As if 80s rock wasn’t big and sparkly enough, Los Angeles singer Diamante Azzura – aka Diamante – is taking the genre on a modern-day rock’n’roll collision course that she describes as powerful, bold and honest.
Born in Boston, the singer of Italian and Mexican heritage moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 and has been actively pursuing a career in music ever since. She tells us: “When I was younger I did many musical theatre shows, and that is what lead me to fall in love with being on stage. Since then I have been recording and performing as a solo artist because I have always felt my music and my story being its own entity.”
Now 21, Diamante – who tells us she’s obsessed with dogs and spicy food – has been heavily inspired by the women of 80s rock like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks and Debbie Harry, in her words: “I admire not just their immense talent, but their grit and determination to thrive in a male-dominated arena fearlessly.”
And now Diamante is ready to follow in their footsteps by releasing her debut album, which has been produced by Howard Benson (Chris Cornell, Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, Halestorm), later this year.
On the album she says: “People should be expecting a record of hard-hitting rock’n’roll! 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. I wanted to show Diamante the person rather than Diamante the persona.”
The most recent release from the album is a cover version of Lower Than Atlantis’ Had Enough, which gives the track a powerful, anthemic makeover. It opens up with a big guitar riff and fast burst of guitar then Diamante’s big vocals come in with repeating bursts of guitar in support. The guitars drop out in the pre-chorus then dive back in for a big singalong vocals of “Had enough, had enough” through the chorus. The second chorus is followed by a cool guitar riff then building guitar chords underneath some big vocals that lead into a final chorus.
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On the track, she explains: “I decided to cover Had Enough because of its strong lyrical content and sentiment. Something about its unapologetic honesty really captivated me. I think that level of honesty and bluntness of being able to tell the world: ‘Hey! I’m pissed off!’ is very powerful and something that music has been craving, especially in today’s social climate.”
The Diamante is perhaps best realised in her second single, the singalong, sultry rock anthem Coming In Hot. Check it out in the video below:
On what influences her to write music, she tells us: “I tend to always write from personal experience. I want people who listen to my music to relate on a personal level, and I believe that is achieved when writing from a place of honesty. One key theme I always find myself writing about is empowerment and inner strength, many of the songs on the upcoming album tackle personal battles head on! Whether it’s heartbreak or inner demons, I always tap into a place of inner strength to overcome them.”
Diamante will be touring in support of her debut album, with tour dates to be announced shortly. And, when asked whether she’d be keen to head to our shores, she tells us: “I definitely hope so! Touring the UK and Europe would be a dream! If not this year, it will happen soon. I know a lot of people who listen to my music are from Europe, and I would love nothing more than to go to every single country there.”
And if you like what you hear then you can support Diamante’s Pledge page, which features some cool unique merch deals, including dinner with Diamante, her first electric guitar and a private acoustic session.