Diemonds have many songs written during demo phase for new album that didn’t make the cut
Panda stated about Diemonds‘ writing process: “C.C. tends to present riffs but this time he worked on a lot of tracks with Toronto producer Dajaun Martineau to really drive the songwriting. I would come in to create and then finesse vocal melodies and lyrics and work together on killer harmonies. However, many of the songs written during the demo phase didn’t make the album. Right at crunch time, a month before recording, I had the wicked chance to write with a songwriter from Boston named Michael Woods – dude is unbelievably talented. I wanna live inside his head. Anyways 4 songs we worked on with him ended up on the record.”
In terms of how the band was formed, Panda advised: “I started Diemonds in 2006 when I tried to get my closest girlfriends Meghan Carlin on guitar and Karly Chambers on drums to jam with me in the earliest incarnations and we found our bass player Gabe Knox to round out the lineup. It was a lot of fun but it was short lived and we recorded two demo songs. I wish I could find them! The band really formed when I met C.C., who ended up becoming the lead guitar, on a tour bus in NYC. We bonded over hair metal and a year later ran into each other in Toronto. We started partying together and writing songs together. He brought in his closest friend Alan Riches on drums and our original lineup was born. And featured me C.C., Alan, and Gabe. We’ve had a lot of lineup changes over the years because Diemonds is an entity and an idea, not just about the individuals in it. I’d like to give a shout out to Daniel Dekay, Paul Mancuso, Vassil Mester, Tyrone B, Tommy Cee, Kyle Lecourt and everyone else for being a part of the gang over the years. It’s been a crazy ride so far.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Priya Panda at The Partaé.