Giving away homemade mix tapes to her friends at school, Amanda Astra began growing as a DJ at the young age of 13 years old. With an obsession over sound and recording, she spent lots of time unnecessarily recording sounds of everyday life, indoors and outdoors which fascinated her as she played them back to herself. While her Barbies collected dust, Amanda began playing around with audio software that allowed her to manipulate those sounds and she soon began creating music of her own at the age of 16.
After graduating high school she enrolled into Trebas Institute for Music Production in Toronto and completed her diploma. Raised by Polish immigrated parents, she was pushed to complete a university degree which she is now balancing to complete alongside her DJ career.
Currently, the name Amanda Astra graces the flyers of Toronto’s top electronic music night clubs such as The Guvernment and Footwork, rated as 33rd and 79th in Resident Advisor’s top night clubs in the world as of 2009.
Her sound is best described as dark, tech-house with feel-good, groovey, deep funk undertones. Having one or two gigs almost every weekend in Toronto and the surrounding area, she can be found playing at a wide variety of venues alongside Toronto’s top DJs such as D-Unity, Carlo Lio, The Junkies, Manzone & Strong and many more. Just recently she has branched out internationally and has become a seasonal resident in the middle east. 2010 will be a promising year for Amanda Astra as she will be releasing her original productions and playing more shows internationally, including her dubut at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.