Seattle native, Mark Diamond was first introduced to music when he was a little kid and his dad taught him to play the G chord on a guitar. “[It was] in our middle bathroom because it had good acoustics. Prior to that, I had just messed around on the piano a whole bunch,” he recalls.
The now 25-year-old made his official debut, under Republic Records, back in January with the blissful single “Steady“. He says this particular song “is a bit of a push and pull, [an] undiluted sexiness.” He’s currently presenting his debut EP “Hummingbird One” which drops on March 8th.
Bleached Magazine: Why is your new EP called “Hummingbird One”?
Mark Diamond: I had a cool thought many years ago to create a project based around the relationship between a hummingbird and a flower. Asking questions like, “Does the flower miss the hummingbird?” “Does it think about it?” “Does it know that it’ll never come back?”. The emotions felt to match mine quite well.
BM: What song on the EP means the most to you? Why?
MD: “London” — it hits so many different emotions for me, which is important. I get a strange but yet amazing feeling in my chest that I can’t really explain when I hear it.
BM: You’ve mentioned before that you want the people that listen to your music to feel every emotion possible; could you describe in one word what each song on the EP makes you feel?
MD: “Steady” — Relief; “Road” — Confidence; “Promise” — Hope; “London” — Love.
BM: What relation do you find in between the songs? Is the EP telling a story or they represent different things?
MD: There is a story that weaves in and out of the songs. Each one isn’t just cool rhymes and melodies. I really have never made music this fast. The first version of these songs in the studio sound almost identical as they do now.
Diamond is not sure exactly how he would describe his sound. “I just feel like the best things in life are unexplainable and lately the music I’ve been making feels the same to me.” He illustrates. Coldplay, U2, Tom Petty and Troye Sivan are some of the names that come to mind when he talks about artists that have inspired him but he’s not sure that’s necessarily the inspiration behind his music. “Conversations, people, plants, hummingbirds and little moments throughout my day bring me all the inspiration I need to continue writing records for the rest of my life.” He explains.
When it comes to the words, he jokes with the idea that the lyrics write themselves. “That’s kinda how it is really. Sometimes I try and catch the lyrics in different parts of the room. I get a sense I don’t have control over it anymore and the universe sends me the songs that it thinks I should have.” He describes.
BM: You’ve said before that you don’t believe in forcing music but what are some things that you notice help you get into a creative mindset?
MD: Letting go of the idea that music has to be made. The power of choice and decisions and the willingness to open yourself up to it all is what makes me calm and creative. Writer’s block isn’t real.
BM: How did the move from Seattle to Los Angeles affected what you create and the process of it?
MD: Moving to California was one of the best decisions I think I’ve made. I came here for sun, not music. However the experiences I’ve had since being here and the people I’ve met in the craziest ways have led me to where I am at now. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
BM: Is there any advice that you would give to an aspiring musician?
MD: Always write like nobody will ever listen. Something special happens.
BM: What can we expect from you the rest of 2019?
MD: So much music, I’m not even going to pretend like I don’t have so much music right now. Shows, lots of shows. The most important thing this year is getting out and meeting my people. The ones who I’m so grateful to have listening to my music.