Amanda Jayne – Interview

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Amanda Jayne is a singer/songwriter who is ready to take her music to the next level.  Music and performing has been in her blood ever since she picked up her father’s guitar as a child, and now after an already successful debut album release, Amanda is ready to record and release new material. “Bruising pt II” is the latest single from the Long Island songstress, which is a reworking and development of the original track “Bruising” from her first album “Strike A Match.” The accompanying video sees Amanda comforting her four heartbroken friends, as she travels with their emotions in one continuous shot.  Being in the early stages of her music career I took a moment to find out more about Amanda, her music and aspirations.

Hello! Please could you tell me a little bit about yourself, who or what got you interested in music, and how you came to be a singer/songwriter?

Hi! My name is Amanda Jayne and I’m a singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York (the suburbs of NYC). I’ve been writing songs for about eight years now and playing live/recording for four. I decided to become a singer-songwriter because writing music was the best way to express my emotions as a teenager. Everyone has that angst-y period, and music helped me cope with it. I picked up my dad’s guitar, strummed a chord, and the rest is history!

How would you describe your music, and where do you take your inspiration from when writing your songs?

I say my genre is singer-songwriter/pop. That label encompasses the fact that my music is structured like pop but contains the authenticity of a singer-songwriter. My songs typically have memorable choruses and I use vocal harmonies often. The music’s complexity lies in the lyricism. When writing, I take inspiration from my own experiences. Many times, real-life conversations I’ve had make their way into lyrics. Having this honesty makes the songs feel more valuable to me and more personal to the listener.

What’s the story behind your latest single ‘Bruising pt. II’ and was it written through personal experiences?

“Bruising pt. II” is a reworking of my song “Bruising” that was on my last album Strike a Match. The original “Bruising” was quite simple, and I felt that the song would be better if it had more production on it (like a pop song would). I also added new lyrics to create a bridge. The process took about a year from rewriting to release. This song’s about a former love interest of mine who felt that he couldn’t commit to a relationship. In my mind, he didn’t value me and didn’t care that he was toying with my emotions.

Who did you work with for the accompanying video for the single, and where did the shoot take place?

Jolil Ullah from Vacant Eye shot the video, and I had four wonderful friends, Lindsey Smith, Cissy Ge, Khairika Al Sinani, and Jessica DiPaola play the four different characters. The shoot took place at the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, which is where artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner once lived. It was a great experience, and I think the aesthetic of the video fits the song well.

What instruments do you play, and are you the one playing them in your songs?

The guitar is my main instrument, but I can play a bit of piano, bass, and ukulele as well. Studio work is a collaborative effort for my music, so it depends on the song! For “Bruising pt. II,” I played the piano part because I had written and practiced it. But, my friend Christopher Reilly was in the studio with me that day and nailed the guitar part. On Strike a Match, Chris and I tossed around the instruments so much that I couldn’t tell you who played what!

How are you finding the response to your music so far?

So far it’s been good! Many of my friends are incredibly supportive of what I do and try to help when they can. I haven’t picked up too much of a following yet, but I hope to in the coming years!

Could you tell me about your writing process? Being a solo artist, do you have anyone to bounce ideas from, or do you just know when a song feels ready?

Usually, an idea for a lyric or melody line hits me. I’ll jot it down, and when I can, I’ll sit with the guitar or the piano and flesh it out. While writing, the lyrics and melodies tend to come to my brain simultaneously. There are pros and cons to writing alone, though. I don’t have to agree with anyone about what goes into the song, but at the same time, it’s easy to run out of ideas or get stuck. I enjoy collaborating with other songwriters, and sometimes the product I get with a co-write is a million times better than what I could have accomplished alone.

How do you feel you’ve developed as an artists over the years?

Yes! I think I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve been working on my voice consistently and I’ve felt a huge improvement there. I’ve spent a lot of time practicing music and diving into the craft of songwriting. Also, my influences have shifted from pop/rock to R&B/ indie, so the type of music I make has changed a bit.

What are your plans for the year? Can we expect another album release, and do you have any live dates lined up?

My plan for 2018 is to get started on recording another project. I have a bunch of songs that are ready to get produced, so you’ll be hearing some new originals in the near future! These songs are going to be the best ones yet.

What other artists are you listening to at the moment, and do you have any recommendations?

I’m so glad you asked this! I love sharing music. Recently, I’ve been listening to Jess Best, Isaac LeSage, and Verhoog. Drax Project is always a favorite, and I can’t wait for Kimbra’s new album!

Connect with Amanda Jayne via her Website, Facebook and Twitter.