphonium
with the Yiewsley and West Drayton Silver Band. At the age of 10, he acquired a three quarter size Spanish guitar
from his Uncle and attempted a few basic chords.
Soon after starting secondary school
at age 11, already keenly interested in bands such as Rush
, Iron Maiden
and Black Sabbath
, he was introduced to the music of Jimi Hendrix
by a school friend. This was the turning point at which Mendonca realised he must obtain an electric guitar. Allegedly saving up £4.50 a week from a Saturday job, he accumulated sufficient funds to buy a guitar from the older brother of a classmate.