Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Well, I’m a New York girl, half Italian/half Irish, grew up on Long Island and I currently live in Harlem. Been busting my butt to get this music out for the past year with producer Brian Stearns so we are both pretty hype about everyone starting to hear it.

How did you get your start in music?

I’ve been classically trained since I was about 11, but it wasn’t until I turned 18 that I started singing around the city and started to record music. I got into a deal with a producer and, over time, kind of went in and out of different representation until I really discovered who I was and who I wanted to be as an artist. Then I started creating music with Brian and haven’t stopped since. 

How would you describe your musical style?

This is always an interesting question for me because I feel like I am a direct product of what I grew up listening to and what my parents played, which is a lot of soul and fresh music but also female powerhouses. I would say its like a contemporary rhythmic R&B with classic harmonies and big vocals. I always feel like bending five different genres into one. 

What was it like to be featured on DJ Nati’s “Tied Me Down” which garnered over 15,000 plays in the first 48 hours?

It was a really interesting experience because I really never did dance music, so to hear my voice on top of a beat like that was definitely cool to listen to and kind of inspired me to branch out a little further in my production for my own music.

What can you tell us about your latest single, “Make Me Hate You”?

“Make Me Hate You” is a complete act of exhaling emotion. I wrote it quicker than almost any song I’ve ever written. I was completely exhausted and confused and in an episode of self-loathing. The idea came to me on the subway, which is honestly where I get my best ideas. I went home and wrote it immediately. I brought it to Brian and we started creating it. It feels like we spent hundreds of hours on this song. I wanted to make sure it was more than just something to listen to, it was something to go through. Hopefully, by the end of the song, the listener feels clarity and less weight on their head. 

What can audiences expect from your EP, “Artemis” due for release this summer?

Definitely expect a lot of raw emotion, a lot of big notes, a lot of power, a lot of feeling and passion. I want them to feel full and satisfied as if they are getting all the elements. I want it to be an experience rather than just an EP. I know that’s a tall order for my first project but I truly want to set my self at the highest standards possible. 

Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the audience experience like when they see you live?

I definitely will have a show to premiere my EP and some songs that will be on the next project. The audience experience is super communal. My favorite moments are when I’m singing songs that really hit me hard when I wrote them, and I can sit and connect with the audience. My band does an amazing job holding it down and getting the vibe right. It’s really something that you can enjoy.

What’s next for your career?

Well, the next EP will hopefully come shortly after this one. I really want to look towards getting on a tour and playing at festivals. But ultimately just find more ways and opportunities to connect with other artists and musicians to make music that changes people. My friends are all talented producers and artists and musicians so I feel really blessed that we can all move up together. 

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

3 things: #1. You have a right to be here. I had a teacher tell me this and it instilled a confidence in me that never left. You are here for a reason, you do this for a reason. You are not less than the people around you. You have a right to be here. 
#2 Don’t sacrifice form for speed. My high school coach said this and it holds true in everything I do. If you are feeling the pressure to skip steps or to go the easy way out just to get things done or released, really fight the urge. You will regret rushing a project that you are putting your heart into. It’s easy to feel unfulfilled this way.
#3 your gut feeling is usually correct with what you want to create. Follow what feels natural and don’t compare yourself to what’s popular. Compare yourself to the past you that you believe could be better. 

What’s your life like outside of music?

My life is always at a consistent level of chaos, and honestly, I think that’s how I function best. If my life isn’t crazy I think there MUST be something wrong. I have a big family with a lot of cousins, my brother just got engaged and I live with a bunch of people with 2 dogs and a cat. It’s all really amazing and there’s never a dull moment where I’m not inspired by some insanity.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

You can find me on instagram at @d.bidea , twitter @Diana__Marie my website is hit a girl up I love connecting with new people and hearing how they take the new music


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