Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
This is a good question, and I will honestly never have an answer. I guess I am a piece of an even larger puzzle. But sometimes I believe there is no puzzle at all. I think I am Sacha Mendel, but I create as Alexander Bright (my band name). I feel like I am caught in a chase. I think that I am one step short of the answer to the question: who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I spend my nights writing songs and am currently recording my first group of songs. During the day I host at the restaurant 15 East and study full-time at New School: Eugene Lang.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
Many people ask me this. Once when I was eating with friends at a restaurant, the waiter stopped and stared at me when taking my order. He then asked me, “what are you and where are you from?” I’m Eurasian, but it tends to confuse people. I was born in L.A. and raised in New York City. I come from a multicultural background; My father is from Paris and my mother is from Taiwan. I am one of seven children. I know, what a big lovely family I have, but most of the time it is lovely. Anyway, I think I know where I am going; I am joyfully skipping along the road to love. If there is anything I’ve learned in my naive 18 years of life, it is that where I think I am going is never truly where I am going.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My biggest hero is a hybrid of many people: my dad Gilles Mendel, my stepdad Peter Mui, Lou Reed, and Serge Gainsbourg. Why? My father is such an inspiration as an artist. He also supports me, loves me, and listens to my music. Peter Mui was such a giving man who took me to many concerts. He is responsible for immersing me into the art of music. Lou Reed? Do I even have to explain? And Serge Gainsbourg? Not only is he the coolest, classiest, person ever. He is the image of the charmer I dream to be.
5: What book is your bible?
My bible book would probably be Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbols. I am fascinated by the unconscious mind. Analyzing dreams and experiences locked in our unconsciousness can give a person a completely new outlook; it can also open doors to experiences that once made that person cringe.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love to read and write. When I need a break from this I people watch from my window. I also have a secret love affair with fashion- it runs in the family. I hate stuck up people, unless they are interestingly stuck up. But that is really hard to define.
7: What is your raison d’être?
My reason for being is to inspire someone else like The Smiths have inspired me.
8: What is your favorite color?
I would have to go with blue. I love blue shirts, wintry skies, and I feel blue all the time.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Iron Man. He is smooth, classy, and saves the world. Out of his suit he is the charmer that everyone either dreams or envies, but as Iron Man he is indestructible.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
As a coffee fanatic I will have to say Ground Support in Soho. Their coffee is amazing and so is their prosciutto sandwich. There is a park bench inside the coffee shop facing the window where I always sit. When I sit there, I feel as if I am outside, but I am actually in the coffee shop. They also play great music like The Cure. It’s just a great place.
11: What turns you on?
People who are ambitious, and who can can talk about quantum physics and neurobiology as easily as the weather. Good looks help too, but I like engaging in nerdy conversations, they inspire me.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What contemporary bands do you listen to? Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of contemporary British indie music. I love Arctic Monkeys, the Vaccines, White Lies, The Editors, and Mystery Jets.
Sacha Mendel, a young inspiration has been putting together his first EP as Alexander Bright alongside band member Darren Musatto and producer Paul Megna. Sacha Mendel began his journey writing songs in the middle of the night when he couldn’t sleep. After a hundred restless nights, Sacha composed a hundred songs. Always looking sharp, he studies literature at the New School College Eugene Lang and engages in side projects as his music career commences. Sacha Mendel is a driven dreamer.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Chloe Mendel
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Sacha Mendel, 2012, Photography by Chloe Mendel