Teen Sensation Diamante’s Influences Included Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. - Interview

A young musician well past her years is 15-year-old Diamante. Her combination of pop/dance/rock and incredible vocals have already made headway in the music industry. Diamante recently stopped by to talk about her music, new single “Impossible,” and her cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.”

Q – Thank you, Diamante, for talking to me.

A - Hey, glad to be here! Thanks for having me!

Q – You’re sort of making a name for yourself on the independent music scene. What’s amazing about you is that you’re a 15-year-old singer/songwriter with an adult voice. What is your musical background?

A - I’ve always loved to sing because music has always been there for me. When everyone was playing with dolls, I was spending countless hours in my room listening to all my favorite CD’s and performing in from of the mirror. Then when I turned 10, I landed the lead in my first musical at school. I was ecstatic! That’s when I knew performing was my thing. A couple of years later we packed our bags and flew to LA. I did a ton of musical theatre for the first year. Then, I recorded my first song in 2010, and released the EP in summer 2011. Now I’m here having just released “Impossible” and I am so grateful for the amazing response the song has gotten from press, radio stations and fans!

Q – I’ve heard a few of your songs and the music kind of reminds me of a poppier Evanescence. However, your voice has a pop/rock/country combination to it. How would you describe your sound?

A - That’s probably because I love all genres, but especially rock! My sound is a mix of both rock and pop. I’d say it’s very edgy with the angst and force of rock, but my new single has some really fresh pop sounds that anyone can move to.

Q – With the musical landscape consisting of pop stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera, how do you go about separating yourself from the norm?

A - The funny thing is I’ve always felt different, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever been the norm. I guess I made my mark by sticking to my sound and who I am. Every great artist has their own individual flair; it’s what makes them so brilliant. There aren’t many female rock artists out there, and it’s really fun to jump off a stage, yell into the mic, and go crazy with the band.

Q – Who are/were your influences musically growing up?

A - I loved listening to Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne. I would sing all the songs off of Kelly’s “Breakaway” album and every time an Avril song came on, I went crazy! On the other hand, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Patti Smith were always playing on weekend kickbacks at our place.

Q – You do a remake of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.” Why did you decide to cover this song?

A - When I first heard the song, I didn’t understand it, and it intrigued me. The lyrics and mystery pulled me in. Its style also reminded me a little of my own, and every time I perform it for a crowd, I have the best time watching all the adults suddenly stop what they’re doing and look up and get all pumped up.

Q – Are there plans for a full-length album?

A - Yes, for sure! I’ve already been busy writing new songs and I’ll be hitting the studio again to record some new tracks.

Q – Thanks again for taking the time. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - Thank you for having me! You can stay tuned for new songs and get ready for the music video for “Impossible” coming soon!

See the lyric video for “Impossible” here:


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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