Going to see The Ting Tings earlier this year, I hadn’t known the opener. But I have to say, the crowd was presented with a splendid musical surprise and performance. MNDR (Amanda Warner) completely rocked the stage and her electronic music completely electrified the audience. So when she said she’d be up for an interview, I was excited to have her answer some of our questions!
AMBY: You just released your new album Feed Me Diamonds, what are the three must hear tracks on it?
MNDR: Do make me have a “Sophie’s Choice” moment…ahh. If I had to choose, I would say Feed Me Diamonds, Burning Hearts, and Faster Horses. If you have the bonus album I LOVE Draw The Curtains and Bombs Away.
AMBY: And you’ve been on tour with Shiny Toy Guns. What is the craziest thing that has happened to you while touring?
MNDR: Unfortunately we are at the end of the tour and I have been stranded in NYC and missed Pittsburgh and Chicago. I will be playing the rescheduled NYC and DC shows. Craziest thing—-uhhh Hurricane Sandy.
AMBY: Faster Horses is a very cool track, what is the story behind it?
MNDR: It is inspired by the Henry Ford quote, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” This was a moment in every artists career where the “people” are asking you to be something your not….and you gotta get a little pissed off and write a tune. Also disclaimer, I by no means support or am interested in Henry Ford. He was an anti- Semite. I just like this quote…sucks that he said it.
AMBY: We saw you live in Toronto when you were here with The Ting Tings and you put on a energy charged show. What is the best part of playing live for you?
MNDR: Pop music for me is about connecting with everyone. I love performing and I love touring…and most of all I love connecting with people.
AMBY: What is your guilty pleasure song?
MNDR: I have to say I love love love performing Burning Hearts. It just makes people move and leave their brains and their bodies.
AMBY: What was it like working with Mark Ronson?
MNDR: First off Mark is an amazing musical genius who can also curate a crazy array of people and make something amazing. It was and is the most fun and endlessly giving creative experience.
AMBY: Where would you go in a time machine?
MNDR: I don’t know…I actually much prefer just being a part of what is happening now. Sorry to disappoint. However, my fantasy of the past is a time machine party destination I would like to take all of my friends to.
AMBY: What do you do for fun outside of music?
MNDR: My life is all music. I am writing music, in the studio, djing, performing, playing in other peoples bands, or seeing shows. …this is my fun.
AMBY: You won this year’s OMA’s Beyond the DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer award. What was that like for you?
MNDR: It was really amazing to see the MNDR fans and new fans work so hard voting MNDR everyday on the MTV website. MTV flew me to New Orleans and I got to play with The Flaming Lips and they surprised me on camera with the award. Dreams do come true????!!! It was like LSD Spring Break.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?
MNDR: I have been obsessing about J. Dilla, Tokimonsta, Iamamiwhoami, and The Who.
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2012 so far?
MNDR: Favorite top 40 pop song of 2012 is Natalia Kills Controversy, Favorite Pop Song (non top-40) IAMAMIWHOAMI Goods, Favorite Dance Record Leo Zero Jackin’, Favorite Band Grass Widow Fried Egg, Favorite R&B Frank Ocean Novacane, Favorite Experimental: William Basinski Evening Scars.
AMBY: Tell me something about yourself that nobody knows!
MNDR: I have a GET FREE attitude and I am super into running. DROP IN DROP OUT. I lived in a rave collective in Oakland, CA called Underworld. I was super involved with the following Bay Area Collectives: Grandma’s House, Liminal, and Lobot Gallery. I am a founding, but dormant member of female multi-media arts collective 0TH Also I can drive a combine and grew up on a farm.
MNDR’s album Feed Me Diamonds is out now so check it out here! Also lend an ear to her single #1 In Heaven, a song sure to get you moving. Lastly, thank you MNDR, for giving me your answers!