(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #88: Amanda Bergman of Amason

By on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

Number 9, number 9, number 9… (You heard that sounding like on the Beatles’ ‘White Album’, yeah?) Number 9 on our SXSW 2015-flavoured Quickfire Questions hit parade is Swedish supergroup Amason‘s frontwoman Amanda Bergman, who is a solo musician in her own right. Amanda gives her take on what SXSW must look like to aliens, while also telling us if it hadn’t been for music, why you might be bringing your moose round to see her. Your interest is sufficiently piqued now, isn’t it? Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Simply to play as many shows as possible, humbly hoping that most of them will be good ones!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
To be fully honest I haven’t really looked in to this matter yet… Also, I like being spontaneous with concerts. I do not necessarily like to listen to my favorite music live as much as I can enjoy any type of show simply as a part of a good day. So I’ll just go to as many shows as I stumble upon, I suppose!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always bring dried raspberry leaves which might seem odd when I think about it. But it’s very useful on tour. Other than that – nothing unusual. Normally it’s just a tangle of bad decision making, my bags.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That would be whiskey, always.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard a lot about the festival! I’m sure it will be super fun and I’m excited to go there, for sure. I’m guessing it’ll be somewhat chaotic but I suppose that’s just natural when you throw that many people in to one city for that much beer and music. It’d probably look stupid to aliens.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Probably ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers…

What song makes you laugh?
‘Time To Bum Again’ by Waylon Jennings.

What song makes you cry?
The later version of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Spirit On The Water’ by Bob Dylan.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I’m realizing I don’t have a song for that.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Rosanna’ by Toto.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I like Richard Bach for books and Bob Dylan for lyrics.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a veterinarian of some sort. I’d be specialized in horses and cows and moose.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Apollo’ – Brian Eno, no doubt.

Thanks very much to Amanda for answering our questions and also to Carina, who helped sort this out for us.

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