New Diplomat: Horacio – Vocals, Jef – Drums, Paolo – Guitar, Giovanni – Synths/Electronics, Nate – Bass
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
With only a year under their belt San Francisco’s New Diplomat have caused quite a stir with their electrifying musical blend of multiple influences. On a fast pace rise since the release of their debut EP Buy Yourself Some Freedom, New Diplomat have enjoyed sold out shows, festival appearances such as Noise Pop 2012, SXSW 2012 and BFD 2012. It’s with pleasure to introduce our Music Artist of the Week…New Diplomat!
Joey: How did you guys get together to form New Diplomat. I love the fact that there’s such a diverse culture and background in the group.
New Diplomat: When we started the band we didn’t have an ultra specific idea of the sound we wanted to go for. We all brought our different musical backgrounds to the table, did our thing and New Diplomat is a direct consequence of that. I don’t think we could have a better drummer, singer and so on. We were fans of each other and wanted to be in the same band. The fact that we are from all over the planet…that was pure coincidence, but it does make a good story, I guess.. haha
Joey: You debut EP “Buy Yourself Some Freedom” is a hit…love it! Who does the song writing and what was the inspiration behind the songs?
ND: First of all, thank you! There are all kinds of ways for us to write songs, often someone comes up with a initial idea and then we go from there, but no matter what, the songs are always developed by the whole band. When it comes to the lyrics, our songs don’t lie, they are the direct channel between the world out there and who we really are. So we tune in and express ourselves as honestly as possible through them.
Joey: What I enjoy about you music is how upbeat it is and at times it’s a sad story your telling. What three words best describe your music?
ND: Impulsive (also due to the rather large amount of explosive temper in the band…hahaha), melodic , energetic.
Joey: Congratulations are in order, as you have been selected to play at Live 105 BFD 2012. How does it feel to be part of a such a great event and what can fans expect from your show?
ND: We are indeed very happy to be part of this year’s Live 105 BFD and very honored to play with so many great bands. What Live 105 is doing for local music is pretty remarkable and we are extremely thankful for their support. We’re not exactly sure yet whether there is gonna be crazy pyrotechnics, live snakes or anything of that effect, but one thing we know for sure is that everyone can expect us to play this show like we mean it..like we always do!
Joey: What else is on the agenda for 2012?
ND: As far as the rest of 2012 we are definitely booking a lot of shows outside the Bay Area. LA and Southern California will see a lot of New Diplomat in the coming months.. we’re also talking to different management agencies and things like that. Of course there is also the upcoming release of our new single, that we just recorded with famed producer Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Kasabian, Dj Shadows) . And we are also shooting the video for the song as we speak with our good friend and video wizard Elliott Morin.
Joey: What two bands would be on your dream tour?
ND: The Clash, The Stone Roses (..in their heydays!)
Joey: Fellas thanks again for your time. I’m really excited to catch you at BFD. Any final words or shout outs?
ND: We see a lot of bands nowadays jumping on the current trend wagon, and we’d say “Just do your thing, get good at what you do, no matter what makes you tick! ( as we are humbly trying to do).” Alright, see y’all at BFD!