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INTERVIEW: Amanda Sadler

Hi Amanda, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks so much! Busy pretty much sums it up, but for me busy equals happy, so I couldn’t be in a better place to kick off 2017!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drop The Needle Down”?

“Drop the Needle Down” was the result of a collaboration with the incredible Patricia Conroy and Dave “Dwave” Thomson. I couldn’t have asked for two more amazing co-writers, and I knew within the first ten minutes of the writing process that I would be recording the song as a single. I was fortunate enough to have Dwave involved from start to finish, as he produced the single as well. His vision to bring the song to life was everything I imagined and more, and I couldn’t stop smiling from the moment I heard the first mix.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I’ve always loved the idea that a song can become a memory in itself, and that it can become so encompassing of a person, a place, or a moment. “Drop the Needle Down” was written to reflect exactly that: a snapshot in time where a person and a song can become your whole world, and in that moment, everything else just fades away. There is certainly a romantic nostalgia to it that Dwave, Patricia and I all connected with in the writing process.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

My debut music video premieres January 20th for “Drop the Needle Down.” I worked with Tim Deegan on this project, who had such an incredible vision for the video, and who’s work I’ve admired for quite some time. Tim’s work captures the essence of the song perfectly, and I’m over the moon to share it.

How was the recording and writing process?

Working with Dwave and Patricia on this single was an absolute dream come true. From co-writing the single with both of them, to having Dwave produce it, I couldn’t have asked for a better team. This collaboration was a bit of a game changer for me, as it allowed me to really find my groove both as an artist and songwriter. I couldn’t be more thrilled that my new material, especially “Drop The Needle Down” is the epitome of my vision for my sound and my music.

What was it like to work with John D. Willis and how did that relationship develop? How much did he get to influence your EP The Light?

I’ve learned so much from every person I’ve worked with, and John was no exception. John is the first person I ever met and worked with in Nashville, and I am beyond grateful to have learned so much from his incredible talent and expertise when I was recording my EP The Light back in 2014.

I never stop being amazed at what an incredible process it is to be a part of, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped me to craft my sound and my music along the way, notably Patricia Conroy and Dave “Dwave” Thomson, who worked with me on my new single “Drop The Needle Down.” Each person involved in the creation of my music has brought something so special to the process, and to say that I’m grateful for their talents and collaboration would be such an understatement.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The release of “Drop the Needle Down” very much reflects a turning point for me as both an artist and songwriter, and my new material is exactly on point with the vision I had for my sound and my music. I can promise that there will be lots more music on the way to your ears in the very near future that I’m equally as passionate about. I can’t give away too many more details yet, but I can promise that there is much more on the way!

Any plans to hit the road?

Why yes, in fact I’m currently writing to you from an airplane on my way to Vancouver, the first stop on my cross-country Canadian radio tour to promote “Drop the Needle Down.” I’ll be making my way from BC all the way back to Ontario, with various radio, television, and performance stops along the way, and I couldn’t be more excited to get out and see everyone.

What else is happening next in Amanda Sadler’s world?

I plan to keep the ball rolling! I’ll be doing a ton of writing in 2017, I have recording plans in the works, and you can count on me releasing some more new music that I’m incredibly excited about – stay tuned!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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