When most people think of rock music, grit, sweat, edginess and rebellion spring to mind. Yet when you take the 80's Hard Rock sound, swagger, slickness and empowerment are drawn into the mix and Diamante's take on said period sound definitely comes packed with empowerment, swagger and an attitude that can be summed up by the middle finger.
The Los Angeles blue-haired rocker is not holding back any punches, with her latest song being a cover of Lower The Atlantis's 'Had Enough'; albeit turned up past 13 (yes that's a Spinal Tap reference) and this song being listed on her forthcoming album (due out soon), things are certainly going well for the 21-year old.
GMA spoke to Diamante about her rock history, her love for Lower Than Atlantis, the revival of 80's rock music and 2018 plans. Check out her lyric video for 'Had Enough' at the bottom of this interview.
"I think that [playing Pat Benetar at family gatherings] exposure to 80's rock as a kid definitely had a lasting impression on me"
Hi Diamante, how did you get involved in music? When growing up who did you aspire to?
"As a kid I was always very inspired by female artists like P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Hayley Williams, Kelly Clarkson, etc. and have been writing songs in a journal and singing in my room ever since I can remember. I always resonated with women who had some type of grit vocally, and I think singing along to these artists every day for years played a part in crafting my own vocal tone."
You just released your latest single and lyric video 'Had Enough', what has the reception been like? Did you approach Lower Than Atlantis for this?
"Yes! I was a huge fan of the song the moment I heard it because I was taken aback in the best way possible by how honest the lyrics were, that level of honesty is always something I strive for in my own music. I think especially in today’s social climate, it’s both important and powerful to be able to tell the world ‘I’ve had enough, I’m pissed off, and it’s time for change.’
How would you describe your sound, it sounds like there's elements of Hard Rock and Punk Rock and involved?
"I like to describe it as 80’s style rock with a modern-day alternative edge heading for a collision course with rock n’ roll swagger!"
Do you receive any negative commentary for being a female rocker? Do you feel that the stigma towards female rock/metal musicians is still present?
"I have, but not as much recently. I think times are changing for the better, especially with all the kick-ass women in rock right now standing their ground and the powerful movements taking place. I have faith that people will come to realize someone’s gender is not a representation of their musical abilities."
Tell us about your upcoming album, where do you get your inspiration from, how long has the process taken from blueprint to recording?
"The album definitely has an 80’s influence, and the songs themselves are an insight and deeper look into who I am and what I feel on a continuous basis. I chose to be vulnerable with this music because I’ve learned embracing vulnerability is the strongest thing someone can do. My producer, Howard Benson, was instrumental in pushing me to be more fearless lyrically."
What do your parents think of your music? Surely they dig rock music as much as you do?
"I am extremely lucky because my parents have always been supportive of my musical aspirations since I was just thirteen. I would not be where I am today without them so I am immensely grateful. Also funny enough, my family on my mom’s side would always play Pat Benatar at family gatherings, and I think that exposure to 80's rock as a kid definitely had a lasting impression on me."
Would you agree there is a revival of 80's hard rock? With yourself and The Pretty Reckless, being two examples?
"Definitely! I think in a way everything comes back around. Even in pop music I’ve been noticing an 80’s comeback with the synth sound. I’m excited about it! Music has been missing that raw energy lately."
What plans do you have for 2018 alongside the album launch? Will there be a nationwide tour, or maybe an international tour?
"My debut full-length album will be out this year! So I can only say that a lot of touring will be happening to support the release. Tour date announcements will be happening in the near future as well!"
Are there any greetings you wish to send out?
"Just want to say thank you to everyone who has been coming to the shows and downloading the music! I can’t wait for the album to be out, I know you will love it as much as I do!"