Sydney-based pop music artist Amanda Easton will officially launch a new album on Sunday April 24 inspired by her accidental love affair with dance music. While planning to make a career as a jazz chanteuse, Amanda’s love of all things disco was born out of the last 20 years spent singing dancefloor favourites out front of dozens of cover bands, where she has sung 70’s classic ‘I Will Survive’ an estimated 1500 times.
The album will be available at most digital retailers including iTunes from April 5. The launch party for ‘Disco Disconnected’ will be held at Slide Lounge in Darlinghurst, famous for its LED light-up dancefloor. Amanda will perform her self-penned tunes, which she describes as theatrical electronic pop, alongside some of her favourite disco tunes from Donna Summer in the 70s to Portishead and Massive Attack in the 90s. Backed by a DJ and a live band, the show will feature tales of the discovery of her inner Disco Diva in a night she calls ‘a post modern discoteque experience’
The new album will feature 10 tracks, produced by local and overseas producers. The first half of the album will consist of 5 original electronic pop and trip-hop tunes while the second will feature dance remixes of the same tunes, with each song mixed into the next in true 70’s dancefloor fashion.
A music video for the title track of the album is also available, shot at Slide Lounge in Darlinghurst by Wyvern Seeto and produced, directed and edited by Amanda herself. It reached more than 2000 views within 5 days after being uploaded to YouTube.
‘Disco Disconnected’ will be Easton’s fourth commercial release. In 2013 she launched EP 'Out of the Blue', with two pop albums before that. She achieved Top 10 positions in the Australian independent (AIR) music charts with two of her self-penned singles and airplay on Nova fm, Rage and MTV.
As well as making a living performing in front of disco bands including Jellybean Jam, Baby Loves to Cha Cha, Chartbusters and One Hit Wonders (among many others) Amanda has toured extensively as a backing singer with multi-platinum artists including Wendy Matthews and Richard Clapton. She has also performed with iconic Australian artists including Powderfinger (2000 ARIAs), Marcia Hines and James Reyne in concerts and television appearances. She was nominated for a Mo Award in 2015.
Amanda produced and hosted her own 13 Episode live music TV series in 2010 called 'PopTarts' which ran on TVS in Sydney and Channel 31 in Melbourne, showcasing female singer-songwriters. The TV series came out of 10 years of live showcase events of the same name that Amanda ran in venues across Sydney including The Basement in Circular Quay and The Vanguard in Newtown.
The ‘Disco Disconnected’ album will be available from April 5 on iTunes and most online stores. The album will be launched at Slide Lounge, 41 Oxford Street Darlinghurst, Sydney on Sunday April 24 from 7pm. Tickets cost from $35 and are available from the venue at www.slide.com.au.