RPM #4: Anomaly Code
Gracing the decks for our fourth installation of “The Robotic Peacock Mixes” (RPM) is Anomaly Code, aka Amanda Mayo, a producer & DJ based in New York City. Born in Miami, FL, Amanda spent her childhood training classically as a pianist and vocalist and began performing professionally at the age of 8. She moved to New York at 18 to attend NYU for Vocal Performance and became interested in dance music while working as a club promoter and bartender. The following year, she took Software Music Production as an elective and delved into writing music on her laptop. Over the years, she experimented with a number of styles – including glitch, alternative hip hop, dubstep, moombahton and electro – before arriving at her current focus of techno and deep house. Amanda started producing under the moniker Anomaly Code in 2011 and began performing high energy live mash-up sets with Ableton & an APC20 at house parties and bars. This lead her to learn how to DJ, and for the past two years she’s been honing her skills on the decks by playing everything from warehouse raves to members-only clubs. Currently, she has a monthly residency at The Delancey called “Throwback Thursdays,” where she and her DJ partners play old school jams covering a variety of genres. Amanda’s currently working on over a dozen original dance tracks so expect lots of new music from her in the near future!
We had a chance to catch up with Amanda and ask her some questions about her mix, nightlife in NYC, and her favorites at the moment.
RP: What inspired your mix and the name “Mind Games”?
AC: As a vocalist, I’m hyper aware of lyrics and I love finding tunes that I can combine to tell a story or express an idea. The thread that ties these particular songs together is the concept of the malleability of perception. Many of the themes circle around desire, the mental back-and-forth and insistent questioning of that desire, and then the subsequent analysis of whatever choices end up being made.
Favorite dance spot in NYC?
Tough question, there are so many awesome parties in NYC & Brooklyn that bounce around different venues. Three of my favorites are Mister Saturday Night, Rubulad, and Warper Party.
Favorite producer at the moment?
Again, so hard to choose! The tunes I’ve included in this mix are by producers I love – Maya Jane Coles, Gorgon City, Isaac Tichauer, Kim Ann Foxman, Hot Since 82 – all of them are great really. I’ve been playing lots of George Fitzgerald’s stuff at gigs recently. When it comes to just pure listening, if there was one artist whose work I play on repeat, it’d be Gesaffelstein. His work is fascinating and often transports me.
I’m most comfortable with Massive. I bought NI Komplete last year when I was making tons of bass music so I worked with it a LOT. However I don’t just use it for basses, I’ve designed some sweet leads and pads in there too.
RPM #4: Mind Games
01. Billon / Hurt Me feat. Lola Cola
02. Isaac Tichauer / I Like It Raw
03. Gorgon City / Real feat. Yasmin
04. Maya Jane Coles / Stranger
05. Disclosure / January feat. Jamie Woon
06. Eli & Fur / Like The Way (Toyboy & Robin Remix)
07. Jonas Rathsman / Since I Don’t Have You
08. Rex the Dog / Do You Feel What I Feel feat. Jamie Mcdermott (Kim Ann Foxman Remix)
09. Jimmy Edgar / Shout
10. Will Azada / It’s, Uh, Like This
11. Hot Since 82 / Error 909
12. Light Year / Moderation
13. Finnebassen / Touching Me