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MNDR Amanda Warner & Peter Wade.JPG
MNDR in Los Angeles in April 2013. From left: Amanda Warner, Peter Wade
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

MNDR is an American electronic music duo formed in New York City in 2009, consisting of singer/front woman Amanda Warner and producer Peter Wade. According to Warner, MNDR "is my artist name that I have had since 2005. MNDR is a group with Peter Wade in the sense that we make and write all of the music. However, I perform as a solo artist and all that comes with that."[1]


Amanda Warner was born and raised on a farm in Fargo, North Dakota.[2][3][4] Her father built a four-track reel-to-reel in the basement of their farmhouse, and when Warner was about nine or ten years old, he taught her how to record on it.[2][5] She studied chemistry and music at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she graduated in 2001 and received a music degree with a concentration in double bass.[5][6][7]

Warner moved from Oakland, California, to New York City in 2008 to work as a songwriter for hire. It was only after meeting Wade that she began to consider fronting a musical act herself. MNDR has opened for bands like Yacht, Massive Attack, Deerhoof, Miike Snow, Duran Duran, Chromeo, Erykah Badu, RAC, and CSS and frequently collaborates with visual artist Jamie Carreiro, who provides visual effects for MNDR's live shows.[8] Warner and Wade uploaded four tracks to Myspace in 2009, and those tracks eventually became MNDR's debut EP, E.P.E., released on April 6, 2010 on Wade's WonderSound Records.

Warner is featured on the song "Bang Bang Bang", the first single taken from Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.'s third studio album, Record Collection. The song was co-written by Warner, Wade, Ronson, and Q-Tip. Daniel Kreps from Rolling Stone describes MNDR as providing "the song's indelible French-laden hook" while "a debonair Q-Tip absolutely slays on his verses."[9] MNDR joined Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. in 2010 and toured US, Europe, and Australia and continued to promote and tour MNDR alongside Ronson's tour.

On January 17, 2012, MNDR released the single "#1 in Heaven" on Ultra Records.[10] Warner told Spin magazine that the lyrics are inspired by kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, commenting, "The lyrics to the chorus are her words [...] After she was arrested for robbing a bank where someone was murdered, her only press statement was, 'Tell them [my brothers and sisters] I am smiling and send my greetings.'"[11] The accompanying music video was directed by Ssion lead singer Cody Critcheloe and takes inspiration from "strong iconic" women such as Jane Fonda, Wendy O. Williams, and Valerie Solanas.[11] In an interview with Coup De Main magazine in February 2012, Warner revealed that the duo's full-length debut album was titled Feed Me Diamonds, adding that the title track is a homage to performance artist Marina Abramović.[1]

"Faster Horses" was released on July 17, 2012 as the second single from Feed Me Diamonds,[12] followed by the title track on December 17, 2012.[13] The album, produced and co-written by Peter Wade, was released on August 14, 2012 by Ultra Records,[14] and was streamed in full on the Spin website the previous day.[15] Feed Me Diamonds was named the eighth best pop album of 2012 by Spin magazine.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 MTV O Music Awards Best Web-Born Artist[17] Nominated
2012 Beyond the DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer[18] Won


Studio albums[edit]

  • Feed Me Diamonds (2012)

Extended plays[edit]

  • E.P.E. (2010)


  • "C.L.U.B." (2009)
  • "Caligula" (2010)
  • "Cut Me Out" (2011)
  • "#1 in Heaven" (2012)
  • "Faster Horses" (2012)
  • "Feed Me Diamonds" (2012)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Bang Bang Bang"
(Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Q-Tip and MNDR)
2010 16 75 43 18 25 65 6 Record Collection
"Always on the Mind"[26]
(Psychobuildings featuring MNDR)
2012 N/A
"Go with It"[27]
(TOKiMONSTA featuring MNDR)
2013 Half Shadows
"Let Go"[28]
(RAC featuring Kele and MNDR)
Don't Talk To
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Year Artist
"Pumped Up Kicks" (MNDR 4-Track Remix)[29] 2011 Foster the People
"Spellwork" (MNDR Nighttime Remix)[30] Austra
"Psy-Chic" (Chops and Screws MNDR Remix)[31] 2012 Ssion
"Breathing Underwater" (MNDR Remix)[32] 2013 Metric

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Notes
"You Can't Be Friends with Everyone" 2011 Make Out N/A Production (Amanda Warner and Peter Wade)[33][34]
"You're So Party Tonight" 2012
"Kiss Kiss" 2013 Prince Royce Soy el Mismo Songwriting (Amanda Warner)[35][36]
"Legacy" 2014 Sean Paul Full Frequency
"Les Sex" Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once Songwriting (Amanda Warner and Peter Wade Keusch)[37]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Bang Bang Bang" (Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Q-Tip and MNDR) 2010 Warren Fu[38]
"Cut Me Out" 2011 Timothy Saccenti[39]
"#1 in Heaven" 2012 Cody Critcheloe[11]
"Feed Me Diamonds" Peter LaBier[40]
"C.L.U.B." Fourclops ::)[41]
"Go with It" (TOKiMONSTA featuring MNDR) 2013 High5Collective[42]
"Faster Horses" John Threat[43]


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  2. ^ a b Lewis, Clive "Crash" (April 23, 2012). "MNDR: The interview". electronic rumors. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "MNDR". First Avenue. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lester, Paul (July 30, 2010). "New band of the day – No 837: MNDR". The Guardian. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Capell, Frances (September 6, 2012). "How To Be a Gearhead: In the Studio With MNDR". The Fader (81). Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Walsh, Jim (Fall 2010). "Music Makers". Macalester Today. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Happy Hour /// MNDR". Hudson/Houston. November 15, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ anthoNYC (June 23, 2010). "TLC vs. MNDR: A New York City Minute with MNDR". Tastes Like Caramel. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Kreps, Daniel (June 22, 2010). "Mark Ronson Unleashes the Summer's Hottest Video". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ "#1 In Heaven – Single". Ultra Records. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Video Premiere: MNDR Talks '#1 in Heaven'". Spin. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Faster Horses – Single". Ultra Records. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Feed Me Diamonds – Single by MNDR". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kitching, Bryant (May 14, 2012). "MNDR announces debut album: Feed Me Diamonds". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ Bevan, David (August 13, 2012). "MNDR Breaks Down 'Feed Me Diamonds': Full Album Stream". Spin. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "SPIN's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2012". Spin. December 21 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Best Web-Born Artist". MTV O Music Awards. MTV Networks. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Beyond The DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer". MTV O Music Awards. MTV Networks. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
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  24. ^ "Mark Ronson" (select "Charts" tab). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  25. ^ "2010 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. July 24, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Always On the Mind (feat. MNDR) – Single by Psychobuildings & MNDR". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Go With It (feat. MNDR) – Single by TOKiMONSTA". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR) [Remixes] – EP by RAC". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  29. ^ "MNDR 4-Track remix of "Pumped Up Kicks" on Washington Post's playlist". WonderSound Records. March 23, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Sparkle by Austra". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Bent: Ssion". Amazon MP3. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  32. ^ Hogan, Marc (February 14, 2013). "Metric's 'Breathing Underwater' Soars in MNDR's Dance-Pop Remix". Spin. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Make Out records single at WonderSound". WonderSound Records. October 12, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Make Out Releases Second WonderSound Single". WonderSound Records. February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Soy el Mismo – Prince Royce". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Full Frequency – Sean Paul". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  37. ^ Kiss Me Once (CD liner notes). Kylie Minogue. Parlophone. 2014. 825646328079. 
  38. ^ Brown, Jimmy (June 15, 2010). "Mark Ronson's Bang Bang Bang feat. Q-Tip & MNDR by Warren Fu". Promo News. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  39. ^ Knight, David (April 4, 2011). "MNDR'S Cut Me Out by Timothy Saccenti". Promo News. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  40. ^ Singh, Amrit (December 13, 2012). "MNDR – "Feed Me Diamonds" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
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  42. ^ O'Connell, Nicole (March 27, 2013). "TOKiMONSTA "Go With It" (High5Collective, dir.)". VideoStatic. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Watch MNDR Outrun Reality in Mind-Bending, Art-Blending 'Faster Horses' Video". Spin. April 24, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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