“I find when I wake up I’m still in a dream state and for that reason uninfluenced by the world …”
Check out the interview with Diego D exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Diego D: I started to rhyme sort of late, about 17 to pass the time. I had just tore my MCL and ACL playing basketball. The injury effected my morale, so I guess I channeled my focus through rhymes. I’ve always been interested in the meanings of words and their contextual value. Over the past 8 years I’ve recorded about 200 songs, written 1,000 or 2,000 verses. I think I’m prolific when it comes to creating. It’s a passion, it’s life for me.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
The obvious social platforms are being used, but I still believe the old fashion way works best. Going out on the scene, performing, and getting the masses to talk about you. We’ve been thinking of becoming more interactive with the audience. Possibly starting a podcast and working with other artists in different domains.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
I feel the industry is saturated. The greatest challenge is standing out, being unique. Being recognized for your music is something the ego of an artist really wants. The challenge is overcoming yourself and feeding off intuition rather than opinion.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Montreal features a variety of music. The problem is the music scene is very underground. We don’t have great media coverage, nor do we have the big music labels promoting too many artists here in Quebec. That is why I emphasis originality, bringing a Montreal vibe and sound to whatever genre.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I do think the independent artist is the wave of the future. People are always interested in the unknown talent. Nowadays an artist can have a quality sound straight from his/her basement. The internet has given us a vast platform to be heard, and it’s up to the artist’s perseverance to be recognized.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Believe in yourself. All will doubt you, but if you believe in yourself there is nothing that can stand in your way without you knocking it down. Art is an expression of life, so whatever your persuasion, no one can tell you it is right or wrong. Determination and passion are the recipe.
What inspires you to write your next song?
A good nap sometimes does it for me. I find when I wake up I’m still in a dream state and for that reason uninfluenced by the world and in tune with my subconscious and what my heart desires. Time also plays a role in creating. I sometimes go weeks without thinking of lyrics, allowing me to absorb the experiences I’m having and not forcing anything.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I used to start with 2 lines and just let the flood gates open. Nowadays I’m much more calculated. I may come up with 2 bars and sit on them for weeks before writing something else. Again, the music is always the pillar to the palace of words. For me I can explode and finish 2 verses and a chorus in 30 minutes or I sometimes let the vibes simmer.
What do you think makes a great song?
I think a great song is subject to opinion and taste. What I feel is a great song could mean nothing to you and vice versa. I mean there are so many dynamics that can make a song great. Sometimes it is just a line, the perfect line, well placed with the right emotion, the feeling the sense. Sometimes it’s a great hook.