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If you like melodic Electronica music or "old fashioned" computer music with dancable grooves and a touch of electric guitar, AmadorA is for you. AmadorA is a pseudonym of Gerry Tentler.
Why this name?
"Amadora" is the Japanese reading of the Chinese characters "sky" (ama) and "tiger" (tora). These characters can also be read as "tentora" (a mix of Chinese and Japanese reading). And that's exactly how Japanese people do pronounce my last name, "Tentler". So I used these characters to write my name when I lived in Japan. The all-Japanese-reading "amadora" sounds better, though, so I decided to use that name. BTW, it has nothing to do with the Portuguese city.
Do you play live?
I do perform live on stage, but only as a guitar or bass player in rock bands. The songs of AmadorA have never been performed live on stage - as far as I know.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It's a great medium to present your music to a large audience. And that is what every artist wants, isn't it?
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Of course I would. I can't think of any other way to get your stuff into the charts right now.
Band History:
I started to record my own music in 1985, with a guitar, a keyboard and a simple tape recorder. Later, when I earned my own money, I was able to buy some better equipment and do it more professionally. I was serving in the military then, and some comrades listened to my music and asked me to copy it for them. That's how it all started.
Your influences?
Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream
Favorite spot?
My own boat somewhere at sea or in a quiet harbour.
Equipment used:
In the 80s I used an Atari ST, a Roland D 550, a Yamaha DX 11, a Casio synthesizer (can't remember the model, something like "CZ..." I think), a Roland sound module (something like "M 50" I guess) and a 4 track tape recorder.
In the 90s (in Japan) I used a Roland MIDI recording system (8 track I think, can't remember the model), later a PC (80486/66 MHz), a Yamaha MU80 sound module, a Roland S 50 and an 8 track tape recorder (forgot anything about it).
I also always used a guitar with different multi effectors, and sometimes a bass guitar.
Anything else...?
Please don't expect high quality recording. When I made these songs, I used only simple tape decks. Later I copied them from tape to mini disks, and now I copied them again from mini disk to harddisk, then turned the resulting WAVE files into MP3 files again and uploaded them to this website. You see, lots of copying, and some of the tapes were reeeeally old. You can hear that especially in the silent parts. So again, please don't expect professional quality!