Amanda has gone from strength to strength with each song of 2020 and shows no sign of slowing down. Her next big release ‘& I Don’t Wanna Dance’ is set for release November 6th.
‘& I Don’t Wanna Dance‘ is exemplary of intentional juxtaposition, with its title completely contradicting the pure danciness of the track itself. With a killer chorus hook, glitchy sampled elements reminiscent of The Chainsmokers & perfect pop vocals. Amanda channels the soft ethereal vocals of Halsey & Alessia Cara matched with the power of Sia.
Inspired by an occasion where she was pressured to dance with someone at a party when she was just as happy watching. She hopes the track will serve as a message to listeners that no means no and to respect others’ boundaries.
“I physically had to break into a run to hide from this guy who wouldn’t stop until I danced with him.’ says Amanda. ‘Some of us are genuinely happy sitting alone, people-watching and sipping a drink – we’re all different.”
The song was co-written with Amanda’s coach Mette Damm and produced by Erik Steen. To record the vocals, Amanda set up a DIY vocal booth in her mother’s wardrobe whilst visiting her parents in Switzerland.
Amanda Rakel refers to herself as a ‘cultural mess’. Born in Germany to a Danish mother and Swedish father, she later moved to Switzerland to attend school and has since lived in London, New York and Copenhagen.
Amanda’s family were always musical. She and her siblings were enrolled onto the music program at school where she promptly broke one cello and two guitars. Amanda wondered if this meant the end of her music career, but fortunately, her butterfingers were only a mild hindrance.
In 2011, Amanda was hospitalised for depression. While in the clinic, she wrote poems that soon matched up with melodies. In the summer of 2015, Amanda moved to Copenhagen and started working with her music coach, Mette Damm and released ‘Soaked’, her first EP, two years later.
Amanda Rakel has come back strong in 2020 after a year-long hiatus. Her first single of 2020 ‘I Tried’ has featured on Spotify Denmark’s New Music Friday, and subsequent new track ‘Magnetic’ was named ‘a true EDM hit’ by Bands of Tomorrow.
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