Amanda Duncan

13th Annual Poster Nominee
13th Annual Music Website Nominee
12th Annual Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Winner
11th Annual Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Winner
10th Annual Acoustic Song Winner
10th Annual Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Nominee
9th Annual Love Song Nominee

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Record Label: Self-Released

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12th Annual:
Home Base: Jersey Shore, NJ

Genre: Folk Pop

Categories Entered: Holiday

Work Submitted: “Light Those Candles Bright”

Artists Featured: Amanda Duncan

Who are your influences?: I would have to say that I’m influenced by the way music makes me feel. I listen to a lot of 1940s music. I feel like everything they recorded back then was a beautiful piece of art. One microphone in the middle of the room and if you did a bad take, you did it over again. No computers to help fix mistakes. Ok…tangent. To be specific, I love The Andrew Sisters, The Dixie Chicks, Stevie Wonder, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joanna Burns, and my band members.

Describe your nominated work: “Light Those Candles Bright” is a holiday song about Hanukkah. All of my Jewish friends would complain about how there aren’t enough good Hanukkah songs. I wanted to remedy those feelings and “Light Those Candles Bright” was the result.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: This isn’t necessarily an unusual effect or instrument, but I was able to get over 20 of my friends together to sing the big gang vocals/harmonies on the song.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to happen during the instrument break down. I was in the studio by myself with an electric guitar…which never ever happens. Haha! But after playing around a bit I came up with the call and answer parts between the electric guitar and piano. It’s one of my favorite parts of the song.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: This song is on my Amanda Duncan’s Holiday Classics EP. I paid for this project out of pocket. I have a decent studio setup so I was able to do a handful of it on my own. All those years geeking out with Pro Tools are really paying off.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: I have been submitting my songs to the IMAs for years now. In fact, this is my 4th year being nominated for an IMA. I had submitted the other 2 songs from my holiday EP and they were both nominated. I was hoping to go 3 for 3 by submitting this one. I also figured that a Hanukkah song might stick out a bit. Hahaha! I’m pretty stoked that each song on my holiday EP has been be nominated for an IMA.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Success is having a sustainable career via doing something you love. There have been moments where I’ve reached this, but those moments are short lived. I know that I’ve achieved this success when I can go on a vacation and not freak out about not getting paid for a week. ::sigh::

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: I’ll get to put on my press kit that I’ve been nominated 5 times for an IMA and I won two years in a row. The IMAs have a great name for themselves. When I tell people in the industry my achievements with the IMAs they usually say something along the lines of “Wow, that is great. That’s a good contest to receive recognition from.” It’s not a popularity contest. The people selecting the winners don’t have a clue who I am….and that’s what I love about it.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: I have to say the people who are sitting in my audience are just genuinely nice happy people.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Guilty pleasure on the road? Hmmmm. To be honest, I just like finding mom and pop shops. There is only so much Applebee’s and Chilis a girl can take.

Who are your musical heroes & influences?: I would have to say that I love Dave Grohl. I’m sure that isn’t the first time his name was used as an answer to this question. I just love him. He is so true to who he is and what he wants his music to be. It’s really inspiring. He also has a killer sense of humor, too.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Pretty much any song that has enough royalties to enable me to lay on a beach the rest of my life.

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I listen to a lot of classic rock. It’s my dad’s fault.

How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I listen to Spotify all the time. Guilty as charged, but I tend to look at the “Related Artists” of the artists I listen to…and I’ve discovered some amazing music. It’s like a breathe of fresh air being able to find new music again.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: Good question. Different genres make money in different ways. Heavy metal bands do really well with touring, while singer-songwriters can make out pretty well with house concerts. I’m crossing my fingers that someone…anyone will want to license my music and people will be sick of hearing my voice in commercials.

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: They think that you can just audition for The Voice, X Factor or American Idol and go straight to fame. It’s all reality tv…which is totally scripted. It’s not real. Even when you try to explain to people it’s not real they still want to believe that an average guy can make it big. That is how reality tv people rope you in. The artists are manufactured and it’s all a load of bologna…or crap. You choose.

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I think that it’s necessary for an artist to eventually take the time to do a full album. After that EPs and singles are totally the future. The more affordable future.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is…a really lumpy uncomfortable bed that I need to cover with some memory foam. I’m pretty sure that only makes sense in my own head. Bahaha!

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I am going to be recording my first full length album this summer. I’m finishing up a few more songs and finalizing pre-production. I can’t wait to for the world to hear these songs in their fully produced state. Besides the album I have a youtube project that I’ll be diving into really soon. I’ll be playing my music and vlogging (aka video logging). It’s going to show my journey of becoming a better musician and better me.

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