TEACHER OF THE WEEK - Topher Miguel Rodriguez!!!
RiverCity Rock Star Academy Teacher
Bass, Guitar, Drums, and Vocals (Clean and Metal)
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
I started playing bass guitar when I was age 14. My influence for playing is that it’s a great career and my passion takes me to all sorts of different states and countries!
What is/are your favorite song(s) you’ve help direct at RiverCity?
I’d say my favorites so far have been ‘Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)’ by the Deftones and ‘Creeping Death’ by Metallica.
What do you like about RiverCity?
I love the sense of community and that the youth can take away all sorts of skills and life lessons.
What are your favorite bands/artists right now?
Poison the Well, Toe, Radiohead, Deftones, and Charles Mingus.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Always be practicing. Push yourself and break your limits. Learn as much as possible and learn as many styles as you can.
What’s something unique or funny about you?
I’m a huge Godzilla fanatic. And I build and rebuild guitars and bass guitars.
What things do you do when you’re not at RiverCity?
I ride my bike a lot, I play Magic the Gathering as often as I can, I go to the movies often, I build and repair guitars and bass guitars, and I also work at The Space Concert Club as a sous chef.
Topher is available for guitar, bass, drum, or vocal (clean or metal) lessons. He’s also available for guitar and bass repairs. Contact RiverCity to schedule your free trial lesson and tour.