Diamante is an unprecedented force in the pool of rising artists; she brings a hard-hitting rock edge to the party-so-hard mentality permeating pop music today. Her new single “There’s a Party In My Pants (And You’re All Invited)” is the third single to be released off her new EP Dirty Blonde; her second single “Bite Your Kiss” hit #3 on Billboard’s Hot Singles chart and the music video has garnered nearly 300,000 views on YouTube. Below, we chat with this fiery young artist and get a glimpse of the inspiration behind the EP and her future plans. By Joshua Forrest
Cliché: Who or what are your major musical influences?
Diamante: My biggest musical influences are female rock icons from the ‘80s, like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, etc.
You’re currently on tour with Flyleaf and other female artists as part of the Hottest Chicks of Hard Rock 2015. How does it feel to be working with all these talented women?
I was really nervous and excited at the same time because not only is it my first real tour, but the line-up is incredible! It’s been such great exposure and it’s definitely insane to me because I remember being only fifteen and listening to Flyleaf in my room all the time. It’s been a humbling experience, and I’ve learned so much from these women.
You’ve achieved a lot at the young age of 18! Where do you see yourself musically in the next few years?This last album is definitely more free-spirited and not very serious, but it’s so much fun to write and perform on stage. I’m in the point in my life where all I want to do is have a good time and be fearless, so the music I’m making reflects that. In the future, however, I can see myself writing more serious music. I am going to be heading back into the studio soon, and my vision for it is edgier and heavier. I really want to make authentic rock ‘n’ roll with an ‘80s feel.
What current artists do you enjoy listening to?
My musical taste is very broad because I appreciate all genres. I really enjoy listening to bands/artists like Paramore, Halestorm, Florence and the Machine, No Doubt, Dorothy, PVRIS, and In This Moment. I’m very drawn to music with grit.
We noticed that you’re very active on social media; do you think that’s important for artists?
Yes. In such an electronic age, I believe that social media is ESSENTIAL for artists. If I were not in the entertainment business, I wouldn’t even have it, but it’s crucial for being in contact with fans and for getting your name out there. On top of that, unfortunately, numbers mean everything.
When can we expect a full-length LP?
Very soon! When I’m not on the road touring, I will be spending countless hours in the studio working on new material. I’m very excited for what is coming next.
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Diamante Interview: Photos by Curtis Noble