Dazed And Confused

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Dazed And Confused, Amanda Warner (of MNDR) appeared out of nowhere in early 2010, appearing as a guest alongside Q-Tip on the single warhead Bang Bang Bang’s third album from Mark Ronson, Record Collection.

A self-proclaimed gear-heads she met Ronson while working on her next studio album debut full-length clean.

The song was played everywhere, and since then, Warner has been a bit all over the internet, attracting the attention of the international taste-making rags like The Fader and Dazed & Confused, and can be seen on chatting online with the likes of Duran Duran, Nick Rhodes.

How to work with all these artists affected your own music making, if any?

I’ve always been someone who enjoyed the collaborative process. Whenever I write with other artists and playing with other musicians, whether in a noise / jam experimental writing in the studio, I try to find a place where we all communicate without use of words and get to a place where we all react to the process. I think you’ll be able to hear many influences, but I work hard so that these influences through the filter and transcend into something that is my sound. But I will not be rapping. Nobody wants to hear it, I promise you.

Sometimes you play and do your own material and seem to refer to many punk bands on your blog. How this approach DIY punk / you affect the extent of work in electronic music right?

Well, I think the DIY philosophy. He demolishes the false walls and mountains that we create in our minds that prevent us from seeing things through. I want to address things I can do myself. If I want to make beats, synths program to produce and weld a receiver, I can do myself. I cannot always go where I wanted to go at first, but it goes somewhere. It is the process that brings me more happiness. I always have to keep doing and doing, even just a few clicks and fuzz. I’ve always been a part of my local punk / experimental / DIY scene in every town I lived in. It is a great way to make friends and become part of a community. I also like doing things for no reason. It is so inspiring in the communities of tinkering just throws shows and does things for the sake of doing them. That really takes the rest of the equation.

You have to interview Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, a man most girls at some point would have given their lives to be in a room with. Who was your adolescent attachment?

I wish I had met David Byrne, David Bowie, and Bj rk, Tina Weymouth, BBs In Toyland -? So many people. They were not sexual crushes, but I liked everything they did and everything they did. I collected all of their music and obsessed over every inch of their records – which produced, which has played – like a total nerd.

Are you asking a favor in return for your first album? Will we see collaborators or appearances?

Ladies never know.

Would you be raised in rural Fargo, North Dakota, affects your eyes on the crazy experiences you have today?

I am a farm girl. I spent countless hours in complete isolation. I grew up in the less populated and the coldest of the lower 48. Our farm has been in my family for five generations of Swedish heritage. The music was the way we communicate and celebrate. We’ve had amps, guitars, bass, piano and a small 4-track reel to reel in our basement. I lived there and really just had days to get into my brain and listen and make music. A lot of loneliness, but I never felt alone. Growing up it makes life easier on the road. Touring and live musician’s life can be lonely sometimes, but as you live in a town or a farm family.

How important it is for you as an electronic musician to make music that works on an emotional level rather than on the dance floor?

In my mind, I’m just making music. Right now I hear music made by instruments that I am in charge of their sound. I want to unlock the intricacies of machinery and try to get into the minds of humans who designed it. For me, electronic music is not just for dance floors. It’s just another way to emote and try to connect with people. The reason why I gravitate to synthesizers and sound design is that I can do all levels of emotional production, how the shot drum sounds. But make no mistake. Honestly, I want to bring down a club too heavy rumble.


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