Priya Panda takes charge and lets us drink from her cup of unholy,
sleazy old school hair metal tunes. From the top of her high
heels and with a rebellious rock star attitude she walks down the stage
accompanied by her dedicated bandmates who don't take long to join in
the party. In a second, they take you to the streets of LA where
blend in perfectly with their fun troublesome music demeanor. I
was happily surprised last March when I went to see Slash and I
unexpectedly, recognized Diemonds storm the stage to open the
show. They did an awesome job and were the perfect openers for the
night. They are currently working on their album The Bad Pack soon to be
released. For more info on this band and tour dates, visit: Diemonds.net
|Interview by: Valerie Bastien|
Valerie: Can you please introduce yourself! Talk to me about your music.
Diemonds: We are a party rock n' roll band from Toronto. We love hard rock and grew up listening to all the classics like Aerosmith, Guns n' Roses, Motorhead and Sabbath to name a few so we're definitely influenced by them. We're badass, fun, female-fronted rock. You gotta see it live!
Valerie: What inspires your writing? Tell me about your latest album.
Diemonds: Life inspires our writing. Our next record The Bad Pack, which is coming out soon, is inspired by living in the city and keeping your friends real close and your enemies right under your nose. It's about figuring out who you are and how you wanna live.
Valerie: What makes you proud?
Diemonds: Being an independent band and just putting our heads together to make opportunities happen for ourselves makes us proud. We've toured Canada five times, are just about to head out for our second US tour and are stoked on all the amazing stages we get to play this summer. It's so cool when we get to share a stage with our heroes, like Slash, which was a really wicked hometown gig for us in March.
Valerie: Why do you feel the title The Bad Pack will represent the overall delivery of your next album?
Diemonds: The Bad Pack is about us - a gang of wolves roaming the concrete jungle. Couldn't think of a more appropriate title for the second Diemonds record.
Valerie: How do you feel you have grown musically since your beginnings in the music industry that makes you unique and who you are today?
Diemonds: Music's meant to be heard live and loud and I think it's where we shine. We feed off the energy of the crowd and it's where we love to be. I think we've grown as live musicians as well as songwriters.
Valerie: What will be the first single for this album and what is it about?
Diemonds: The first single from The Bad Pack is Take on the Night and it's about giving every night everything you got. I think people can relate, especially when you take a step back from your life and see it's about experiences and relationships and connections, not dying slowly in an office somewhere.
Valerie: What is your favorite song on this album?
Diemonds: Depends who you ask. C.C. would say Get the Fuck Outta Here. Priya would say Loud N' Nasty and D.K. would say The Bad Pack...
Valerie: Is it important to you to write meaningful lyrics? Explain what song in particular resonates with you on a personal level.
Diemonds: Sure. Sometimes it's just as important to write lyrics that people can lose themselves in and not think about as it is to write songs that make people scratch their heads. I would say Mystery holds a special place for us, because it's about growing up in a band. It's about giving up everyday comforts and conveniences to be a nomadic musician. It's the only life we know and we wouldn't really have it any other way.
Valerie: What song would you hope for people to relate to specifically and why?
Diemonds: The title track The Bad Pack, is about joining the gang of the people that exist in the underworld and live life differently. Living your own way and carving out your own path is pretty important. We're hoping people can take away something from that.
Valerie: Do you have any near future touring plans? Where can we buy your music and see you play?
Diemonds: Full May, June, July & August US tour dates available at Diemonds.net Canadian tour in the works for September. You can buy the first record In the Rough on Itunes or from the site. See you on the road!
Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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