DIAMONDS AND BLOOD: Walking Through Storm

Diamonds and Blood

Back in November, Diamonds and Blood released a video single for “Makes Me Feel Alive.” Singer Taylor Diambrini talks about the inspiration behind the single, the band’s upcoming show, and more.

Define the mission of Diamonds and Blood.

The mission would be to make great music that comes from my heart, show it to the world and hope that listeners and fans that share the same influences can relate and dig it.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent single “Makes Me Feel Alive” and the themes it captures.

The creative process was basically me, my guitar and laptop. [laughs] Then I brought it to a producer Matt Squire and we started getting the live instruments and sounds from drums, guitar, bass, vocals that where originally intended for this project and sound.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Makes Me Feel Alive”?

The message is personal, in hopes that the listener can relate in his or her own way depending on what he or she is going through. It’s about finding enjoyment in suffering, walking through a storm and feeling warmth, finding love/light in darkness, feeling free in the fire, the concept of “dancing in the flames” which is one of the lines in the chorus.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

My pen pad, little recorder on my phone. [laughs]

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Careful wouldn’t be the right word at all. [laughs] It’s more of a feeling and energy that comes, a moment of inspiration where everything starts to flow out. Sometimes it can take no less that 5-10 min, sometimes it’s a sculpture that I slowly chip away at for several days, if not more, and it becomes a completely different monster than originally intended .

Describe the approach to recording the single.

Basically, as I said, me, my room, my guitar, my pen and pad, my laptop and a giant cup of coffee. Then from that point on just try and write something that creates and brings the energy that I would want to deliver live, or that I want a listener to feel when he or she is listening to the record.

How long “Makes Me Feel Alive” was in the making?

Two days to write, two days in the studio with Matt Squire. [laughs]

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the song?

You can pull from many artists from many different genres. Some bands including, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine… A lot of my early blues influences, Otis Rush, Freddy King, Shinedown, Zeppelin, the list goes on… Whatever was inspiring at the time, and then it kinda came out as some sort of active rock mash up.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think it’s a helpful tool, positive depending on how the artist uses it. I think a lot of good artists get washed away in a giant sea of bad ones at the same time though with social media, etc… The way an artist has to market, distribute, promote themselves… But I think if it’s embraced the right way with the right artist it can be very useful and helpful.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Uh possibly and hopefully one day definitely. I think some subjects I write about are very heavy, and carry emotional weight to them, and are very personal. Dealing with memories, true events that I have been through, and turmoil that I have or am currently dealing with. So I hope that the listener can relate and connect to the music the way I once did to my favorite artists and records. Helping that person through those rough times, if not just having the music, words, melodies, etc. Be part of their life.

What are your plans for the future?

Put out the full record, keep writing more music, continue growing in that process as an artist and singer, start playing some more shows and maybe some touring at the end of this year! Playing a show with Escape the Fate at The Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood. If anyone is in the L.A. area you should come out and check us out!

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