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Interview With Nashville Artist, Amanda Stone

Nashville Artist Amanda Stone is serving up songs that are playful, catchy, modern and ALL her own.

She teases elements of dynamic art pop, pulsing club music, unyielding punk and warm ‘60s nostalgia.

Above all else, Stone loves a good hook. Her proclivity for infectious melodies and artistic authenticity lead her and producer Gregory Lattimer (Aaron Lee Tasjan, Albert Hammond Jr) to craft music that is as fun to savor on the dancefloor as it is for them to create. She fearlessly explores the many different shades of her personality and brings new-fashioned vibrancy and old-fashioned influences to all aspects of her creative process. Stylized music videos and an ever-evolving image are her signature.

Bridge: Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene?

AS: At 17 I joined a punk band of men all in their mid 20’s… I lied about my age, as to not freak them out. It was a Nico in The Velvets type situation. I sang (something I had always been terrified to do), and began to write my first songs. Fortunately, I already had a fake ID so I could play at 21+ clubs. Two years of booking and playing shows, I made some friends in this scene. As bands often do, it imploded. At this time I was estranged from my family, and had already blown off college. My life seemed to come to an abrupt halt. In hindsight, it was the real beginning. I realized I needed to teach myself to play guitar, write my own music, and establish my own band.

Bridge: What are you doing to push a positive narrative as an artist and with your music?

AS: The music and the art is up to the interpretation of the listener, or viewer… I’m not aiming to push a narrative. The music and the visual representation has been an exploration. Different versions of myself I get to share with an audience. If I’m to share a personal narrative in this answer it would be: Do the work. Treat people well along the way. 

Bridge: Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful to your music making process?

AS: Trying to write something every day. It doesn’t always happen. I’ll have dry spells of being dominated by all the other things. When I get on a streak though… Something exciting always happens. Reading would be close second. 

Bridge: Could you talk about an UP you had in your career?

AS: Right now. Where anything feels possible. 

Bridge: Could you talk about a DOWN you had in your career?

AS: Yesterday. Where nothing felt possible. 

Bridge: How do you think your experience has helped you shape your career and approach your music?

AS: Continuous evolution. 

Bridge: How did you develop your community of fans over the years?

AS: Playing shows, making friends, aiming to use social media as a resource while separating myself from it at the same time. I’ve been obstinate in a lot of ways, but it is an undeniable tool.

Bridge: Talk to us about your latest single. What was the drive behind releasing the single? 

AS: My latest single, “Candy Baby” felt like evolution. The sound! I’m proud of this one. My producer, Gregory Lattimer and I wrote this together. He is electric. Making this song felt electric. Just wait until you hear what’s next.

L.D. Brandon
L.D. Brandon is the Assistant Editor for Bridge Music Magazine. He is based in Dallas, Texas.

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