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My name is Amanda and I am an artist, filmmaker, visualist and writer. I wear a lot of hats but generally the medium of moving image is where I play.
Describe your style in 3 words?
Blackout, edgy, woman
What does the Fred Perry Shirt mean to you?
Having worked with Fred Perry over the past few years, the brand spikes an aura of comfort and familiarity to me and reminds me of all the great people I’ve met through FP. People who share similar interests in alternative music and culture. When I wear the shirt, I am reminded of positive vibes.
When did you first dabble in the creative field?
I guess I’ve never not been creative. I was always trying to relate a visual story to the outside world. Whether it was doodling on whiteboards as a kid, making <marquee>Geocities websites</marquee> as a preteen, or VJing as an adult, I have always been interested in creating something to be seen.
What inspires your work?
Inspiration is a tricky word for me. I think I make my work by sheer will and brute force. If I waited for inspiration to strike, I’d never get anything done. If I had to say, then it would be the arduous experience of life.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk. Hip-hop. Dadaism.
Best song to end an all-nighter?
4’33”, John Cage is my fancy way of saying, after long night of music or any activity, I like silence.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Jesus. Seriously. Or Sylvia Plath. Jesus or Sylvia Plath.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I love Grimes and everything she stands for. Her interviews and honesty inspires me. She once spoke about how as a female electronic musician, even after commercial success, still gets snubbed by male technicians sometimes, and how she deals with that. She also talked about suffering from imposter syndrome. I enjoyed reading about how someone so successful still has the same problems we do. That I do.
A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
I dunno. My friends know I have 2 sides of me. So I can be into lots of things super alternative but also spend a week listening to Miley Cyrus… so…
Banks – Contaminated
Fave song of her new album. Cos life is filled with miserable contamination. Am I brooding?
Sevdaliza – Human
Reminder you are a person!
Toro Y Moi – Monte Carlo (feat. WET)
Just went for his gig and I have his new album on repeat so yeah. But I also like how he sounds weirdly mumble rappy in this yet… he’s still Toro Y Moi haha.
Twin Shadow – Bombs Away (RLP)
Vibes. Twin Shadow makes me feel like a teenager again even though I didn’t listen to anything like what he made as a teen. It just has that vibe.
Alt-J, Tuka – House of the Rising Sun
Obsessed with this remake of a classic song.
London Grammar – Bitter Sweet Symphony
On the topic of covers, here’s another remake of this classic. Loved both this and the previous originals and loving the remake.
Lucy Rose – Nebraska
My partner introduced me to Lucy Rose and London Grammar. So these 2 are a little <3 for him in the playlist.
DJ Koze, Kurt Wagner – Muddy Funster
Pretty and fleeting. Read lyrics.
Caribou - Can’t do without you
Cos I can’t.
Nosaj Thing, Chance the Rapper – Cold Stares
Nosaj + Chance. Yes.
XXXTENTACION – SAD!
Brockhampton – J’OUVERT
I was finding a way to go from the earlier soft songs to rap just so I could put Brockhampton in, just sayin’. Also, this song is appropriately aggro for the state of things in the world now.
Miley Cyrus – Dooo It!
COS I HAD TO. Also, the music video for this is ace.