Amanda Van West

San Francisco, California, United States

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  • Music journalist/editor
  • MA degree in International Broadcast Journalism, BA in Me...
  • From Born and raised in California (from L.A. to San Francisco)
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About Me


Saving the world with my amazing taste in music


I'm music editor/journalist for a music app company (we did the Band of the Day iPhone app, among others). This means I'm actually paid to listen to music all day, write about it, go to concerts, and meet bands! Fuck yeah :)


"If you've lost your faith in love and music, then the end won't be long"-The Libertines

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Since studying abroad in London for a semester in 2007, I've had the travel bug. I know what it's like to come to a completely new country, without knowing anybody, so I'd like to give people a good, local experience.


I couchsurfed for the first time in 2007, in Italy, and had a great experience! I've also spent many a night on the couches of various friends. In London, we hosted a few CSers.


Music! Going to concerts, especially. Travelling, of course. Meeting new people. British music/movies/television/books/ boys (haha). You!

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: WAY too many bands to list here. But some of my favorite bands include: Hope of the States, The Beatles, The Libertines, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Delays, Bloc Party, The Pipettes, Razorlight, and way too many more. Mostly British rock, punk, and indie stuff.
Movies: Mostly comedies and dramas. Not into action movies at all. Almost Famous, Love Actually, About A Boy, Dumb and Dumber, Little Miss Sunshine, Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Disney movies, and more.
Books: Teen fiction is a guilty pleasure. I'm a Harry Potter whore. Last book I read was "Yes Man" by Danny Wallace...amazing!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Taking a break from filming a documentary in Nicaragua, and running down the steep, volcanic ash side of the Cerro Negro volcano. Scared the crap out of me, but it was one of the most exhilarating things that I've ever done.

Teach, Learn, Share

I will introduce you to all kinds of new music. I want to learn how to speak Spanish fluently. I will share plenty of laughs :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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