A description of the event and an interview with the winner!
Mock Rock was an incredible event in which students showed off their lip-syncing and dancing abilities. The event involved both individual and group performances. From performing an entire storyline based on Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License,” to coming out of the stage and throwing wigs at the audience, the performances varied. All participants gave an amazing performance, but only one person took home the cash prize!
The Mock Rock winner was the “21st Century Pirate,” otherwise known as Jesus Alexander Gomez. He performed “Dance Apocalyptic” by Janelle Monáe. Jesus wanted to perform this song since his sophomore year in high school, but he decided that this year, at FPU, was the right time. Considering the state of the world, Jesus wanted to perform a song that gave off the idea of “dancing until the end.” Overall, it took Jesus about three weeks to practice for the performance. The process involved settling on a song, practicing in front of a mirror, and sending videos to his friends for feedback. Given the fact that he created the entire performance himself, it is impressive that it only took him three weeks to nail the performance onstage!
During the performance, audience members commented that Jesus gave off Johnny Depp vibes. Despite the fact that he may have given off that impression to the audience, he was not actually inspired by Johnny Depp’s “Jack Sparrow.” In fact, Jesus was thinking of a “future anarchist” when building his persona. When I mentioned to him that he gave off “V for Vendetta” vibes, Jesus admitted that he was inspired by the character. Ultimately, however, Jesus’s character was an original persona rather than an imitation.
Moving on from his performance, it was announced that the contestants were competing for $400. So, what is Jesus planning to spend his money on? Like many other people, Jesus loves iced coffee, iced tea, and boba. As a college student, he can not really afford that all the time, so he is planning on taking advantage of the money to treat himself.
Besides the monetary prize, Jesus had the desire to participate in Mock Rock since his freshman year at FPU. He loves to perform, but he had not performed for six years before the event. As a result, he felt like he would have regretted not performing at the event. This performance, however, will likely not be the end of the “21st Century Pirate.” Although he did not give much detail, Jesus hinted at possibly incorporating this persona into other works, such as a character in a novel!
Written By: Saraleim Mozqueda Saldana | Editor
Graphic by: Saraleim Mozqueda Saldana