Abby Diamond is a singer/producer/composer/soulstress based out of Los Angeles, California, creating electronic soundscapes filled with soul, feminine energy, and dynamics. I had the pleasure of witnessing her act in Brooklyn, New York a couple of months ago, and her unique voice caught my attention. She grew up listening to Motown everyday in the car while living in New Orleans, transitioning into a Jazz vocalist soon thereafter. Her energy was vibrant and radiant throughout her set. You can tell that she puts a lot of effort into each and every aspect of the arrangement and harmonies of not only the sounds, but also the movements and energy she gives off.
Her new song is There’s A Light In My Room, the leading single from her forthcoming EP, Sorceress. The song is an ultra textured neo-soul track containing glitchy melodic and smooth vocal arrangements. There is a lot of movement in the song from the ambient water flowing to the cranking “Jack-in-the-box” sound. Abby’s essence is felt throughout the track, making it clear that she produced the track as well. The harmony between the voice and instrumentation is extremely close nit. The song almost sounds like it’s spinning from time to time. THAT’S how dynamic it is. Abby is a symbol of sexual feminine energy, which is shown through her robust, passionate vocals.
I love when artists share a quote along with their project, so read below for Abby’s take on making music.
“Making music is really cool because there’s something inherently similar about everyone who is drawn to a specific artist or song. Putting out a song is putting out a certain energetic frequency, and thus the audience that culminates around each song is made of of people who match that frequency. I want to know these people and learn from them. I want to meet them and sing to them in person and I want to make art books about them and with them and for them. I want to create records that each center around basically one specific thing in my life that I can’t stop thinking about. Often this is a relationship, or a dynamic I notice in relationships, etc. After Sorceress is out, I will focus each year on writing a record and creating an art book and films that encompass / touch into the facets of each album concept. I make art in order to process my emotions and come to epiphanies. Each completed song is the result of an emotion that has been assimilated from an experience that I went through.” -Abby Diamond
Check the video below for the time I got to witness Abby Diamond LIVE.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Abby below. You know the drill. Press play on the Soundcloud embed below and read the interview for the FULL Abby Diamond experience.
Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?
I’m from San Francisco! I didn’t really grow up among musicians per se. The biggest thing I can say shaped me in my childhood was my mom’s taste in music. She used to play Motown and old school R&B every day, and I pretty much knew every word to what ever would come up on the radio station she would turn on. Those styles deeply influence how I write and sing runs now.
What instruments did you play when you were younger?
I took piano lessons off and on for years. I got into learning guitar for a short spell. I picked up alto saxophone a bit in high school because they wouldn’t let me join the advanced Jazz band as a vocalist unless I played an instrument.
Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?
Piano! Well at least play it well haha.
Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?
I took a class in San Francisco at this school called Pyramind taught by a really cool musician named Liam Shy (Mountain of Youth), when I was 20. For a really long time I kept switching back and forth between Ableton and Logic, but I use Ableton for live shows so eventually I settled with that one.
What was your favorite studio moment when producing your newest single, There’s A Light In My Room?
After Agor (Blue Hawaii) and I finished all the rough mixes we drive around his old neighborhood in Glendale in his beat up Mercedes and listened to everything super loud. It was a very content moment.
What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?
Host dinner parties, make art books, go on walks, drive around for hours in LA traffic listening to SZA and thinking about things, go to lesbian bars.
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities?
Yesss I’m really into acroyoga.
Who are your musical influences?
Lauren Hill, Blood Orange, Rihanna, Blue Hawaii, Princess Nokia
What DAW do you use and why?
Ableton. I love Logic too, but Ableton you can use live super easily and there are just a lot of little things about it that are such a life hack.
Do you have a favorite Mic that you like to use?
Mm, I like a lot of different ones. For recording, I have a KSM32 Champagne. It’s a cardioid condenser.
Do you do any singing warmups?
Lol yes. They’re quite elaborate.
Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?
I like to work with other people. A lot of times I will Skype with a musician friend and share my screen with them while I make something. We’ll often start with a reference track of a song that I can’t stop listening to, and we’ll create something that has a similar feeling to it.
What is your go-to MIDI Controller or instrument to produce with right now?
I use an APC40 mkii for shows. Honestly I kinda just like using my computer keyboard when I produce.
Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?
Get someone really good to tutor you on Skype and share your screen with them while you produce a song, they can give you advice and teach you key commands but YOU click the buttons.
What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?
What is your favorite color?
Magenta and gold
What food do you eat the most?
Smoothies and salad
Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?
I make these elixirs with lots of herbs and superfoods.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
I still got mad nostalgic love for soundcloud
What is next for Abby Diamond?
I’m releasing Sorceress the EP in late September with a feminist coffee table art book that goes along with the record and lots of videos to follow:) If you want to come to a show sometime, text abbydiamond to 38470 and I’ll let you know when I’m playing in your city xoxo