Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 0.80mm gauge.
“I never knew it was so easy and fun to design my own picks…They last much longer than any other brand, the colors also don’t wear out. I love the feel of playing with Steve Clayton picks. Besides, I use them as my business card,with my AriMendes.com printed on it. And last but not least, their prices are so good, I give away picks at every concert or workshop that I play, no fear! Thanks and Godspeed, keep up the good work!”
Ari Mendes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started working as a studio/live performance musician since the age of 16, and also as a Producer and recording engineer with many top artists, such as Ney Matogrosso, Leila Pinheiro, Evandro Mesquita, Erasmo Carlos, Antonio Adolfo, Angela Ro Ro, Sandra Sa, The Globo Network, just to name a few. He also produced many syndicated TV shows and soundtracks, jingles, spots, voice overs, etc. (Armacao Ilimitada, Roque Santeiro, Juba e Lula, etc. ) and in1989 was a finalist at the prestigious “Sharp Award”, regarded as being the Brazilian Grammy. He moved to Boston later in 1989, where he built his first recording studio, formerly known as Amenstudio, now named Ari Mendes Productions, AMP. He was also the creator of the trailblazer “Amazonas Band”, the very first Brazilian band in New England, and a leader in the Boston music scene. Ever since, he’s produced and performed with many artists in the Boston/New York /Florida circuit, including Joe Match, Alfredo Cardim, Angelia Bell, Frank Gambale, Jetro da Silva, New Revelation, Odette Ernest Dias, too many to mention. He was the music coordinator and the main performer for the Brazil 500 years celebration, promoted by the Brazilian Consulate in Boston. In 2003, he was invited to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Astrodome in Houston, TX solo guitar for 50.000 people.(You Tube Ari Mendes/Star Spangled Banner), an unforgettable moment. Please check it out… Shows at Harvard, Museum of Fine Arts, Foxboro Stadium, The Fenway Park, Boston College, MIT, UMass, The Brasilian Consulate, Berklee School of Music, etc. His record label, AMP, and his state-of-the art studio are a “go-to” place, known and used by artists from around the world, offering not only the best equipment and sound quality, but also a knowledgeable and friendly staff ( everyone is a musician), confortable facilities, and honest and low key support in the publishing, marketing, distribution, copyright and career guidance areas . The studio and the music school are located in Everett, MA. The perfect creative environment for musicians and artists, in New England’s cultural center, best food, nightlife and hotels. Ari Mendes is an accomplished guitar, bass and percussion player, at home with many styles of music, including Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Latin, and Classical music. He’s also a recording, mixing and mastering studio engineer, and vintage Pro audio, microphones, and guitars connoisseur and collector since the good old analog devices…. Being also very active on the Florida’s cultural scene, Ari Mendes played at prestigious venues such as Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago Club with his Jazz trio for many years, The Breakers Hotel, Tradition and City Place, and Jazz festivals such as the Riverwalk Jazz, Zorafest, Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival, Fort Pierce Mardi Grass, just to name a few. He’s also a newsletter writer for the Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast. Ari’s main passion is guitars, music production and motivational speaking, teaching and demonstrating Healing through the Physics behind music and sounds His band, The “Ari Mendes Experience”, performs at theaters, clubs, churches, prisons, institutions, corporate events, bringing in a mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, Latin, Classical and Gospel music. And the healing and Peace that comes with it. He also teaches Guitar, Music Perception, Audio and MIDI Engineering, Film Scoring and Recording Arts at his school in Somerville, MA.