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10 Quick Ones with DIAMANTE – June 2018

According to a recent press release: “Diamonds are like artists; no two should be alike. Enter Diamante. With iridescent sapphire hair, a show-stopping voice, runway-ready fashion swagger, and an empowering message, the Boston-raised and Los Angeles-based Mexican-Italian-American sonic heroine brings a new (and blue) fire to rock and alternative music. Serendipitously, her name might as well have pre-destined a future in the spotlight… “In Spanish, Diamante means ‘Diamond,’ and my middle name Azzura means ‘Blue’ in Italian,” she explains. “If I was a color, I would be blue. I love it, because it’s bold, ethereal, and everything I am.” Her single “Coming In Hot”—out June 16, 2017—seesaws between an arena-filling chant and a robust and raucous riff. At the center, she confidently serves up the knockout refrain, “Whether you’re ready or not, I’m coming in hot!” We get Diamante to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

My debut album Coming In Hot is out in the world on June 15 and I am so excited!! What is interesting is the album actually offers the opposite of hidden secrets, instead I really tried to be as transparent and honest as possible. When you listen to the lyrics, you really get a deep insight into who I am not only as an artist, but as a person. My inner struggles are openly put on the table. There are some cool production elements though that I think people will pick up on a few listens that lean a little more alternative!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been in love with singing ever since I can remember. It has always been my outlet for expressing myself. Growing up, I was a really shy kid, and being on stage empowered me to break out of my shell and find myself. I was 10 years old in a musical theater production of Grease when I realized I felt the most like myself on stage and that is was where I always wanted to be.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I resonate the most with the women from the 80s! So Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, and Lita Ford.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

It would definitely have to be Joan Jett just because she has always been my greatest inspiration. She had the balls to not only live in the world of rock that was dominated by men, but thrive in it. Her determination and relentlessness inspires me every day.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Rock n’ roll 80’s swagger with a modern alternative edge accompanied by a punch in the face!

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Touring! There is nothing I love more than being in a new city every night and playing a rock show, meeting new people, and going on adventures. I always say that being a touring musician is the equivalent of being a modern day pirate.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Hmm, so far we have been living off of gas station food, so no cooking yet. My guitarist Max and I are tequila buddies, and pretty much all my players are always up for a singalong! It’s how we kill the long driving hours.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I always say that if I wasn’t doing music specifically, I would probably be doing something that still involves traveling the world and seeing new places because that’s ultimately what I love so much about touring, being in a new city every night and meeting new people, so maybe I would be a travel journalist, you know, or something like that. I really like crime novels and mysteries. Maybe I’d be a detective. Or I would just work with dogs.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Honestly, no. I am a big believer that every experience I went through was instrumental in getting me to the place I am today and turning me into the person I am today. Sure, the road could have been much smoother, but it built character.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I think it would have been so cool to be witness to the recording of any Runaways record, just because that bold female energy was so iconic and legendary.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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