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Why I Joined the MU: Amanda Dal

Multi-genre drummer Amanda Dal tells us about how becoming a member of the MU helped her to skirt dodgy gig deals early in her career, and inspired her to get active and make a difference.

Why I Joined the MU: Amanda Dal
Amanda Dal with drum kit. Photo credit: Chris Vaughan

“I joined the MU after the MU London Regional Officer at the time came to give a talk at my school. He spoke about being a professional musician as a valid career where you have rights. It was inspiring.

“A lot of the time when you play gigs you get dodgy deals, or they don’t want to pay you and it’s great to know that’s not right.

“The MU Conference has made me feel like I want to become more active because I can make a difference. You have to be the change you want to see. It’s our business. We need to shape it.

“At the Conference they talked about the motions at last year’s event. It was great to find out how something has affected you, even if you’re not aware of it. A lot of the time that’s because the Union has been negotiating for better terms.”

Amanda Dal started playing the drums while at school: “I’d never been to a gig or heard anyone play, but I tried it and it was love at first sight”.

She moved to the UK from Sweden to study in London for a Masters in Popular Music Performance. Since graduating she has been busy doing live session work which has included touring in Europe and the UK.

Currently studying with the renowned Ralph Salmins, Amanda can be found performing live with Deep Blue Sea, Rosie Hopkins and other multi-talented artists on the London scene. She is also the drummer of singer-songwriter Low Totem and electro grunge artist Nova Hall.

You can follow Amanda’s updates and news via her Twitter feed @Amanda_Drums, or through her website.

Musician? You can join the MU for £1 and get your first six months free – including contract advice, professional development and networking, and support when you need it most.


Published: 08/07/2019

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