Amanda Palmer is well known from her uncontrollable charisma which makes her every show a great performance. Right now she’s on tour promoting her newest album – Theatre Is Evil. It was released after a four year break. While recording Amanda was supported by her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra. Just before her two shows in Poland, she agreed to answer few questions.
musicis.pl: Because of your fans you raised lots of money to record a new album in a really short time. Have you felt absolutely sure that it would happen? Have you expected that it would be so quick?
Amanda Palmer: I did expect that it would go well, but I wasn’t sure exactly how well. I had hoped that we would hit a million dollars, but I also worked very hard for a year to build the Kickstarter. It was a huge learning experience for me, I still need to share a lot of the evil lessons I took away from it.
musicis.pl: Have you changed since Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Amanda Palmer: Haha. You know…not much. The big thing that’s changed is that I’m married and in a committed relationship. The girl who made that record was joyously single. But married life is working out just fine for now, so I’ll take it.
musicis.pl: Now you`ve got new album and you play gigs with The Grand Theft Orchestra, so how do you fell on a stage singing songs from Theatre Is Evil?
Amanda Palmer: Incredible actually. This is a great album for live material, especially with songs like Do It with a Rock Star and The Killing Type. There’s something so wonderful about getting out from behind the piano – finally – and just freaking out like a typical lead singer on stage, holding nothing but a microphone and it’s much better for crowdsurfing.
musicis.pl: You were a stripper, so you showed your body, now you sing, play and write songs, so you show your feelings – what`s harder for you?
Amanda Palmer: Neither are harder or easier. Stripping was actually hard for me because of how unemotional it was. I was so desperate to connect to people in those clubs and instead they just saw my vagina, they never wanted to look me in the eye. I don’t have that problem quite as often at rock shows. But both places of work have their massive difficulties. Try singing a very quiet ballad with someone yabbering away at the bar and it feels like the same thing as someone looking at your tits when you’re looking at their face.
musicis.pl: Do you have your favourite song from all of your albums?
Amanda Palmer: Half Jack is a favorite. So is Mrs. O from the second Dolls record and I’m very pleased with The Ukulele Anthem.
musicis.pl: Which of your songs is the most personal and why?
Amanda Palmer: The most personal? Maybe First Orgasm. It’s a snapshot portrait of one, single, very personal moment in my life. I don’t think I’ve gotten more up close than that.
musicis.pl: You played with Gaba Kulka in Prague. How did you meet her? Will there be any chance to hear you both sing together?
Amanda Palmer: We’re planning on doing a Polish song together at the shows on Krakow and Warsaw, and also doing a song of mine! I love that girl, she’s got an immense amount of talent.