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Interview with an Artist: Daniel Amedee

This month I had the opportunity to speak with New Orleans-based urban-folk artist Daniel Amedee. Amedee has released multiple albums and toured Ireland, England, Canada, and the United States. His music mixes sounds and beats that have a meditative quality to them but somehow still capture the edge of urban life. But don’t take it from me: sample his song, “Everything Will Change” on his SoundCloud. His upcoming EP of the same title is set to be released February 2, 2016.

MM: Who are your musical influences?

DA: There’s so many! The ones I see the most in my music are Fela, Jonsi (Sigur Ros), and Biffy
Clyro. But I listen to all different kinds of music and I find I’ll be into something for a week, write
a song that’s in that vein and then move on.

MM: What did you listen to growing up as a kid?

DA: I grew up in New Orleans so I was surrounded by music.  My parent’s introduced me to Bruce
Springsteen, U2, The Beatles, Dr. John, etc… at a young age and then as I got older I was in
the punk scene listening to NOFX, Blink-182, and the like.  Then after that the world opened up
and I started listening to anything and everything I could find.

MM: Where do you get inspiration for your lyrics? Your music?

DA: Life and people.  There’s a lot of inspiration in what it means to be human.  I love all people with
their faults and belief systems and ways of being.  The ways we are free and the ways we are
stuck.  I find great inspiration in people.

MM: What’s your musical background?

DA: I started out playing percussion and then started playing bass and guitar at around the same
time.  I was on the drum line in high school and played bass in a punk band at the same time.

MM: What are your instruments?

DA: Guitar, bass, and percussion.  I’ve got minimal ability on a few other instruments but I really only regularly play those three.

MM: What are your plans after this album?

DA: We’ve actually just finished recording the follow up EP and I’ll be on tour to promote “Everything Will Change” starting mid-February.  I’m also playing shows all over the US and Canada this year.  The full list of dates can be found on my website.

MM: If you were stranded on an island with only one album (and a way to play it), which album would you bring?

DA: Right now I would say Go by Jonsi.  I can always find inspiration in that record and it lifts my
spirits.

MM: How old were you when you started learning music, and how did you get into it?

DA: I started banging on drums in my parent’s garage around 5th or 6th grade, I can’t remember
exactly.  They had a CD player system and I would put on an album, turn it up really loud and
bang away to it.  I can’t imagine how horrendous that sounded, ha!

MM: What advice do you have for young musicians looking to “make it” in the music industry?

DA: Don’t stop.  Everyone I’ve met in the industry has been a fantastic person obsessed with music
wanting nothing more than to help artists get their music out there.  Play shows, follow
opportunities, keep writing and be easy on yourself.

MM: Anything else you’d like to share?

DA: My new EP, “Everything Will Change,” is coming out February 2nd and I’ll be on tour for most of
the year playing shows all over the US and Canada. Come say hi!

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