Born in Stockholm, Sweden, her childhood was spent annoying the family with endless repeats of ABBA songs. As early as eight she confiscated the parent’s vinyl collection and monopolised the record player. Motown and 70’s and 80’s LPs were played on a daily basis accompanied by what can only be described as interpretive dance.
At age 14 she saw her first drum kit and six years later set eyes on a career in music. Moving to London, UK, she studied a BA in popular music performance and received formal training in many styles including funk, pop, blues and jazz. After graduating she was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA where she specialised in rock and metal under the tutelage of Dan Foord (Sikth, Krokodil).
Since finishing her studies she has toured in Europe and the UK, honing her musical skills and versatility. In 2017 she performed with Grammy Award winners Clean Bandit and toured with Dom Coyote's award-winning gig theatre Songs for the End of the World. In 2018-2019 she toured with the hit musical Rock Of Ages and became one of the winners in the international drum contest HLAG. The consecutive year she was asked to be a judge in the contest.
In addition to performing live gigs, Amanda has also had the great pleasure of recording with some fantastic producers and engineers including David Holmes (Kerretta, Jakob), Sean Read (Kevin Rowland’s Dexys), Steve Lowe (Elton John, Kate Nash) and James “Lerock” Loughrey (Skindred, Beverley Knight).
In 2020 Amanda toured with Ruf Records’ Blues Caravan holding down the groove for Jeremiah Johnson, Ryan Perry and Whitney Shay. They are hoping to get back on the road as soon as possible. Amanda also works with eclectic rock band Deep Blue Sea who released their chart-topping studio album Strange Ways last year.
Amanda is a TRX Cymbals artist.
Amanda’s playing style is identified by her solid groove, great tone and exceptional stage presence. With a love for performance and a wide taste in music she can quickly adapt to any musical situation and has worked with many artists across a broad range of genres.
© Amanda Dal, 2020