Blackstratblues is guitarist, composer and record producer Warren Mendonsa’s solo project.
Mendonsa was born on 12 September 1979 in Bombay. He picked up the guitar at the age of five. He grew up playing the guitar with friends Siddharth Coutto and Girish ‘Bobby’ Talwar and in 1997-98 formed the band, Zero, with Rajeev Talwar on vocals.
He was with Zero till 2005 when he moved to Auckland, New Zealand. With Zero he recorded three albums “Albummed” (1999), “Hook” (2002) and “Procrastination” (2005). Some of his popular work outside of Zero is “Christmas in July”, “Spitleaf” and “Evil”, all of which have been popular online.
Blackstratblues debuted with the album, “Nights in Shining Karma” in 2007 which was released as a free digital-only download. The next offering was “The New Album” which came out in 2009. He has also worked on film soundtracks as a session guitarist and recording engineer.