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Music: Diana Zinni

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Brooklyn, NY is home to our most recent exceptional artist, Diana Zinni.  A singer/songwriter in the purest form, she has a knack for achieving the perfect balance of poignant lyrical content and memorable melodies. With her writing partner and co-producer Bryan Kane of Bone Gunn, Diana is able to turn her thoughtful songs into deep sonic landscapes that feature unique textures and instrumentation.

Originally from the small but industrious town of Leroy, NY, Diana has long been in the shadows of the music industry while working on her craft. Patiently waiting in the wings for her time to shine.

At two years old she was inspired to write songs and perform after seeing the Beastie Boys  “Fight For Your Right” music video. As fate would have it, after graduating from SUNY Oneonta’s Music Industry program, she went on to intern at Chung King Studios. The famous former “House of Metal” where Rick Rubin produced the Beastie’s debut License to Ill.

Since then she has been instrumental in the mastering process of some of the biggest releases of the past decade while working at the prolific Joe Lambert Mastering studio. Click on the link to see the work that has passed through those doors to have your mind blown.

Now with the release of her debut EP More, Diana is honing her live show and heading back to western NY for a bit of homecoming show at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester, NY on Saturday June 6th. She takes the stage at 9:15pm and you can find tickets here.

With an astute business acumen and a seemingly endless tank of inspiration, ambition, and talent. Diana is quickly making a name for herself as one of the hardest working indie artists in the game. We here at Evensound were lucky enough to get to pick her brain before she starts the second phase in her career.

 

Can you describe the writing and recording process for the More EP?

I had a moment of surrender right before these songs started coming through. Changed jobs, really started to ask some big questions and I think that opened a channel. I wrote everything in my Brooklyn apartment for the most part. Had a keyboard, acoustic guitar and a minimal Pro Tools set up. Luckily, I met my producer, Bryan Kane, shortly after I started writing and he just “got” me and created arrangements beyond my wildest dreams. He also developed me as a singer, overall. When the student is ready, the teacher arrives, they say. It felt so good to have someone appreciate my songwriting and put so much of their own energy into the project.

 

Your music videos have a very clean and direct visual impact.
How was that process?

 

I know so many wonderfully creative people and it was thrilling to finally be able to collaborate with them. I trust my own taste, but I’m no video editor! I loved being able to say, “do this” and have it magically exist. These 2 videos were an introduction and I can’t wait to expand upon what I have to say artistically.

How are you preparing for your live shows and what can we expect? Are you excited to bring the EP to life?

I’m really excited about my set because I’ve only released 4 songs so far and the set includes songs people haven’t heard yet that will be included on my upcoming full-length. Right now, I’m playing solo with an acoustic guitar. It’s an intimate way to meet my songs for the first time.

Given your proximity to the music industry, what are your thoughts on current pop and indie female contemporaries?

I have admiration for and draw inspiration from many current female artists. If the statement you’re making is clear and you’ve got great songs, I’m on board regardless of genre.

 

What are you listening to these days?

 

I’m really enjoying the new Florence + The Machine album.

 

What did you think of your Audiokite experience and what insights would you offer other indie artists looking to develop?

 

Submitting to Audiokite was a blast. I was happy with the results, but I don’t know what would change if the results had been negative. I believe in my tracks and that’s all that matters. To indie artists:  accept that you’re a brand and make that brand as authentic to you as possible. It’s more than just your records: it’s about live shows, videos, social media, etc. Say something meaningful on all platforms.

 

What is in store for the next year?

 

Putting together a full-band live show and releasing the full album!

 

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