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Interview with Amanda Duncan

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1. How did you first begin to get into music and why?

Well, I've been singing ever since I was a little girl. I had my first solo in 5th grade singing "It's My Party". I think it's something that has always been in me. I picked up the guitar when I was a junior in high school and started writing songs (that were pretty bad....haha!). I think the reason I started playing guitar was that I wanted to be able to sing something that came from me. I was tired of singing along with the radio. Karaoke is fun, but just didn't cut it. Then once I started playing guitar I realized how much I wanted to learn how to play every instrument! So far I play guitar, mandolin, and banjo. I think piano might be next.

2. When you write, what comes first melody or lyrics?

Melody...always the melody that comes first for me. I am constantly humming melodies that I make up in my head when I'm showering or in the car driving around. I always have to find my phone to record my ideas so I don't loose them. Lyrics..::sigh::...they are always the hardest part for me. I want my lyrics to be clever and cohesive as a concept. I tend to ask fellow musicians that I respect what they think of my lyrics when I'm writing a song. I think a song needs a second opinion in order for it to be complete. It's a "2 heads are better than 1" kind of thing.

3. If you had $2 million dollars, what would you do?

Holy moley! That is a great question to even think about! Haha! I would buy a house...my own house with a recording studio in it. Does that sound dorky? I can't help it. I wouldn't buy a insanely big house. Just something that was homey and probably not worthy of the show MTV "Cribs". I would have pullout coaches to have friends over and would buy more dvds and board games to entertain guests. I probably would buy something nice for my family, too. Haha...since they have been so supportive with me and my music. I also promised my grandparents their own personal supermarket one day. I need to get moving on that. Ok, now where is my 2 mill? I'm ready to start spending. Hehe.

4. If you can...tell us about your new EP.

Yes!!! I'm so so so excited about this EP. I have no idea what I should name it. So, it might be "self-entitled". This will be my first legit CD. My friend, Joanna Burns, produced it. It took about a year to make because there were certain roadblocks (i.e. me having a sinus infection for 5 months...which resulted in me not being able to record vocals.) But even a year later I'm still proud of it. My buddy, Phil Bensen, sang a duet with me on one of the songs. The song is really cute. It has banjo and clarinet and just our vocals. It's really simple and I think that is what makes it great. I also think our voices blend nicely. I can't wait to share this EP with everyone I know.

5. What's your favorite place to perform?

Wow, that is a great question. I don't know if I have a particular venue that I enjoy playing the most, but I think my favorite way to play is completely unplugged. I feel I perform the best without a sound system. Whether it be in someone's living room or a student center at a college....I just love it. It provides a really cool and personal environment. I wish I had a chance to do that more.

6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Man...every time someone asks me this it makes me realize how much of a "in the now person" I have become. However, I have really really big aspirations. I just want to be able to make decent living with my music. And in doing that, I want people to connect with me personally as well as my music. Ok, back on track..I think in 5 years I'll be touring with national acts, touring colleges, and hopefully will be working on my 3rd or 4th album. I don't know if a label is a part of my future. I think if a label signed me they would say to themselves "Now, what are we gonna do with this strange little girl?" Haha! But you never know. I'd be more than happy to have a faithful underground following that allows me to do what I love.

7. What's your favorite thing about performing?

My favorite thing is seeing the fun that the audience is having. When I perform I want to make the listeners happy. That is what I live for! I want people to be singing along and boppin' their heads.

8. If you could be one kind of candy what would it be and why?

I would be a king sized Snickers bar because it has a bit of everything. It has chocolate...people love chocolate. It has nougat...and "nougat" is a fun word to say. It has nuts...I'm nuts. And finally it has caramel...I don't have anything clever to say about caramel. Sorry.

9. Who is your favorite artist at the moment?

My favorite artist is Eric Hutchinson. His album "Sounds Like This" is amazing. His songwriting style has a lot of variety and he has kick-booty voice. I played a show with him this past September and I am praying to the stars that I will have the opportunity to share the stage with him again. He is touring a whole lot these days and getting bigger by the minute...keep your fingers crossed for me. In the meantime, check him out www.erichutchinson.com

10. Anything you want to say to your fans?

Well, first and foremost, THANK YOU! I am so appreciative to anyone who takes the time to send me a message/comment/wall post and let me know they like my music. I always want to be an approachable person when it comes to my fans. If you want to have me perform at your school or house...feel free to contact me and we can see what we can work out. I hope that you are having a great 2009 and keep your minds open to new music.

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