Amanda Davis
Engineer Portraits
Amanda Davis is the FOH Engineer for Janelle Monae and Tegan and Sara. Live Sound is Amanda’s passion. One of her favorite parts of the gig is “being able to experience the show with the audience, but with a bit more information. To be in the middle of all that energy is an incomparable feeling.”

Amanda found a path into the world of live sound where she has made a name for herself as a sought-after engineer. Before becoming the FOH Engineer for Janelle Monae and Tegan and Sara, Amanda was a gospel singer in Memphis. She would make her way to Chicago to train as an Opera singer, where she realized the spotlight was not for her.

Amanda would enroll in music production at Atlanta’s SAE and go on to build her live sound skills mixing sound at a local church, as well as a stint on a cruise ship. Amanda is now taking on the role as Production Manager. She constantly gives back to women and girls by teaching and lending her time to organizations that empower women. On the last Janelle Monae tour, she invited young women to see what life on the road is like.

What first sparked your interest in music?

I started learning and playing music really young, so I don't know what actually sparked the interest. I've just always known music had to be a part of my life some way, somehow. Also, Erykah Badu's album Baduizm Live plays a huge role in my love for live music and the concert experience. I was ten years old when it came out and once I heard it, the seed was planted. I remember thinking whatever this is, I need it in my life at all times. 

What are your favorite things about touring?

Traveling and experiencing different cultures, witnessing people's lives change night after night and building a camaraderie/friendships with the band and crew.

Who’s your dream artist to work with?

I mean, who wouldn't want to work with Beyoncé?! LOL! I would also love to work with Carrie Underwood...I really like her and her music!  

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in Live Sound? What is one piece of advice they should know?

Don't fight the room. Trust your ears and don't EYEgineer...if you're EQ LOOKS weird, it doesn't matter, what does it SOUND like?? That's what matters. 

Why is this EQL Directory important?

This directory is important because there are a lot of artists that want to work with women but simply don't know we exist. I'm glad to know we have a place for those looking to find amazing, talented and qualified women who can get the job done. 

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