Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: Seattle Refined: How long has the band been around/writing together/performing?
Mark Diamond: I’ve been writing music since I was in fifth grade. Even back then I was writing love songs. I probably didn’t realize what the emotions were at the time, but that’s definitely where it all began. I started performing at a young age, mostly at my parents’ church. I have fond memories of those times because it’s where I really gained a love for being in front of people and singing. Throughout middle and high school, I was in bands and playing throughout Seattle. I always took it more seriously then everyone else, which is why those bands never worked out. I didn’t like it when people were late to practice. I’ve mellowed out a lot over the years.
Tell us about the artistic process and the different stages that work into it.
I have gone through so many different methods of being creative. Ultimately, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no rhyme or reason for why good songs come down from where they do. I just always let myself be emotionally available to write them when they do. Also, always keeping instruments within arm’s reach is a good way to make sure you get ideas out as quick as possible.
Where does your inspiration come from? What other musical artists do you take inspo from?
My inspiration is constantly changing to be honest. I find inspiration through conversation with friends and family more than anything else. Inspiration for me comes in the form of sunsets and beautiful mountain ranges when I’m out backpacking. I want to be able to live my life in a way where I can see all of those things whenever I want to. As far as other artists go, I don’t really listen to music that often. However, the person that has been the most special to me in the music world is Chris Martin of Coldplay.
What kind of genre is your music? What kinds of things do you write about?
I usually go with the singer-songwriter category when it comes to genre. It feels the most honest to me out of all the other choices. At the end of the day, I’m just a guy who likes to write music about his emotions. It always comes down to the lyrics and melodies. Everything else is secondary. My songs tend to be about heartbreak. I’m lucky enough to have experienced real heartbreak in my life. I think it creates perspective and has forever given me something to pull from when writing.
Do you have one song that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
Absolutely. Each and every one fills a different hole in my heart, but some are definitely more important to me I think. I wrote a song called “Whiskey” that’s on my first album. It's actually hard listening back to it sometimes still. This new album is a lot of those moments. It’s just a storybook of my life and what I’m going through right now. I hope at the end of it all, the message that gets spread is that love is real and it hurts sometimes but life is good. We all need to know that life is good and love is good.
What experiences in your life have shaped your music/art?
The first thing that comes to mind is just the relationships that I’ve had in my life. I have those moments where I’m like, "wow I can’t believe that because of the pain I’ve gone through I now get to write songs about it and make a living doing it." It’s very special, and I wake up every day extremely thankful. The other thing that has really shaped my art is simply living in Seattle. The place is amazing and highlights a lot of emotions. Forever my home.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find? What about upcoming shows?
The best way to find me is on Instagram and twitter @markdmnd. I’m basically always up to something and that’s the best way to stay up to date! I’m lining up a ton of shows right now for 2020 that we’ll be announcing soon. I’ll be spending most of next year touring for sure. Definitely sign up for the mailer on my website as well. I feel like that’s the best way to find out when I’m coming to your city! www.markdiamondofficial.com
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
The next biggest thing is getting my new album out into the world! Everything feels so special right now, and I’m just eager to get it out. I’m having so much fun creating the campaign for it with my team. Getting merch sorted, fonts figured out and color palettes sorted. One of my favorite parts of doing what I do. Also, we are aiming to play about 120 shows next year. There are a lot of exciting things in the works as far as features go as well that I can’t talk about yet! I’m very excited though.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone.
Dark Roast Drip. If I’m feeling festive I’ll put some oat milk in there too!