We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Rockenbach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Not everyone in the world has a passion, and of those who do, very few get to pursue it as a career. But this is a highly competitive industry, and many have asked me, either with their words or their eyes, why I would pursue a career path that is so uncertain. I have had many affirmations and mottos come and go in my life, but my current favorite is this: may your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears. You only have today. Even if my greatest hopes and dreams are never realized, it makes me happier on a daily basis to act as if they will. Besides, no one ever achieved their goals by doubting that they ever could. This attitude is what inspired my most recent single “All in Good Time,” a defiant letter to everyone who doubts me, including, sometimes, even myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share about your music style?
Coming out of a now year-long pandemic, I’ve never felt more ready to move my feet. Between the multiple releases that are on their way and live performance opportunities returning, I am excited and hopeful about what this next year holds. As for the art itself, my music reflects who I am as a person: optimistic, enthusiastic, introspective, and of course, feminist as hell! I am lucky enough to have never “chosen” music as my passion or what it is I want to represent, it is just intrinsic to who I am.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the outdoors, so weather permitting, I’d take them to walk the beltline or any of Atlanta’s parks! After a day of biking and throwing the frisbee around, we’d hit up one of Atlanta’s greatest food gems, the Slutty Vegan!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am incredibly honored to have been a student in and an ambassador of the UGA Music Business Program. This program taught me so much about what it takes to be an independent artist in today’s industry, and placed many opportunities and relationships in my life that I otherwise would not have had.