What is your name?
My name is Amanda Jayne.
What is your genre of music?
I classify myself as singer-songwriter/pop.
Give us a little bio about you.
Hi! My name is Amanda Jayne and I am a singer-songwriter from Long Island, New York
(the suburbs of NYC). I’ve been writing songs for about eight years and recording and
performing for four years. I released my first single/video called “One” in 2015 and my debut LP Strike a Match in 2016. My music is for fans of Ingrid Michaelson, Kimbra, and Lily Allen.
Are you signed?
I am an independent artist as of now!
Your new single and video has been released ‘Bruising pt. II’, tell us more about it them?
Yes! I have a new single called “Bruising pt. II,” which is a reworking of my song
“Bruising” from Strike a Match. The original “Bruising” was made to be very stripped down, but I thought the song had more potential as a pop song. I added more lyrics and more production
onto the song to create “Bruising pt. II”! The video was filmed at the Pollock-Krasner House in
East Hampton, which is where artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner once lived.
What was the writing process like?
The first “Bruising” was written in 2015, and I remember that the lyrics just poured out of
me. Adding the new bridge for “Bruising pt. II” was a little trickier, as I struggled with getting the melody just right. Songwriting is a natural flow for me, so it’s difficult to return to an old song and
get the same emotion back.
What was the process of recording the video like?
Recording the video was tough because the whole video was to be shot in one
continuous take, and the house was small with tight corners and hallways. It was difficult to
move around and get a seamless shot, but we did our best!
Do you have any good stories to tell us when you filmed the video?
At the time we were filming, a few of the actresses in the video were also in a play at
Stony Brook University. To get Jessica DiPaola (the last character to appear) to conjure up the
anger needed for the scene, we had her recite an intense monologue from the play. It worked so well that I was genuinely scared of her in that moment.
Check out the video below;
Who directed the video and what was it like to work with the director?
Jolil Ullah from Vacant Eye filmed the video, but I was the director this time. I’m a
perfectionist, so I’m kind of a pain in the ass to work with!
Will we see a EP or Album next year?
I hope so. I have a lot of material that’s ready to be recorded, so you’ll most definitely be
hearing some new originals in 2018.
Do you have any gigs coming up or maybe a tour of your own?
I have no gigs planned at the moment, but if you keep an eye on my social media, you
can find where I’ll be performing next.
If so where will you be heading?
I typically play gigs on Long Island and in New York City.
Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?
I haven’t played in the UK yet, so any venue in the UK is a dream venue!
where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?
I’d love to play at Jones Beach one day. There’s this amphitheater on Long Island that
sits on the water, and if you don’t mind the mosquitos, you can see a beautiful sunset and listen to live music at the same time.
Do you have any collaborations with any other artists in the planning?
I have no set collaborations at the moment, but I love to co-write with other songwriters.
My latest cowriting venture turned into a song called “Fallin Over You” by The Captain The Pilot The Driver.
What made you go in to music?
As a teenager, I used songwriting as a way to express my emotions. I realized that I
enjoyed singing and playing, and by the time I finished high school, I was ready to start
Do you play any instruments?
The guitar is my main instrument, but I can play a little bit of piano, bass, and ukulele.
Who are your influences?
I grew up on pop and rock music, so those genres were the most influential to me. Taylor
Swift was a huge influence, as she inspired me to play guitar and be honest as a songwriter.
Now, I’m influenced by many artists across a variety of genres including Kimbra, Jon Bellion,
Alicia Keys, and Anderson .Paak.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Much of my songwriting inspiration comes from my own life. Real events, people, and
conversations tend to make their way into my lyrics.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself as a better musician and a more accomplished songwriter. I hope to have a
bigger following and have opportunities to collaborate with other artists.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Aside from music, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy trips to the
beach, getting some exercise, and seeing new places.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I’d tell aspiring musicians to never stop training. There is always room to improve with
any instrument, especially your voice!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
I can’t forget to bring a bottle of water, extra guitar picks, the setlist, and CDs/ merch to
sell. But, the most important thing to bring to a gig is a friendly attitude. You have to be ready to interact with the other musicians, the crowd, and the venue’s staff. It’s just as important as a good performance!
You are away from home on tour for ages and you get back, where is your go to place in your
I’d head right to Little Vincent’s Pizza. They do this amazing cold cheese slice where
they put cold mozzarella cheese on top of a plain piece of pizza. My mouth is watering just
thinking about it.